I've been shopping on the internet, reading reviews, etc. I'm close to
ordering an "Ultimate Bandsaw" Grizzly G0555 for $415 Shipped. Also I have
been looking at their Jointer G1182Z for $380 Shipped. I have read some
good reviews on both of these products. Are their better buys on similar
equipment that would be recommended?
I was at Lowes today, they have the Delta JT360 6" Jointer for $349 but I'm
not sure how this compares with the Grizzly, any recommendations?
Also, Lowes had the Delta SS200 scroll saw for $59, I bought one, hope it is
OK, if not, it will motivate me to fix the Hegner sooner.
Consider the Yorkcraft 6" jointer.
This is essentially the same piece as the Delta 37-195, a significant
step-up from the JT360, at a much cheaper price than even the JT360. I also
hear Wilke does very good setup and double checks on their machines but
couldn't say whether that's true for mail order or just in the showroom.
If you compare the $299 Yorktown (made in China), lever adjustment, to the
37-195, what would you compare the Bridgewood BW-6R to? It is on sale for
$399. It is made in Taiwan. The BW has handwheels on dovetail ways.
Both have a "sale" price on shipping right now.
My needs are light duty and I'd grab one of these before a Jet or Delta if
the quality is OK. Any comments?
Quality of the Yorkcraft is good. - I can't tell it from the Delta sitting in a
local showroom as far as fit and finish goes. I found it to be set up well
too. No problems with parallel surfaces, etc. Can't speak for the Bridgewood.
Edwin Pawlowski wrote:
>My needs are light duty and I'd grab one of these before a Jet or Delta if
>the quality is OK. Any comments?
James T. Kirby
How much do you want to spend?
I bought the G0555 bandsaw and am generally happy with it although the
tensioning doesn't seem right. I can never get the blade truly tight.
Now, in saying that, it's my first bandsaw so I have nothing to
compare it to and for all I know, I'm trying to overtension it. I'm
also still using the Grizzly supplied blade which is a piece of crap.
That said, it rips boards perfectly straight out of the box with very
I also went with the 6" Sunhill. It's worked pretty well so far and
was adjusted perfectly out of the box. It can be a bit tricky getting
the fence to a true 90 sometimes (tighten that bolt, ooops, that moved
the top. Loosen, hey, it's 90 now....basically it's a bit of trial
and error). I had read somewhere that the Sunhills are from the same
factory producing the JET jointers and if looks have anything to do
with it, they prolly are.
I can't give a recommendation other than Grizzly because I haven't used
them. I've equipped two shops and have used two different Griz bandsaws
(G1019 & G0555) and two different jointers (G1182 & G1182Z). I was very
happy with the earlier models but even happier with the new G0555 and 1182Z.
firstname.lastname@example.org (James Cubby Culbertson) wrote in message
This is exactly my setup and I like it very much. For the G0555, a
good blade (Timberwolf etc) is very handy, as is good tensioning and
adjustment of the guides. With the extension block, I had to loosen
the max travel nut on the tensioner to get enough tension to suit me.
With my homemade resaw fence I routinely cut veneers (for marquetry)
at about 1/16".
The Sunhill is very nice, too. I too found the lock nut on the 90
degree fence to be a little finicky (shifted during lockdown), but
once it was set and locked down it's never moved and I've never had
occasion to move it. The extra bed length on the Sunhill is very
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