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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2 Customer Reviews (4.5 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.