Has anyone ever attempted to put a Grizzly G0555 "ultimate 14 inch
bandsaw" on a Ridgid Herc-U-Lift + mobile base?
Mine's currently on one of the Delta universal kits, which is OK, but
difficult to pilot around our crowded garage. Plus with its high
center of gravity (only getting higher when I find time to install the
riser) the tilt induced with the base engaged for mobility is a bit
I have my Ryobi BT3K TS up on a Ridgid Herc-U-Lift +, and it's a
dream--the saw sits on its own four feet when stationary, and when up
on casters it's (a little) like leading Ginger Rogers around the
ballroom (OK only a very little).
The G0555 is sort of "half open" ... I figure I'd have to remove one
long side's bracing piece in order to operate the H-U-L+ stomping
plate, but thought it prudent to ping the wreck first.
This is the second posting I've seen in a couple of days about mounting
the Ridgid Herculift system under other tools. I have the H-U-L on my
Ridgid table saw and like it alot. I looked online to see where I might
get the lift "ala carte" and can't find a source. Where can you get
just the lift?
Regarding mounting it to your Grizzly band saw: If you have to remove
bracing to get the lift to fit, if it was me, (IMHO) I'd look for a way
to add substitue bracing to compensate.
I was just reading the latest issue of Wood magazine and there was an
article on setting up a bandsaw in an optimal way. It was written by a
furniture maker. He found movable bases didn't make the saw as stable as he
preferred so he mounted his saw on a piece of plywood with those plastic
furniture movers underneath so he could slide it around.
On another related topic, I am thinking about the Griz555 for my shop. Are
you happy with it? Any complaints?
I read the same article and interpret it differently. The Herc-U-Lift is
designed so that when it is retracted, the tool base rests entirely on the
floor in the same way that it would without the lift. Adding the lift should
not reduce the stability of the tool.
Home Depot is clearing out the Herc-U-Lift Plus (a universal, heavy
duty version of the H-U-L on some Ridgid tools). As I understand it,
they once sold for about $90. I picked up my first a few months back
on clearance for $29, which I thought was a great deal at the time
(compared to the $50 for the Delta "corners" from which to fabricate
your own base). The current clearance, however is $14.70! I picked
up a couple at that price, since I can't even get a decent set of
casters for that cost. They're often tricky to find (they were 25
feet up at the HD where I found them) even once you find a store with
them in stock. I just called the local HD and asked them to check
around town for SKU # 352522. Extra bracing is a good idea, thanks.
Robert is right about the H-U-L, it retracts completely, so when not
in "mobile mode" the tool's orignal feet are all on the floor. In
fact, on my very light Ryobi BT3001 TS, it adds a helpful hunk of
weight and bracing to the bottom of the stand, lowering the CG and
probably doubling the weight (!).
I've been very happy with the G0555, especially for the price. It's
my first bandsaw experience, however, so what do I know. I haven't
yet put on the riser kit or ordered up a woodslicer and some
suffolk/timberwolf blades, but it does OK even with the stock blade.
No vibration to speak of, blade tracks fine, adjustments were easy,
and the tool seems very solidly constructed. It did a great job
ripping down some recovered baseboards to fit a section of new wall,
and I even did the bulk of the coping on the tilted table (with a
narrower blade I could have completed the coping).
I fully agree the Ridid won't negatively affect tool stability when in
non-mobile config (to the contrary, it's been a great stabilizer for
my TS, as above). I am somewhat concerned about stability when
mobile, though. Since the casters are, by the nature of the
mechanism, inboard of the tool's existing feed, on something as tall,
narrow, and high-CG as a BS, I am wondering if it won't be tippy as
all get-out when up on the wheels. But at least it would be
level--the tilt induced by the delta mobile base makes me feel like
running over an errant splinter will make the whole saw tumble
(probably on me).
Maybe I'll just give it a shot without disassembling the Delta base.
Worst case I just end up with a few extra small holes in the stand
(and a hernia from getting 250lbs of saw on and off multiple bases).
Thanks for the thoughts, guys,
Thanks for your timely advice. I just bought the last two H-U-Ls in my
area for the $14.70 clearance price (and I might have a line on one
more...). They will be perfect for something I have been working on. I
couldn't even buy one full locking swivel caster for that price!
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