So far I like everything about mine. Had slight shipping damage but it was
taken care of in short order and have had no problems since. I bought
TimberWolf blades for it and never looked back. I get little or no drift in
the small amount of resawing I have done. Made my own resaw fence, a loose
interpretation of one I saw here in this group and it straddles the factory
fence and clamps to it. It uses an "edge guide upright and works well. I can
try to post pics if you are anyone else has interests in it.
I would buy this saw again in a heartbeat.
You might want to go to <http://groups.google.com and enter the keywords
"grizzly ultimate "band saw" OR bandsaw group:rec.woodworking" (leave out
the quotes on the ends but include the ones around band saw. You'll get
more than 80 hits. If you leave out the "ultimate" you'll get well over a
thousand in which Grizzly bandsaws are mentioned--it may be worth reading
some of those as well.
Generally before posting a question on a newsgroup it's a good idea to check
google groups for previous discussion of the topic--if it's one that has
just been the subject of a 500-post thread which ended in a flamewar then
the regular participants in the group may get a bit surly about reopening
Also you'll find a broader discussion on most topics by that method--posting
to the group you get the benefit of the views of those who are
participating _now_, going to google you'll likely get their views as well
as the views of others who for whatever reason either no longer participate
in that group or don't access it while your post is active.
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
I just bought the Grizzly 15" about 2 weeks ago. Went to the factory
store in Bellingham, Wa to look at the different sizes. Had to retire
my old Craftman 12" and found the new Grizzly to be a great saw. The
instructions for putting it together were bad but other than that it
has worked great for me. I am in the middle of making a craddle out of
maple and it has done all that I have asked it to do.
Well, no doubt there's always going to be somebody who's got another
opinion, but what's wrong with pointing out a way to easily get a whole
bunch of opinions? Seems like the right thing to do is point the newbies at
the tools, so they'll know they're there. And google's good tool. :-)
A counterpoint for you:
Many experienced people stop responding to FAQs, so the OP is missing
out on a lot of good info by not also checking Google. I vote for
Googling, and posting requests for more specific questions. I can't
count how many times I've done this and gotten much more usable data,
so I can formulate BETTER questions, as opposed to asking "Is the XYZ
Fruraffer any good?"
One can only participate in the same thread so many times. <G>
To the OP:
My investigation of the G0555, when I needed a band saw, led me to
realize that it's not all that different than any other $400-500
Chiwanese saw. Some people have excellent luck with Grizzly's
delivery, others wait and wait while replacements for missing or
transit damaged parts are sent. The G0555 I looked at compared
favorably to the Ridgid, imported Delta, Rikon, and Jet. If you
don't have a dependable local dealer, you'll probably do fine with the
I don't necessarily agree with Grizzly's "Cut out the middleman" claim
based on the number and placement of Grizzly ads I see. Tools need to
be shipped to a local dealer, who then usually provides post-sale
support, pays local taxes, local employees, for floor space, etc...
From what I know about retail, apples to apples comparisons say
Grizzly tools should actually be cheaper than they are, if they were
truly wholesaling them. Direct comparisons to dealer prices often
have the G0555 beating truly comparable tools by only $30-40, but the
buyer gives up local post-sale support and the money completely leaves
I ended up buying a Delta X5 for $800 on sale, including a free
genuine Delta mobile base.
My original plan was to seek a used American made Delta, but the $800
+ free base, including the honestly rated 1 1/2 HP motor and blade
quick release made the X5 a value that worked for me. I preferred
the X5's fit, finish, and feel in actual use, enough to spend the
extra money. Delta forgot to put the top plate of my base in the
box, so it took almost 4 weeks to get my saw up and running.
Of course. How is the fit & finish of the parts? How easy is it to find
replacement parts on a saturday when you have to have a (blah)? Are there
ready-made accessories for your brand, or will you have to adapt them?
How do the wheels track? Does the band adjustment stay where you put it?
How easy is it to adjust for different width saw bands? Will you be able
to get replacement parts in 20 years? Will it _last_ 20 years? Are there
bearings, bushings, or just holes for the shafts? Etc, etc, etc. To
imply that horsepower and throat distance are the only factors in deciding
if two bandsaws are equal, well... cheap tools are their own punishment.
The Griz would stack up just fine in answer to your questions...and think
about it, you would have $400 to spend on blades & wood! I seriously
believe that those who put down Griz are the ones who have never used them.
My standard for a 14" bandsaw was : cast iron table, good fit & finish,
reputable brand, easy to adjust (all have their own drawbacks...none are
perfect), stable base, quality guides, and price. Most of the leading
sellers had everthing, but the Griz had the price. Unlike most people, I
actually cut wood on every brand I considered. I'm not putting down the
other brands, but THERE WAS NO DIFFERENCE IN OPERATION. It boils down to"my
Ford is better than your Chevy".
As have I.
In some cases, this has removed Grizzly from consideration. If I
can't touch one, I won't buy one.
In every case where Grizzly was considered in a major power tool
decision for me, they compared fine with similar Chiwanese stuff that
sold for 5-10% more locally. For instance, the G0555 and imported
Delta 14" saws, or your typical 6" $400-500 jointers.
I have yet to see a Grizzly tool that was the equal of anything
costing twice it's price, but why should it?
I basically agree but not when it comes to the jointer. My 1182Z and the
1182 I had before were both the equal in quality as far as I'm concerned to
the old 8" Delta that a friend bought. (Outside of the capacity of course).
The only other advantage to the 8" is the length of bed, but then I can get
that by going with an 8" Griz.
As the owner of a G0555, I don't blame him for going with the Delta and wish
I would have. The Griz works, but not as well as the Griz G1019 I had
before. I don't care for the roller bearnings and it just doesn't have a
solid feeling. I use a bandsaw for quite a few things and wish I wouldn't
have gone with the Griz on this one. That is not to say that I don't like
Grizzly, I also have a G1023SL cabinet saw and a 6" jointer G1182Z and like
them fine. In fact, I would put the jointer up against any other brand, but
wish I would have spent a little more and got a Delta TS and BS.
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