Just received my new Grizzly G0555 bandsaw along with the 6" riser block.
Found no instructions anywhere for assembling the block to the saw. It comes
with the saw assembled except for the table, fence and base. Do you just
unbolt the saw where the block goes and then replace anything that comes
with the block kit, then reassemble what you have taken apart? I have opened
the packages and am going to put it all together tomorrow.
Thanks for any assistance.
Check the manual - maybe it is covered there and that's why there are no
On my King 14" bandsaw, the riser block has positioning pins and a on the
ends, and a label pointing the direction (up) for the block.
As you guessed, that's pretty much it.
You know the top of the saw is REAL HEAVY right? have some help doing it.
When I did mine - (two weeks ago) I took a straight edge and checked as a
reference from wheel to wheel, and then put in the riser block and then
checked the wheels with the straight edge again.
It ended up being the same - then followed the set up from the Bandsaw book
of Mark D.
Once I was confident that it was set up correctly after a few test cuts, I
took a piece of 3/4" maple that was about 8" * 10" and resawed it into
sheets abit less than 1/8" thick. I got 6 sheets - the first 3 are great,
but the last 3 are thin at the top end. I think it is how I had supported
the board, but I was told that my blade could be dull after the initial
My suggestion; Check the alignment of the wheels, (Instruction in manual) before
you remove the top section. After you have removed the top section. Place the
block on the lower section, see if it moves (it might swing slightly as the
lower dowel pin hole is slightly oversize), I think this to allow you to adjust
if it misaligned after you have mate the two sections together. You can buy
fenders' washer at an Ace hardware, should you need to shim the lower wheel. You
will definitely need someone to help you. I use a chain block.
I have been following the groups discussion about riser blocks. I have never
understood why people buy modifications to make a tool heavier than it was
designed for. The 14 inch imported saws are adequate at best. They do their
job properly but need to be set up well and kept tuned and blades sharp. Did
you ever notice that a 14 inch bandsaw weighs a lot less than a 16 inch? A 9
inch metal lathe weighs a lot less than a 10 inch. I have owned several
bandsaws and find them to be one of the most finicky tools in the shop.
It just seems to put a much longer blade in a machine is just asking for
trouble. I was going to get a 14 inch but found a General International used
for $650 and it had 10 new Timber Wolf blades and a rolling stand. Even
though it is an import it weighs 450 pounds and cuts very well. Has any one
had a good experience extending the 14 inch saw?
)not trying to start a fight)
Sure. My G0555 has a riser block. It is not a problem. I routinely
resaw boards over 6" to make veneer for marquetry (about 1/16" thick).
It's of course important to have fair alignment, use a reasonable blade
(3tpi is good) and a decent resaw fence, and to keep the feed moderate
My thoughts on buying the riser block with the saw was because not too long
ago I borrowed the use of a friends saw to make some cuts on a 6X6 that I
was using for the base supports for a 12X20 shed I was building. The 6X just
made it under the saw to be cut, and that limit made me want to have one
with more capacity. As far as wanting a better or bigger saw goes, yes, that
would be nice too, but we get what we can. Used equipment that is good,
around here, is hard to come by. Lots of used smaller equipment around, or
else worn out. Also there is the matter of size and how much I can get in my
work area, a garage and a 1/2, that will give me the best value for the
amount of space I have and how much I can allow for the cost of the
equipment. The difference between the price of this saw and getting one that
is 16 or 18" means I can get another tool I want later this coming year
sometime. There is also the matter of weight. I have found that at 59 and
getting older.. I am less able to comfortably work with heavy items by
myself. (The mobile base from Amizon is on order and not here yet) I could
have waited till I could afford larger and better.. but how long does one
wait till the waiting game is over and we ended up still waiting or, finally
get the ultimate tool and can no longer use it because we are now too old.
Also the fact that a 14 in. bandsaw should be more accurate than an 18 in
for smaller blades, due to crowning on the wheels. This I gathered from
American Woodworker magazine reviews, and confirmed with a phone call to
Grizzly tech support. Like it or not, if work varies from the detailed to
heavy work, the proper tools may be 2 Bandsaws. With most of us not in a
position to do that, we choose the best we can and compensate (like with
riser blocks) for the other occassional use. My G0555 arrived yesterday and
is not yet put together, riser block arrived earlier this week.
I routinely use my G0550 w/riser block to resaw up to 11" and it works great. In
fact, I made a sled for the daw and cut 42" long
walnut logs into usable lumber. I have found no disadvantage to having the riser
That is exactly what I need. The truck delivered it yesterday evening and
with a friend and the drivers help, got it off the truck and into the
garage. Rolled it easily down the driveway with a hand truck. Unpacked it to
be sure all was well and pulled out the instruction manual. No mention of
the install of the riser block, nor any with the riser block that was
shipped separately and had arrived a couple days earlier.
Thanks for the information. I will post about the assembly and how it cuts
after getting it together tomorrow.
I just got my G0555 last week with the riser block as well. The riser
came with the instruction sheet, which was packaged in a bag with some
of the parts. Its strange to see you get one shipped without it. Grizz
seems to very detailed about packaging these days. Good thing these
days most product manuals are online in their entirety. Putting on the
riser is very simple and only took me about 20 minutes working by
myself. Would have been quicker with someone to help hold it up when
unbolting. You are right, just unbolt the upper section, pop in the
riser, and rebolt with the longer bolt. Then install the longer
guidepost assembly and blade guard. Voila. One thing to note is that
you have to make a fairly large adjustment to the tensioning mechanism
to use the longer blade. I couldn't get the new blade on until I moved
the mechanism down a ways. Then it tensions up just fine.
Another thing to ponder : Before buying the G0555 I was reading a lot
of the threads about 'G0555 vs. Jet', 'G0555 vs. Delta', etc. Most
seemed to say Jet and Delta were out ahead in quality and fit/finish.
Well, after putting together and playing with the saw for a while, I
was at Rockler and took a detailed look at the Jet 14" closed stand
saw. Other than motor position (since I was comparing closed stand Jet
to open stand Grizz), I could not for the life of me see ANY difference
in the saw whatsoever other than color. I mean even down to the little
details, like the plastic blade guide and the hardware that holds it on
to the standoffs. The cast frame looks like it was from the same cast
except for a slightly different location of the dust port. The hardware
for the adjustments on the guide blocks is identical. The guide post is
identical. Wheels are identical. Table is identical. Tension adjustment
mechanism / wheel tracking adjustment is identical. Didn't compare it
to the Delta yet.
So my question is why do people seem to feel that the Jet is of higher
quality? I don't see how it could perform any better or be any more
sturdy since there are no significant differences - other than the $150
price difference and lack of fence and tension release. Anyone else
compare these saws closely that can comment? Where are the details and
fit/finish differences that would make the Jet better?
C C wrote:
Rob, in answer to your question as to why some people may feel the Jet is of
higher quality......I'm apt to think that a bit of what I call tool-snobbery
might be the reason. From your apt description, it sounds to me that both
saws might be produced at the same factory using the same molds, tooling,
etc. Some folks simply spend more money on a 'name'. I've made my purchases
based upon reviews, and a bunch of reading. My bandsaw is the Grizzly G0555,
my lathe is a Jet, my sander is a Jet, my table saw is a Craftsmen
contractor, and my router is a Bosch 1617EVSPK.
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