Grizzly G0513X2 - 17" Bandsaw 2HP w/Cast Iron Trunnion
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- Motor: 2 HP, 110V/220V, single-phase, TEFC capacitor start induction, 60 Hz, 1725 RPM, pre-wired to 220V
- Amps: 20A at 110V, 10A at 220V
- Power transfer: Belt drive
- Precision-ground cast-iron table
- Table size: 23-5/8" x 17-1/4" x 1-1/2" thick
- Table tilt: 5° left, 45° right
- Floor to table height: 37-1/2"
- Cutting capacity/throat: 16-1/4" left of blade
- Maximum cutting height: 12"
- Blade size: 131-1/2" long
- Blade width range: 1/8" – 1" wide
- 2 blade speeds: 1700 and 3500 FPM
- Wheel covers: Pre-formed steel
- Blade guides: Ball-bearing with full enclosure protection
- Bearings: Sealed and permanently lubricated
- Overall size: 73" H x 32" W x 32" D
- Footprint: 27" L x 17-3/4" W x 2-1/2" H
- Approximate shipping weight: 418 lbs.
- Deluxe cast iron fence with extruded aluminum re-saw fence
- Includes miter gauge
- Two 4" dust ports
- Quick-change blade release/tensioner
- Blade tension indicator
- Micro-adjusting geared table
- Computer balanced cast-iron wheels with polyurethane tires
- Blade height scale measurement
- Blade tracking window
- Includes 1/2" 6-TPI hook blade
- Cast-iron table trunnions
- Rack and pinion upper blade guide height adjustment
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70 Customer Reviews (4.8 out of 5 stars): Sign in to write a review
It's really nice when you finally get to the point where you are able to get QUALITY tools. This saw replaced a bandsaw I purchased used from a pawn shop. Oh my, what a difference!
This unit has surpassed my expectations. It is truly a pleasure to use. Blade tensioning lever, and tension gauge are nice additions. The fence is superb. I purchased a mobile base for this when I ordered it. The only issue I found was the bolts that hold the mobile base together will prevent you from opening the bottom panel to change blades. I changed out the bolts and it now works fine.
This is my first bandsaw and i dont know how i have survived all these years without one. This is a great machine, just like all my grizzly tools, i have never been disappointed with any of the tools i have bought from grizzly, and its hard to find this quality for this price.
A time saver. Iâ€™ve wanted a bandsaw for a long time and glad I got this one. It does a great job milking up I ring blanks. Nice size table too. Just make sure you order a different blade with it. I did but I also tried blade that comes with and itâ€™s a throw away blade.
Had some minor issues. The â€œShopfoxâ€ trolleyneeded a replacement corner immediately and the red painted guard that desends around the upper blade guide rubs the upper blade wheel.
I have just retired from 46 years In residential construction and during that time I did a lot of wood working projects. My last 8 years were spent working in the mid east doing building maintenance for the military. I am in the process of building a nice wood working shop and much of the tools I will be adding to my inventory will be of the Grizzly line. If my new band saw is an example of what Grizzly tools are like I am sure I will be satisfied. I have attached a few pictures of some projects I have done.
This bandsaw has performed exactly as advertised. Excellent re-saw capability with enough hp to re-saw red oak, pecan, and cherry. Easy set up with minimal adjustments needed. I have not noticed the imbalance that others have. The only flaw I can find is on me in not purchasing the mobile base.
I actually wanted a 19" but compromised with this one, and I don't regret it. It's very stable, and I am really glad I got the cast iron trunions and stronger motor. It cuts really well, clean and straight. Dust collection is quite good, and I've used it on several projects now. I have an old 14" bandsaw with a 1/4" blade that I was originally intending to replace with this, but I have since decided that I want to leave this one set up for larger work, and keep the smaller unit for smaller and curvier pieces.
This my first band saw. I could have sworn I heard music playing as I unpacked the unit. Adjusting the bottom blade follower is a bit tricky, but do able.
Great saw. Well designed, well made, well thought out in all respects. I can not find anything wrong with this band saw. However, if I had it to go over again, I would definitely purchase the model with a foot brake.. It's not often needed but when it is needed, you gonna wait a long time for this saw to stop.
Put a 1/2" woodslicer on it. Cut incredibly thin pine veneer. Smooth, easy cuts in 8 x 8 pine beam.
I have had my G0513X2 for about a month and am completely satisfied with this bandsaw. I am a wood turner and need the extra table capacity and power to cut large blanks for turning. This machine does it all. Great quality and attention to detail. My only suggestion would be to ship the machine with a quality blade. The blade supplied was so poor that I had to wait until I got a good blade to finally set up the machine properly.
I've been wanting a band saw for quite a long time and just couldn't justify one, mostly because of space issues. But I finally got a project that justified it. So far I'm very happy. It was delivered in a very short time frame, and arrived in perfect condition. Unpacking was pretty uneventful, but I did have to rent an engine hoist to get it off of the pallets and onto the mobile base. I planned to take a picture of that process, but I forgot. This thing is super heavy, and there's just no place to get a hold of it no matter how many friends you have.
Set up was pretty good and straight forward. I put a 3/4" resaw blade on it, and everything seemed to track really well. I made a single point resaw jig and went to work resawing 8/4 Cherry about 9" wide. Since this is my first bandsaw, I don't have any other bandsaws to compare with, but I don't think I could hope for better results.
High Points: Seems to be very well made and generally well thought out. I don't have a dust collection splitter, so I just hooked my collector up to the upper port. After resawing about 16' of the 9" cherry, there was barely a speck of dust in the lower part of the saw. Just having a good collector on the upper port really seemed to do a terrific job. The cast iron table is really nice and a good size. I like the quick release tension bar. That's pretty great. At first I thought the ratcheting gear table pivot handle on the trunnion was just a gimmick, but I really like it. It's pretty easy to make small adjustments with it that would be more difficult if you had to move the table by hand.
Low Points: It's generally well thought out, but I can imagine the roller guides and the whole guide setup to be a better system. You have to work a number of set screws, some of which are a little hard to get to and turn. And a general pet peeve of mine, is screw heads on indicators. Why aren't they hex heads? It's so hard to use a phillips on these stupid things and make them work properly.
One of my first tasks (other than cutting) was to put a couple of holders on the back of the saw to hold the hex keys and miter gauge. It's always nice to have on board storage when you can.
I'm glad I sprung for the 17" instead of a 14". The extra size and power are great. I made the mistake of buying a 6" jointer when I really wished I had an 8".
If I had it to do over, I'd probably get a brake. You never know when something will go wrong (and something always goes wrong!) and you'd really like that thing to stop spinning faster than it's going to on its own.
I bought this band saw to replace a ryobi so the bar was pretty low to begin. I got some recommendations from friends and did a lot of research on Band saws. I did not buy the saw my friends recommended but when this saw came in and they checked it out they would have rather purchased it than what they had. For the money I found this to be the best for the price and then some. Its quiet and for my purposes I like the size of the table. I did have to buy a 1/4 blade to make the cuts I needed. Grizzly offered a good price for that blade. I dont have any complaints. Ive been using this saw for about 1 month so far.
This saw has alot of nice features only found on more expenive saws. The quick release works better than most. Set up is fairly easy too.
Unfortunately my fist impression when receiving my bandsaw, was a damaged bandsaw blade straight out of the shipping crate :-(
I ended up ordering another through Amazon because dealing with Grizzly's shipping carrier would've been too much work.
Only have used a short while but seams to be very well build and works great
This saw is great! I have been cutting blanks without an issue. Better then expected and I expected a lot.
Upgraded From a typical 14" bandsaw. This bandsaw is heavy duty and ready to go to work right out of the crate. Nice machine and worth the investment.
Very HAPPY so far, with the Band saw. Had it up and running for about 2 weeks, worked great for everything I've done so far. (I did find out I need a better dust collection system?)
What a great product you manufacture. First real grizzly tool I have purchased. There will be many more purchases in the near future!
Had it a month no complaints with a few minor adjustments it was up and running in an hour very nice saw.
I unboxed it and did a quick job of setting it up. It is super smooth. I had a hard time deciding between the models. I knew I wanted the welded steel frame for the rigidity. I love the paint on the anniversary edition but needed the rip fence and preferred the cast iron trunnion. This saw gives you the rip fence, cast iron trunnion, cast iron wheels and larger table for only a couple hundred more dollars. I wasn't sure about needing the brake, but after use, I don't think I made a bad decision in passing on the brake. For my use, I walk away from the saw when done so have no need to quickly stop it. The table is huge and gorgeous. The saw is very heavy and well built. I can set a nickel on it edgeways and start the machine up, cut a 1x4 and then shut it down and the nickel doesn't fall over. Simply awesome! The only issue that I have found is that I dislike the plastic roller handles. For no more pressure than will be exherted on them, it is fine. It's just weird to have such a sturdy piece of machinery with plastic handles.
The machine is rated for a 1inch blade. After installing the blade and going through many hours of adjustment, the blade would wobble from side to side. I called Timber Wolf to ask their opinion. It appears that this machine is not capable of producing the proper tension needed for this size blade.
I haven't had time to operate the saw yet. It looks great. The delivery was one of the most frustrating experiences I have ever had. UPS freight scheduled delivery on four different days and didn't show up. One of them was the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. They were extremely difficult to deal with and kept promising to call me back for updates and then they wouldn't call. I engaged your shipping department and they didn't provide much help. After it was finally delivered on the fifth day, I inquired about getting some kind of refund on the delivery after such a frustrating experience and the Grizzly rep told me that they couldn't do anything. Really unsatisfying experience and I was disappointed with the response from both companies. Not sure I can recommend Grizzly to anyone based on this experience.
Very pleased with my purchase!!!!! Easy to assemble and set up!!!!! Works great for my use doing upholstery work!!!!
This bandsaw is awesome. Nice fence, great resaw and runs true. No complaints after a couple months use. I debated between this and the Laguna 14/12 and I am extremely happy with my choice. I'll continue to save for more Grizzly tool upgrades!
i bought this primarily for resawing and so far that's all i have done with it and no problems with a 1" blade it slices through 12" maple with no hesitation exactly what i was hoping for. Fit and finish are good , this is my first grizzly tool and the overseas production concerned me but not now in fact i will order their 20" thickness planer now.
I've researched band saws in this size for a while before buying my Grizzly G0513X2. For the money you can not beat this deal. It has a lot more upgraded features on this saw than any other out there with similar features. The only issue, if you could call it an issue, was the fact that the packaging was damaged upon delivery. Now I do not think this is the fault of Grizzly themselves as much as it was the carrier's fault. The band saw is very heavy and was sent is an oak crate which could have been built a little better. The crate was the part damaged upon delivery. When I finally unpacked the saw I noticed the blade was bent, probably happened during the shipping process. Also there was some scratches in the paint from shipping. I contacted Grizzly about the order (NOTE: If you received your product damaged, MAKE SURE to write on the packing receipt that it was damaged. It will make the process of getting things fixed much easier) and told them about the damage during shipping. They immediately sent me the parts I needed with no problems, I repeat, no problems at all. I've never experienced anything like that, normally you have to jump through hoops talking to several different people and end up frustrated and disappointed. This was not the case, Grizzly had my parts shipped out ASAP and asked if there was anything else they could do for me. WOW! My hat off to their customer service department. As far as the saw itself, what a nice piece of machinery. Yes there are other machines out there that may have more features and upgrades but you will pay out the nose for those machines. If you need a top quality machine for your woodworking shop, then this is it. I'm a woodworking hobbyist and enjoy making furniture in my shop. I can even resaw the oak, ash, maple, cherry, and other trees I have on my property to use for my wood working projects. The reason I bought this saw was for the quality, price, features, upgrades, etc. Also, my grandfather, rest his sole, was the one who got me into woodworking when I was young. I ended up in the Law Enforcement field and am getting ready to retire and enjoy my woodworking. Grandpa had purchased several Grizzly products back in the 1980's (tablesaw, shaper, planer, and jointer) which I now own and continue to use. They are still in great shape and continue to help me turn out furniture. If you are looking for a great band saw to put in your wood shop, look no further. Thanks for the great customer service and products Grizzly!
A Very Happy Customer
Easy setup, took about an hour to get fully setup and aligned. Cuts smooth and true.
I'm so glad I have one of these now instead of having run to the neighbors every time.
Never had a true bandsaw until I received this one. What a wonderful machine. Very consistent results, fun to use a bandsaw again!!!!
Absolutely perfect customer service. Fastest shipping ever. Easiest purchase ever!
We have limited space in our shop we thought a while before we decided on a 17" bandsaw instead of a 14. We have never regretted it a minute. Powerful, accurate and a good value we are happy we decided on a Grizzly. We looked at them all.
i received the saw in short order,the crate was pretty well banged up,i called grizzly they seemed genuinely concerned and opened up a claim in case there was any damage to the saw.it took about a week for me to get some help to bring it downstairs to my basement shop where i got it up and running. a lot of adjustment to make( per instructions)and grizzly
kept in touch with me via e mail they also sent out two small cans of touch up paint to repair the scratches caused by shipping crate damage.the saw seems to run fine.i hope the product lives up to their customer service.NICE JOB GRIZZLY
Shipping delivery went smooth and it was well packed and protected.No dents and the machine looks great. We have a lot of the older grizzly machines and found them to hold up and last. We will expect the new Bandsaw to do the same. Thanks.
This saw is not bad, but it could and should be much better. The ruler on the fence scale is useless when use the resaw fence. It amazes me that more thought was not put into this.
I've owned several Grizzly tools. My first purchase was the GO555 and the riser block. It was underpowered for resawing so I sold it on Craig's List to the first guy who came to look at it due to its excellent condition.
This saw has the bells and whistles to be pushed a bit harder than the GO555. So far ( about 2 months ) I'm very pleased with the performance..
That said...I'm concerned about the table. It appears to be of a lower grade metal and is showing signs of wear, such as scratches in the finish and that is just from hard woods? And the paint on it was chipping off?
I bought this saw to be my last saw due to my previous machine. Grizzly service is always helpful and the delivery was uneventful. Will probably post an update at a later time. hey it's on-sale now. LOL!
Having enjoyed my Grizzly table saw for a couple of years, I decided to purchase the 17 inch bandsaw with iron fence and trunnion. Overall fit and finish is very good. Very little adjustment was necessary during setup. I am puzzled by the design for the tilt levers, however, as it appears impossible to fully tilt the table without removing one of them (lock or tilting lever). Since 99 percent of my cuts will be at a right angle, I'm not concerned. I do believe that grizzly should consider more robust crating. In a several thousand miles journey from Taiwan, the unit is inevitably handled many times. It arrived with a broken knob for the upper door and some scratches. Grizzly has outstanding customer service, though, and the issue was promptly resolved. I think that the added cost of better crating will be offset by increased sales directly proportional to higher customer satisfaction. Net result would be flat final cost to the customer and increased revenue for the company. I look at this stuff all the time since I'm in manufacturing.
What can I say, it is a excellent saw with a excellent price what more could you want?
Bought this a few months ago and by this point I have some experience using the saw. First of all, this was my 1st bandsaw. I did research before purchasing and this model seems to be highly rated across the various forums I looked at. Also, I wanted to "buy once, cry once." It seemed that some people get a 14" saw and then find it too small and/or underpowered for resaw work. So I decided to go with the bigger 17" saw. And the difference in cost was minimal. I wanted the 2HP power and luckily already had an existing 240V circuit I could utilize. I opted for a saw w/ cast iron wheels & trunnions but decided I didn't need the brake. I'm not running a production shop, so the extra time for the blade to spin down doesn't bother me. I also ordered a mobile base from another vendor. I was able to get the saw on the base by myself - but it required some colorful language, creativity, and a blood sacrifice. The saw is heavy. Get some help with it. Assembly instructions are well written and include pictures. I cleaned the packing grease off the table using WD40. Easy. Per advice from others, I immediately replaced the factory blade with a TimberWolf blade. I setup the saw after reviewing the Alex Snodgrass bandsaw setup video on Youtube. Well worth the 15 minutes. It was nice to see that the Grizzly instructions and the Snodgrass setup are consistent and complement each other. Note the saw includes a power cable but not a plug. You will need to pickup a plug at your local hardware store to match the receptacle in your shop. The saw runs very quietly and cuts easily. The fence is solid and easily re-positioned. I can't really compare this thing to another bandsaw as I have never even used another one. But the overall fit, finish, and feel of the unit exudes quality. Grizzly customer service was great too. I had some delivery questions about lift gate service and my gravel driveway. Unfortunately, it took several phone calls and emails to communicate and coordinate with the 3rd party freight company. The Grizzly people were polite and helpful throughout the process to make sure everything worked.
I have never owned or even recall using a bansaw, however the several times that I have used the bandsaw since receiving it I am extremely satisfied with its performance and its a very good product to help complete my wood working shop. I also found it very easy to set up, mostly due to yours and others utube that I have watched and listened too,very helpful. This bandsaw is a very impressive piece of equipment, especially for the price.
I bought my bandsaw a month ago and I wish I had bought it sooner. The saw has exceeded my expectations and was very easy to assemble.
Beautiful to look at. Powerful and smooth. Easy to operate and quiet when running. Makes quick work of most cuts. Would definitely recommend.
I really like this saw, it is very accurate & easy to use. The design of the rip fence could be better to attach the high fence is a little hard, and the hinges should be moved back to make the changing of the blade easier and not have to open the cover doors completely. These are not complaints, but suggestions which would make this fine saw even better.
Very happy so far. Great bandsaw. Put it to work right away. Thank you
Other reviews have explained the quality of this saw. Note that it's packing height is such that it will not clear a 7 ft. garage door. Fortunately, the lift gate service person was nice enough to help .
This has proven to be an excellent bandsaw. It is heavy, stable and quiet. The first job out of the box was to resaw about 300LF of 8/4 walnut, SLR to 10-14" with one live edge. Didn't bog down once. This machine is flawless.
I have had this band saw for about a month now and it is great. Very well made and pretty easy to set up. The only gripe I have with it is the fence. Look at where the tightening lever is positioned - right in the middle of the fence - and imagine trying position the fence to line up a mark on a long board with the blade. You can't do it because the board hits the lever. Whomever came up with this design never used a band saw. The lever should be in line with the fence, out of the way of the wood. A friend bought a G0513X2S a few years ago and the fence that came with that machine had the lever positioned out of the way of the wood. Bad design Grizzly. Would have given 5 stars if the fence was good.
This is my 3rd Grizzly machine. I have the 1023 table saw and the bench top jointer. All machines are excellent quality and performance.
The GO513X2 is an awesome performer. I looked at several different brands, some cheaper some more expensive. I wanted the best bandsaw available. I got the best with this bandsaw. I have had it for several weeks now and have used it plenty enough to write a review.
I have used everything from an 1/8" to 1" blade and the saw performs flawlessly. I will second the opinion to scrap the stock blade and order timberwolf blades. The saw is easy to adjust, powerful and smooth. The resaw fence is amazing.
This is just the way I set everything up, but I did not set the saw according to directions. I used Alex Snodgrass's method and the saw produces perfect cuts.
Great saw and I would buy 10x again.
This will be kind of a "Dual" review... One over the G0513X2 17" Bandsaw, and one over Grizzly's customer service.
I received the Bandsaw several weeks ago, but because I had been so busy... I did not have time to even uncrate it. It stood in the corner of my shop for about a week and a half before I could even open it up and start to put it together.
I opened up the saw, looked it all over... no scratches, dents, blems etc.. so we're off to a good start. As I looked through the directions to make sure I had everything... I noticed I could not find a bag of hardware. Now there is VERY little assembly to do on this saw... basically four bolts for the bed... four bolts for the fence... and one knob/crank handle that needed to be added... (This knob raises the blade guide)... the bolts I could have lived with out... but I needed the knob/crank handle.
Now I have never really had to deal with Grizzly about a problem like this and was afraid that since the saw sat in my shop for almost two weeks before I noticed the missing parts... they would give me some trouble.
No such thing... I called Grizzly's customer service, told them what happened and why it took me so long to call them and all they said was... "We are very sorry for the inconvenience, what parts are you missing ?" After I told them what was missing they said "It will be shipped out tomorrow !" ...two days later the missing parts were sitting on my front porch. Not bad imo !!!
Now on to the saw... As I stated earlier... about eight bolts and one crank handle is all I had to put on. As far as adjusting all the settings... again, VERY easy... very easy to follow and precise directions. I really did not know what to expect when it came to adjusting this saw.
This G0513X2 17" Bandsaw took me about 30 minutes to adjust everything... and that was only because I was not used to this saw. Now that I know where all the different adjustments are and how to use them... it only takes about five to ten minutes to change out blades and to reset all the rollers to fit the new size blade... I was ALL smiles !!!
Accessories and options?? IMO this is a very well thought out saw. It has two different see through windows... one to see what your blade tension is at (Has a nice very easy to read scale for this) and another to watch the top of the top wheel to see how your blade is tracking. It has a large easy to use lever to release blade tension... and all of the adjusting wheels to set the tracking, raise or lower the blade support etc are large and easy to use.
The cast iron table is large and very easy to adjust and true up to the blade. It has cast iron wheels instead of aluminum and once I had the blade set proper ran smooth as silk and with no vibration. It also comes with a over sized re-saw fence that attaches to the existing fence in about five seconds.
Power ??? The largest lumber I have re-sawn so far is 12" wide mahogany... Once I got used to the saw and how to set up the fence... I made several dozen 1/16" thick slabs, all came out smooth as glass and it never bogged down a bit.
When I had done these same cuts on my old Rockwell... lets just say I would still be out in the shop pushing the wood through.
It also has a very neat "Rack and pinion" for the cast iron bed that works very well.
This is a GREAT bandsaw... plenty of power, plenty of nice options, good dust control... that I would highly recommend to ANYONE... it also has free shipping.
The ONLY negative thing I found was "One" adjustment for one of the bottom blade rollers... all of the rollers are locked with allen head bolts/screws... all work very well and all the allen wrench's are included. But one allen head under the bed toward the back... could not be adjusted with an allen wrench. When you but in the short end of the allen wrench you do not have room to turn it up and down without the long end hitting the bed or the saw body... and you can not put in the long end because it is too long and hits the saw body and goes in at a angle this is an easy fix by just swapping out the allen head for hex head bolt.
I have seen several reviews about forum members not even using the blade that comes with it... and I agree... when I ordered the new saw I ordered a full set of Timber Wolf blades to go with it. I am sure the factory blade would do fine for some light sawing... but there is no way it would stand up to any serious hard wood... so I didn't even try it... but put on a new Timber Wolf during the adjustment and set up stage.
Wow, I'll say it again, Wow!!! I received my order this last Friday and had a chance Saturday to unpack the machinery and assemble the parts. Whoever designs these machines at your company needs to go to Hawaii for 3 weeks!! They are awesome! For example, I set up my Extreme Series bandsaw G0513X2 and you guys thought of everything. The trunnion that has a lever action, geared head to precisely angle the table top. A tall re-saw fence, a miter head that has a pin to slide in to accurately and repeatedly set 0 and 45 degree settings. And the list goes on. Then there was the shaper G5912Z that had all the bells and whistles. Ratcheting setting bolts for the sliding fence, just like your ratchet set of your socket set you have in your tool box! Spring hold downs and 3 spindles. I commend all of you at Grizzly for your well thought out, well designed, and yes mind reading abilities for machinery that is going to make my woodworking life a whole lot easier.
Received my G0513X2 today.
Excellent machine, very impressed.
Packaged very well and setup was a breeze.
It was my first purchase from Grizzly, but won't be my last.
Thanks again for great service and fast shipping.
Common Questions and Answers about the G0513X2:
What makes this model different than the G0513?
The G0513X2 is equipped with cast-iron wheels, double ball-bearing blade guides, heavy-duty cast-iron trunnions, and a heavy-duty cast-iron fence with included optional resaw fence attachment.
What do I need to convert this machine to 110V?
First, review the circuit requirements in the Owner's Manual to make sure you have the appropriate 30A, 110V power supply circuit and wall receptacle installed in your shop. Converting the machine to 110V requires: (1) disconnecting saw from power supply, (2) removing existing power cord with 220V plug, (3) reconfiguring wire connections inside the motor junction box, and (4) replacing power cord with one that has the appropriate 110V plug and meets the required specifications detailed in the owner's manual. CAUTION: To reduce the risk of electrocution or fire, only an electrician or qualified service personnel should perform this procedure.
What is the advantage of having double ball-bearing blade guides over singles?
Double ball-bearing guides don't provide any advantages for 1/2" or smaller blades, but they do provide a much greater level of support for 3/4" and wider blades. This is important if you're planning on doing a lot of resawing or other straight cutting where a high degree of accuracy is needed.
What is the benefit of having cast-iron trunnions over aluminum trunnions?
Cast-iron trunnions give the table a more solid, robust support system, allowing it to better resist any flexing or twisting that may occur from really heavy workpieces being set on the table, especially on the outside ends of the table around the blade slot.
General Questions and Answers:
What are the pros and cons of Cast Aluminum versus Cast Iron Wheels?
The heavier mass and weight of cast-iron wheels reduces vibrations and creates a flywheel-effect, which helps the blade maintain a consistent speed during heavy cuts and when resawing. The drawbacks to this added weight and mass are that it requires more energy from the motor to get the wheels and blade up to speed; and unless the saw is equipped with a brake, it also takes longer for the wheels to come to a stop after the saw is turned off. Aluminum wheels, on the other hand, are much lighter and require less time and energy to get up to speed and bring to a stop, which is why they are ideal for many hobby saws and those that will mainly be used for general-purpose rip cuts and crosscuts, such as with 4/4 (1") or thinner stock.
What are the differences between ball bearing, block, and disc (a.k.a. "Euro style") guide blocks?
The main differences between blade guide types can be boiled down to four factors: (1) amount/quality of support, (2) amount of blade friction created from that support, (3) ease of set-up and adjustment, and (4) durability and maintenance frequency. Ball-bearing guides offer the best all-around balance of these four factors. Although they don't provide as much contact area for support as block or disc guides, they do maintain constant contact with the blade without greatly increasing friction. They are also the easiest to set up and tend to be the most durable. Disc guides provide the highest amount of contact area for support, but as with guide blocks, they must be positioned 0.004" away from the blade, which requires some type of gauge to be used for proper set up. Whereas some disc guides are fixed, similar to block guides, our Euro-Style disc guides spin with blade contact, which greatly reduces friction and the need for regular resurfacing. Block guides offer excellent support, but unless they're made from specialized materials to reduce wear or friction, they tend to fall behind the other guide types in all other categories.
Can a metal bandsaw cut wood or vice versa?
The proper cutting speed for the majority of ferrous metals is under 300 FPM. The proper cutting speed for the majority of wood cuts is over 3000 FPM. Trying to cut metals on a wood bandsaw--at speeds 10 times faster than they should be--is dangerous and will likely result in a broken blade, damage to the bandsaw, and a really horrible cut. Cutting wood on a metal bandsaw is possible, but it would be tedious and slow, and likely would not produce a decent quality of cut. In addition, bandsaw blades for cutting wood are designed much differently than bandsaw blades for cutting metal. With that said, there are some soft, non-ferrous metals (such as aluminum) that can be cut at around 1500 FPM (if using the correct blade type). Although some of our wood bandsaws operate at approximately this same speed, the other components of these saws weren't designed to handle the metal chips and swarf that would be produced by the cut, which would likely result in minor damage to the machine and void the warranty. The bottom line is this: Always buy the right machine for the job!
Can I still use my bandsaw without connecting it to a dust collector?
Yes, this is possible, but we don't recommend it. Without using a dust collector, the dust will quickly pile up in and around your machine, resulting in additional cleaning time later. Besides making a mess, fine dust can be harmful to your respiratory system. It is a better choice to connect your bandsaw to a properly designed dust collection system that at least pulls the recommended minimum CFM from each dust port on the machine.
What type of blade do I need for resawing?
Generally speaking, you'll want to use a wide blade (1/2" or larger) with "Hook" style teeth (or "Positive Claw" on Timberwolf blades) and a low number of teeth per inch (TPI). A wide blade helps ensure cuts are straight and the Hook style teeth have large gullets for removing material as the blade passes through the workpiece.
Which saw is best for resawing?
The key specs for resawing are the maximum cutting height and a larger motor size. Due to the amount of material being cut at one time, resawing puts a lot more strain on the motor than other types of cuts, so generally speaking, the more power the better. If you're using the proper blade type (a hook-type blade with few TPI) and a modest feed speed, you can get by making the occasional rip cut using a 1 HP-2 HP motor. Otherwise, if you plan on making regular resawing cuts, you'll get the best results with a 3 HP or larger motor.
My bandsaw blade came with a tag on it that said "Recommended for cutting wood or soft non-ferrous metal." Does this mean I can cut metal with my wood bandsaw?
Just because the blade is recommended for both wood and soft, non-ferrous metal (e.g. aluminum, copper, etc.), it doesn't mean your wood bandsaw is suitable for cutting both types of material. It is important to keep in mind that the blade you bought may also be used on other types of bandsaws, such as our G0640X or G0621X, which are specially designed to cut both wood and metal.
How do I know what type of blade I should buy?
Blade choice is typically determined by the type and purpose of cut, the hardness and thickness of wood, and the desired trade-offs between cutting speed vs. cutting quality. In general, a wider blade is preferred for cutting straight lines because the blade tends to wander less, and a narrower blade is preferred for cutting curves because it has a much tighter minimum cutting radius. The two main types of blade teeth are "Hook" and "Raker". Hook teeth tend to cut faster and leave rougher results, while Raker teeth tend to cut slower and leave smoother results. There are additional types of teeth, such as Skip, Positive Claw, or AS-S, that are essentially modified versions of the Hook or Raker tooth shapes, but with slight changes to the cutting angle, gullet-to-tooth ratio, tooth set, etc. to provide unique advantages for special types of cuts.
What is the purpose of the pin that fits in the blade slot opening at the end of the table?
All bandsaw tables are inherently weaker on the outside half of the table. This is due to the slotted opening that allows the blade to pass through the table during blade changes. The table pin helps reinforce the two sides of the table around this slot, so they remain aligned with each other and keep the table flat. For this reason, it is extremely important to always keep the table pin firmly installed, unless you're changing blades.