Finally, a machine that costs more than my car.
What do you do with one of these things anyway? Think I could use it to
save some money by buying 4/4 and sawing it in half?
Flipping around at the Grizz, it looks like the trend of moving further away
from the home market has continued. Lots of stuff that's just a notch
higher up the food chain than what I'd be looking for. No more $200 stuff,
now it's all $500+ stuff; and not just because of the price increase.
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For that kind of money, I think I'd get a Wood-Mizer instead. It's portable,
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I would expect that you could do about 5 ops with that one before you
finish one with the wood mizer. OTOH, I think the wood-mizer is gonna
handle still-in-the-bark quite a bit better; this looks more like a
machine that really is more for re-sawing, not for rough milling of
logs. Of course, I could be on crack.
On Thu, 06 Jan 2005 07:50:50 -0500, Paul Kierstead
I use a Wood-mizer a fair bit. I've always been pleased by how useful
it was as a "workshop" resaw, not just out in the woods.
If the Wood-mizer is already set up on site, you could do one re-saw
in around the same time as a handful of operations with the Grizzly.
But this isn't important, because the "overhead" time still dominates
the "per-board" time. Only if you start getting to over a dozen
repeats would I start to see the Grizzly's admitted efficiency being
The Wood-mizer is also a moving saw on a stationary bed. For lots of
work on rough boards, or for quartering turning logs, this is faster
to set up than a fixed saw with a transport. For timber framing work
where the timbers are simply too big for a carriage (megabudgets
apart), then the moving saw is your only option.
Good point. Seems to be true of a lot of woodworking machines; often, if
you are making one-offs, seems a lot more time is spend adjusting,
setting up and making test cuts with the big machines. One of the things
driving me to be a hybrid neander.
the the shop might cost as much again. Then there's the problem
of clearing a space big enough to set the box, let alone assemble
the pieces to make it work. And my home made trusses aren't
strong enough to lift it out of the way to cut a full sheet on the
tablesaw. Not that I have that kind of room now:-)
I saw this in the latest Grizzly tome that arrived yesterday. I was kinda
chuckling when I read that the president of Grizzly used THIS VERY MACHINE
to cut curly Koa into thin 0.200" slices. It IS impressive that the
machine can do that consistently and all, but the line that made me laugh
was "and he even got 3 more slices than he would have with a regular
I think I'll stick to tools that don't require a crane to get them off the
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