I can't speak for the tablesaw you are planning on purchasing (got to
be better than my crapsman).
I've had the G0555 for a few months. I really like it. Never owned a
bandsaw before, so like you I went with Grizz on value proposition. I
don't think you can get more bandsaw for the buck. Plenty of power
(resawn up to 5.5" honey locust, maple, osage, cocobolo no probs), get
a timberwolf blade for heavier duty work. Accurate cuts, if you are
careful, and vigilent with your setup. You will not regret purchasing
If you leave in Chicago land area, this week october 9,10,11 is a
woodworkind show on Odium and you may get some better deals there,
otherwise I would suggest to get a good Table Saw (get cabinet saw)
first ($1500) then later down the road a Mini max band saw or Lugana
and then the rest, if you want good suff?
With all respect, the Grizzly saw Joe is considering is a cabinet saw and is
good stuff. If the $1,500 saw is the Unisaw or even a Jet with extension
table, the Grizzly is still an excellent value. For starters, when I
started shopping three years ago it was difficult to tell what a basic
Unisaw cost and it still is. All of them seen in stores, Amazon, etc come
with extension tables, rails, etc that will not fit some of our garages.
These machines cost $1,600 to $1,850 today. If you start hanging tables and
extended rails on a Grizzly 1023 series saw you are still in the $1,000 to
$1,200 range. The main reason for lower prices is reason is Grizzly sells
- The table finish of the Griz is better.
- The Handwheels on the Griz still use plated, machined lock knobs now
absent from the Unisaw
- While the 1023 motor cover is a low cost option, it is still made of
- The Shop Fox Classic fence used on the 1023 has been rated as an equal to
the Beismeier on the Unisaw
Admittedly the blade guard on the Unisaw still outclasses the Grizzly. Can
anyone tell me what else you get for the additional $600 or more? Please
don't say durability or precision. Cabinet shops, industrial shops, and
luthier's shops around the country are equipped with Grizzly machines. Few
of us have to match the luthier's precision. I am not saying Griz doesn't
have some dogs. They, like all others, do have problems and that is why we
all need to do research on each purchase.
decided to post "$2000.00 to spend on tools" to
Just getting more for less is not necessarily going to be a good thing.
Some inferior tools might be cheaper or larger, but they are a bad bargain.
This applies generally.
I would seriously consider an 8" jointer. I'm not necessarily working
within your $ context tho. Perhaps you could forgo the bandsaw for now and
get the larger jointer?
I am the original poster and I want to thank everybodies input. Nobody
made a recomendation for a better quality set of tools that would fit in
my budget. So I will probably go with my original list.
I wish I could get a 8inch jointer but space is a problem. I keep an
eye out for used but they are few and far between.
I found some things on ebay that cost less but shipping makes it more
expensive than buying new. Go figure.
I am lucky enough to live in the Seattl;e WA area and gound out that
Grizzly has a show room in the state. So before I commit I will go
there and check things out on site! And if things work out It will save
Areound here I have found Rigid 6 inch jointer for $349.00 and their 14
inch bandsaw for $399.00 also.
Anyway, thanks for the help!
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