Grizzly G0640X - 17" Metal/Wood Bandsaw w/Inverter Motor
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- Variable speed control
- Requires single-phase power
- Left and right table tilting control
- Upper and lower ball-bearing blade guides
- Rack-and-pinion adjustment on upper blade guide support
- Precision-ground cast iron table
- Fully balanced cast iron wheels with rubber tires
- Quick release blade tension
- Two 4" dust ports
- Includes rip fence and miter gauge
- Rip fence comes with: magnified cursor, dead lift quick release, solid lever lock and extruded aluminum resaw fence that also transforms for cutting thin stock
- Motor: 2 HP, 220V, 3-phase, 1725 RPM, 8 Amps (Actually runs on single-phase, 220V)
- Maximum cutting height: 12"
- Throat capacity: 16-1/4"
- Blade length: 131-1/2"
- Blade size range: 1/8"–1"
- Included blade size: 131-1/2" x 1/2" x 6 TPI (similar to Grizzly model H4807 wood cutting blade)
- Blade speed: Variable, 100–3600 FPM
- Table tilt: 45° right, 5° left
- Floor to table height: 37-1/2"
- Table size: 23-5/8" x 17-1/4"
- Overall size: 32" W x 73" H x 32" D
- Approximate shipping weight: 416 lbs.
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8 Customer Reviews (4.8 out of 5 stars): Sign in to write a review
Moving up to this huge beauty from a junky, 20 year-old 14" Harbor Freight saw is like jumping from a VW into a Mercedes.
It's accuracy will depend upon how much effort and care you put into aligning it before you start using it. The table is adjustable in every plane except vertical. The blade tracking and tensioning systems are easy to use with all controls large and readily at hand. There is a tension-release lever to extend the life of the tires by relieving tension pressure on them when the saw is not in use. The blade guide is massive, rock-solid when it's locked in and supports the blade with large, sealed, adjustable ball bearings.
It has a very well-engineered system to shift speeds from high, for wood cutting, to low, for metal cutting. The drive belts are quickly and easily swapped and re-tensioned without the use of tools. The motor has a built-in continuous-run (as long as the main switch is turned on) cooling fan, very important with an inverter motor, which can overheat at low speeds with just the motor driven cooling fan.
With a 1" wide 10-14VP bi-metal blade and the speed turned down to 200 FPM it goes through 1/2" 304 Stainless plate like butter.
My only complaint, and it's a minor one, is that the chips coming off the blade under the table don't have much of a way to get to the area where the vacuum can pick them up (or at least store them where they can be vacuumed later) and which after extended cutting will make a big cleanup necessary. This is especially true when cutting metal, which is 95% of my cutting.
I bought this for knife making. I use it for cutting out knife blanks. I typically cut out 5/32" bar stock of CPM S35vn, S30v, 154CM, 440c - all stainless.
I run it really slow (175 fpm), it cuts pretty well, but you can't feed to quickly. I can easily bind the blade by trying to feed too fast.
I use a high quality blade when cutting metal, and clean the blade after every couple knives. Seems tedious, but makes a big difference. I cut out out a couple hundred knife blanks on the same blade and it's still sharp. Takes me about 1 hour to cut out 10 knife blanks.
The biggest complaint is binding because of the cheap plastic table insert which sinks in with small work pieces and pinches the blade. If it had a metal table insert it would keep the work piece perpendicular to the blade and would do much better. Lots of aftermarket metal table inserts out there, but none that fit this model... that i can find.
I've also used it to cut wood, works great, belt and blade change takes about 5 min, maybe another 5 to readjust all the guides.
Fence is good, solid.
I would recommend it for user like me... i didn't have room for 2 band saws in my shop and this one gets the job done.
This saw far exceeded my expectations. I am amazed at how quiet it is too. Wonderful side benefit. I use this saw for cutting different metals from Stainless steel to Nickle Silver. The speed adjustment is immediate and accurate. one thing to note, the manual and the website recommends D2057A Heavy-Duty Mobile Base. it does NOT fit and still allow the bottom door to open fully. The saw sits to deep into the base. I ended up modifying the base by adding a wooden spacer and bolting all the way through. It works great now, but does require a bit of modification. I did not rate the saw down for that reason because the saw is a thing of beauty both in performance and appearance.
Like the previous 2 reviews, I am a knife maker - see a trend here? This saw far exceeded my expectations. I am amazed at how quiet it is too. Wonderful side benefit. I use this saw for cutting different metals from many of the same stainless steels mentioned in the other reviews to Nickle Silver, brass, copper and even titanium. The speed adjustment is immediate and accurate. Also, the manual included a example page of what to look for in the chips of the metal in terms of both blade speed and feed rate. I did make my own blade insert to replace the plastic one it came with, which works great for wood, but its blade opening is too wide and it is too flexible for cutting very thin strips of malleable metals. I don't have an expectation that any production machine will have everything I want all in a single package.
One thing to note, the manual and the website recommends D2057A Heavy-Duty Mobile Base. It does NOT fit and still allow for the bottom door to open fully. The saw sits too deep into the base. I ended up modifying the base by adding a wooden spacer and bolting all the way through. It works great now, but does require a bit of modification. I did not rate the saw down for that reason because the saw is a thing of beauty both in performance and appearance.
My saw was delivered by UPS Freight last week. The crating was excellent, but the height required deconstruction of the crate in order to get it into my shop. The UPS guy wheeled it up my long drive without even being asked. After getting it uncrated, my son and I were able to horse it around to where I could attach my wench to the very handy Eye Bolt on the top of the saw. We had it in the air in no time. I also purchased the recommend Shop Fox Mobile Base. The base does require that two of the square tubes be shortened by two inches. Itâ€™s important to set it up so that the caster supports are not on the sawâ€™s lower door side in order to be able to open the door without hitting the caster support. Also the bolts are too long for the door to open. I solved this problem by shortening the four bolts on the door side by seven threads. This allows just enough room to thread the jamb nut all the way up and have enough room to tighten the bolt all the way down (six threads is not enough). I love the base, but it does not fit right out of the box. Itâ€™s important to note here that this is my very first band saw of any size. Setting up the saw did require about 2 hours which I think is very reasonable. I actually spent about 3 hours setting up the mobile base. My first test cuts were done with a 3 TPI Timber Wolf blade that I purchased separately (the saw came with two blades). Resawing 6 inch 4/4 popular into 3/8â€ planks was much easier that I thought it would be. Blade changes are not difficult. The only problem I have is using a feeler gauge to set the 0.004â€ gap to the left and to the right of the roller bearings. The rear 0.016â€ setting is even much harder, and I opted to eye-ball it. With practice, I feel certain that Iâ€™ll get the hang of it. This saw runs great, has lots of power, and Iâ€™m very happy with the purchase. I recommend this saw to anyone who has the room for it.
I've had this machine over a year now. It has treated me well every time I go to use it. I'm an advanced hobbyist not a production worker. I use this saw for fabrication in my welding shop anything from snowplow work to lawn and garden equipment to construction equipment. I also use it in my wood shop. Anything from outdoor furniture to indoor furniture to rough workbench work. I do a lot of re-saw work with it. The first time I ever cut a 10 inch piece of oak beam I never thought it would go through it. I used a 4 tooth per inch blade and the Saw never even slowed down cut through the 10 inch oak No problem!!