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, November 6, 2006
This review is from: Grizzly G0555 The Ultimate Bandsaw, 14-Inch (Tools & Home Improvement)
I ordered the G0555 bandsaw along with the riser block kit and another blade, since I was planning to resaw some wide stock. Assembly of the saw went smoothly for the most part with a few exceptions, noted below. In general the saw seems very nice. It is strongly built and runs very smoothly and quietly. It makes a nice addition to my shop. I would recommend this saw to anyone looking for a good low cost band saw. But learn from my mistakes:
1. The riser block kit comes with a longer post for holding the upper guide block. They mention in the instructions that you should push the old post out while sliding the new one into place. The reason for this is a spring-loaded ball bearing that keeps the post aligned. The ball rides in a V-groove along the length of the post. If it pops out, it's very difficult to get back in place. I followed the directions, but the ball popped out anyway. It took me over an hour to get the ball back in place with the new post. The chamfered ends of the posts leave a gap where the ball bearing can pop out.
2. With the new riser block installed, the upper and lower wheels were non-coplanar by about a quarter of an inch. No problem, just add a couple of washers to even the wheels out. But they forget to tell you that the bolt holding the lower wheel is left-hand threaded. I found out when I sheared off the bolt head. I had to order a new bolt from Grizzly, since the local hardware stores don't carry any left-threaded metric bolts. The washers were a little bit of a problem, too. In order to clear the bearing without interference, the washer closest to the bearing needs to be about 1 inch outside diameter and 3/4 inch inside. Luckily I had a thin washer with the right inside diameter, and was able to cut it down to a smaller outside diameter with some snips. For the remaining washers I used fairly standard hardware store variety (with notches filed on the inside to clear the shaft key).
3. I ordered a 3/4 inch wide, 105 inch blade for resawing, and received a mislabeled blade that was about 150 inches long. I called Grizzly and arranged to send the wrong blade back and get a replacement. They were nice about it and made the process easy.
4. In reattaching the switch assembly after installing the riser block, I found that there is no place to reattach the cable clamp that held the wires in place. This is not really a big deal and I'm not going to worry about it. However, the lack of a hole to reinstall the grounding screw bothers me a little. I may drill and tap a hole to make sure the switch enclosure is grounded to the frame of the saw, as it was before installation of the riser block. But for now, it's not stopping me from using the saw.
Anyway, despite my minor complaints, I really like this saw and expect to get a lot of use out of it in the future.
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