Re:bandsaws - grizzly or jet

Take all with numerous grains of salt. I got a Grizzly 14" Anniversary version (the black one) with the riser block about 4 months ago. It's my first bandsaw and I have nothing to compare it to. I like it. So far I've used a 3/8", a 1/2", and 3/4" blade on it and cut everything from hardboard to 10" logs. Two of the blade guide bearings were frozen tight right out of the box. Grizzly Customer Service was great and mailed me a couple more. No problem. My dislikes may be common to any bandsaw. There's a 'spider' in the dust collection outlet that will clog it up when I resaw cedar- the little stringy shavings catch on the X in the port. Only resawing cedar. Unless someone screams to not do it, I'm cutting at least a couple of the legs of the spider off once the warranty is out. The blade guard is kind of finicky when raised - it has to be helped into the upper wheel housing or it catches. I'm surprised it's not spring loaded/telescoping. Why aren't bandsaw tables bigger? Making an extension is near the top of the list of projects to do. I added a wheel cleaning brush for the lower wheel. I've had none of the problems of drift that I've read so much about. Resawing is a joy. I have an extended fence that helps keep the stock at 90 degrees. Have done bois d'arc, elm, and pecan in the 10" range. No sweat. Another addition planned is some sort of light. That's a fault of the shop, though, not the saw. While not an answer to your specific question, I can certainly vouch for this Grizzly saw. It's my first BS, and my only Grizzly product. From all the reading I've done, I seem to have made a good choice.
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