Bandsaw decision - G0513X2F or 14 Twelve

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Forum topic by ericcow posted 01-12-2015 03:42 AM 3651 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2015 03:42 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw grizzly g0513x2 g0513x2f laguna 1412 14 twelve fourteen twelve

Hiya, I’m looking at purchasing my first bandsaw. I’ve narrowed it down to either of the two saws listed. I like the fact that both saws have cast iron everything (trunnions, table, wheels), are both 110/220 (I haven’t decided if I’m going to add a 220v plug yet), and the quick release tension lever. Capacity isn’t terribly important to me, so that is a wash imo as both saws are pretty close in capacity. I like the reviews that the Laguna has been getting and their guides. I like that the Laguna has two trunnions compared to the one of the Grizzly (I am wondering if that’s as big of issue as I might be making it). I like that the Grizzly has a footbrake and two dustports. Can anyone give me some real world testimonials for these saws? I read reviews, watched youtube, but would like to hear differing opinions. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 01-12-2015 05:03 AM

Unfortunately this thread will be full of supporters of both saw, which may or may not help. It comes down to both saws being a good choice. I have the Laguna 14 12 and it has been fantastic. I greatly prefer ceramic guides to bearing types. My particular saw is perfect, with a flat table and no vibration. I regularly resaw wide boards and do a lot of curve cuts and it does all very easily. I’m sure the Grizzly does, as well. You literally could flip a coin and be happy. It came down to the tool-less adjusting ceramic guides for me and, honestly, I also really like the way the Laguna looks. I know this doesn’t matter at all but….

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#2 posted 01-12-2015 05:15 AM

Real world testimonials likely don’t exist on this site between the 2 saws your looking at. Like what your going through we have chosen one model over the other. most here will not have real time with both saws to give you a true review.

I use Rikon band saws at work and personally just to throw another option at you.


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#3 posted 01-12-2015 10:18 AM

I purchased the 14/12 last March and do not regret a thing about doing it I did a lot of home work on it before jumping in to including driving a 100 miles one way just to see one down at Wood Werks in Columbus Ohio the guides are great fit and finish looks good enough to put the saw in the front room if I had dust control there that is what I have to say about the laguna I did not look into the Grizzly so can’t help you with that one. I have not seen much negative said about Grizzly in fact have heard good things about their customer service you are going to need to get some Grizzly owners to jump i on this one as so fat you seem to have two votes for the 14/12 good luck on your purchase.

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#4 posted 01-12-2015 01:28 PM

I own the G0513X2BF, and it has been a fantastic saw for me. I would add that I really am glad that I bought the electric brake model, as it stops the cast iron wheels and blade in three seconds. I don’t remember ever hitting the footbrake, but I do understand they do work well. With the electric brake, I’ve never had reason to step on the brake save for an occasional tap with my foot, (when both hands are in use), to engage the stop switch built into it to engage the electric brake on shutoff.

I agree with the others, you will hear many stories of favorites, and when I bought my Grizzly I got very confused for a while. I ended up thinking to myself, “my spiralhead Grizzly planer has been a fantastic machine, why would I believe the saw would be worse?” So I bought the saw, and I am happy.
But you will see Laguna people here who swear by those tools.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#5 posted 01-12-2015 05:30 PM

Thanks to all for the replies and opinions so far. Please keep them coming.

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#6 posted 01-16-2015 05:19 PM

I was looking at those exact models last year and I don’t think you can go wrong with either one. I ended up finding a good deal on a G0555P with accessories on craigslist, and figured that was good enough to get me started, especially since a lot of people seem to like having two bandsaws anyway. If I really get into resawing at some point I could see myself buying a second bandsaw and unless I find a great deal or something better comes out my choice would be one of those two models you’re looking at.

I’ve had a hard time finding anyone who could say a bad thing about Grizzly’s G0513X2 line (aside from wishing they’d gotten a model with a brake), but I’ve seen a lot of inconsistency in reviews of the out-of-box experience with the 14 Twelve. It seems several have shipped with defects such as an unflat table, but maybe people just have higher expectations for Laguna than for Grizzly.

If you don’t have 240v in your shop then the G0513X2BF is a no-go. You mentioned that it’s 120/240 but that is only for models with no electric motor brake (no “B” near the end of the model number). Grizzly’s 17” models which do run on 120 still may not run on your existing circuits because they require a 30A circuit instead of the standard 20A. The models with electric motor brake (G0513X2B and G0513X2BF) cannot run on 120 according to the specs on Grizzly’s website and the spec sheet. That said, maybe all the Grizzly 17” owners all run 240 or were aware of the specs, or the saw doesn’t exceed an under-spec’d circuit enough to matter in real-world use. Otherwise you’d think there would be a lot more complaints.

The differences that some people find offputting about the 14 Twelve are its relatively low table height and that Laguna’s mobility kit makes the saw tippy when moving the saw, but I suppose you could build your own raised mobile stand it bothers you.

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#7 posted 01-16-2015 05:53 PM

I don t remember ever hitting the footbrake, but I do understand they do work well. With the electric brake, I ve never had reason to step on the brake save for an occasional tap with my foot, (when both hands are in use), to engage the stop switch built into it to engage the electric brake on shutoff.

- Tennessee

I’ve been wondering for quite a while, does the footbrake on the BF model only engage the electric brake, or does it also engage a manual brake? Can you stop the blade even faster by keeping the foot brake pushed down?

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