I am considering the purchase of a bench top band saw. I have done a fair amount of research from the archives of this newsgroup (and other related groups) on band saws in general and bench top band saws in particular.
With this posting, I am trying to get a sense of what it like to own the Grizzly G1052 9" Heavy-Duty Bench Top Band saw from the perspective of an owner of this band saw.
Although I am aware of the benefits of owning a 14" (or larger) band saw, there is no way that I can fit one in my (microscopic) apartment (living room) workshop. At present, I have no plans to do any major resawing operations (I buy most of lumber at lumber yards and the Home Depot).
I have looked at the 9, 10, and 12 inch Sears and Delta bench top band saws at Sears and Lowe's. Unfortunately, the 12 inch is too large and I wonder about blade availability for the 10 inch saw. I am not at all impressed with the build quality of the Delta Shopmaster Band saw series. I picked up the 9" Ryobi at the local Home Depot and found it to be amazingly light.
I have read some good reviews of the Ryobi 9" bandsaw and I am considering it as well as the Grizzly.
However, from what I have read thus far, the Grizzly G1052 has "that 'big saw feel' in a package that fits in the smallest of shops!"
My questions are as follows:
1) If you own a G1052, what has been your experience with the saw thus far?
2) Do/did you consider the G1052 worth the price?
3) Have you had difficulty finding aftermarket blades and/or accessories for the G1052?
4) If you had to do it all over again, would you buy this saw?
Please send your replies to me directly as well as to this newsgroup.