Grizzly G0803 - 9" Benchtop Bandsaw
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- Motor: 1/3 HP, 120V, single-phase, 2.8A
- Table size: 12" x 12" x 5/8"
- Table tilt: 0° - 45° right
- Base to table height: 13"
- Cutting capacity/throat: 8-7/8"
- Maximum cutting height: 3-5/8"
- Blade size: 62" (1/8" to 3/8" wide)
- Blade speed: 2460 FPM
- 15-1/4" x 8-3/8"
- Overall size: 20-3/4"W x 29-1/2"H x 17"D
- Weight: 42 lbs.
- Approximate shipping weight: 49 lbs.
- Steel frame and doors
- 2" Dust port
- Included work light
- Rack-and-pinion table tilt adjustment
- Adjustable wheels for alignment/ coplanarity
- Extruded aluminum rip fence
- LED worklight
- Die-cast aluminum wheels
- Upper and lower ball-bearing blade guides
- Quick-release blade tension
- Rubber tires
- Lower wheel brush
- Push stick and miter gauge included
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139 Customer Reviews (4.8 out of 5 stars): Sign in to write a review
Nice saw, came ready to go with minimal assembly. Only 20 minutes to adjust the table for square and true. Runs smooth with enough power for a small shop. The light is too bright, causes a glare.
Seems to be a little more carefully made than the clones in this group. Fills the niche between the scroll saw and larger band saw. I like the extras such as the work lite and the carrying handle as this makes it more portable and handy for what I do. Surprised what little vibration is experienced in a saw that is this light.
This band saw has everything you need, it worked great right out of the box, no adjustment needed.
Great saw and is portable.
Thank you Grizzly Industrial.
mine came with damage to the carry handle. one phone call and zip flap just like that, happy camper. cut 2" aluminum with the stock blade. wrapped the light around the back and across just above the power switch and it shines right on the leading edge of the blade.
I have a couple of projects that I will need this band saw for. I expect nothing less than a fine working machine same as all of my Grizzly tools in the past. Thank you for building a great product. Al Austin.
more money than other 9 inchers but well worth it big bang for the buck well thought out and made well
I'm building a 1:6 scale model of a fishing boat I plan to build when I retire. It's as well that I have embarked on the model first - all kinds of design issues and misunderstandings. I prefer to make my mistakes on the mockup first, and get the full-size boat right. I bought the G0803 bandsaw with both constructions in mind. I don't know how I could ever have done without a bandsaw. I have built so many models - this is the first in which I am getting all of the complex shapes and slots right. The G0803 is terrific, it's precise, it's easy to use and the more I use it, the better my cutting is getting. This is fantastic value for money. I also bought two spare blades which I have yet to use. I have no hesitation in giving this product 10 out of 10.
The thrust and side bearings are not as accurate as they should be. Even for a bench top model, these should be as precise as heavy duty models. The plastic cover/lid above the top bearings, doesn't help in the adjustment process at all, it's just in the way.
Nice bright light, 'BUT', I like to see ahead of the cut, not after. I have a difficult time getting the light positioned from the back side. From the back I get a lot of blare. I'm looking for a method to move the light to the opposite side.
Very nice bench top bandsaw. Handy for smaller projects rather than using my larger floor model. After several weeks of usage, I made a small modification. Moved the nice led light to the opposite side from original installation. Now I can see where I'm going rather than where I've been. Also changed the wiring to allow the light to come on when I power up rather than the separate switch. Even happier now with my purchase. Probably voided any warranty but it is an acceptable risk for much better lighting on my project.
Good saw. Well built, smooth running. The only downside is the location of the light. It cannot be positioned to illuminate the cut line. Overall I would recommend this purchase.
Received on time, well protected and in perfect condition. Easy to assemble with the included instructions, just a simple adjustment to tracking and fence. Made a good straight cut on 3.5" pine with easy pressure.
Really happy with this purchase!
This small band saw is doing a great job replacing my full size band saw. It does everything I need and was easy to setup.
Love it!! I use it mostly for cutting wood carving blanks. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality. It has a great price with nice features.
I like this machine except for a few oddities. 1) The LED light while adequate is mounted in the wrong place. They need to engineer a retrofit that will make this more useful. 2) Something is amiss with tracking. Using the 1/8" blade with the doors open I would see the tracking go from one side of the wheel to the other, no real "on the mark" setting. Finally, I discovered that the slightly warped door when closed & latched bent the frame slightly to throw off tracking. After I adjusted to this it was OK. 3) While customer service was great, I should not have to ask where a part included in the package mounts. They responded with the answer but there should be a change to assembly instructions.
I've already used this bandsaw several times and am very pleased. It works very well and I can easily store it on a shelf when not in use. There is one thing that is a bit disappointing. The LED light, which functions well and is very bright is in an awkward location and doesn't stay in position. It could be improved.
Once I got it set up, with a little help from a u-tube video it worked like a charm
I purchased one of these for our robotics team to take with us on competitions. It is quiet and smooth. This little saw has handled everything we have thrown at it so far - aluminum, polycarbonate, wood. Not only were we pleased with it, but multiple teams used it in our pits and expressed how impressed they were. Another great value from Grizzly!
This is a far more accurate and far more sturdy model than the small bench-top band saws I've purchased form other manufacturers in the past. Right out of the box, I was able to set the guides in about 10 minutes, then slice paper-thin veneers and make accurate straight cuts using the fence that came with it.
This is a perfect bandsaw for the hobbyist. I took a lot of time going back and forth between the SKILL 9" as well as a few others. In the end though - in my opinion at the very least - it's worth it to have actual bearing guards over cooling blocks - that's not to mention the better quality table, fence, and other features this band saw comes with. Overall if you have a small shop and don't need to run wood pieces larger that 3.5" high through - this saw can't be beat.
I have previously purchased a 14 inch Grizzly bandsaw which I was very happy with, excellent value. I also purchased recently nine inch grizzly bandsaw for my winter home in Florida I am very surprised at the Quality of this benchtop machine I am a happy camper
This is my third table top bandsaw in the last 40 years and is the best one of all. Was not a problem to set up, the lite does not stay up but I had a lite off the last one that I adapted to this one and its great.I chose this model because they have been around a while and I think when I need parts they will have them.
I am not a commercial enterprise, just a man who likes to work with wood in his spare time as a hobby and as a service to others around me. I have searched for a bandsaw to fit my particular needs. Bought a name brand at a big box store, but returned it the very next day because the blade guide was broken. it was an obvious design flaw. The search indicated that smaller version apparently also meant cheaply built or poorly designed. I happened on the the G0803 and was encouraged by the features. Further research indicated a history of quality. Ordered the tool which arrived ahead of the promised time. It was easy to assemble and it works great. I could not possibly be any happier with the tool. its performance, the features, or the transaction.
Perfect for small or quick jobs, worked perfect right out of the box, easy to assemble, easy to move around.
I finally got other projects finished so I can return to building my latest model boat. The immediate task is to cut frames for the hull, from 0.090" styrene sheet. My new Grizzly 9" bandsaw made short work of cutting several frames. Love it!
Having used the saw more, I have a suggestion for improvement. It is very difficult to aim the work light directly at the leading edge of the blade. And the gooseneck does not hold a set position well.
It would also make operation easier if the blade tensioning lever were on the front of the machine, or if the lever was longer, so it could be seen from the front.
Otherwise the bandsaw works great.
With this Grizzly band saw, you get a lot for the money! Usable features, quality build.
I bought this about a month ago to replace my old band saw. It performs as good if not better than my original. Definitely a good decision.
I bought this several weeks ago, but haven't used it yet. Just much better than what I had.
I bought it about one month ago when my 14 inch bandsaw quit on me. I was in the middle of grandkid projects and this saw did the job admirably. Great for small cuts and very quiet. Set up easily right out of box.
I looked at a lot of bench top band saws. I just liked the way this one looked. It works great. love it.
Great benchtop bandsaw. Much quieter than my old one. Happy with my purchase.
Just the opposite experience of Justin. I bought a Harbor Freight 9" band saw, and never even got to plug it in; the upper blade guide shaft was broken and Harbor Freight doesn't have any replacement parts beyond saw blades (although they have a nicely labeled exploded diagram). After set up and a test of the Grizzly G0803 I used the band saw nearly non-stop for 2.5 hours cutting out Cub Scout Pinewood Derby cars... the unit performed flawlessly. Compared to the cheaper Harbor Freight 9" band saw item 60500, this saw has better documentation, roller bearings all around the blade guides, and you can get replacement parts if needed. My only "complaint" is that the flexible light doesn't have enough resistance to hold itself in place once positioned.
My first bandsaw and overall, I like the product. The directions could be more clear on centering the blade. Also, a few parts were not shipped with the order. Customer care sent those out after I called in.
I saw the complaint about the gooseneck light not holding its position, and that is valid. However, the bigger issue is that it's mounted on the wrong side of the machine. With it being behind the blade, it casts a shadow on your cut line. I've bent it around to the other side, but it still is not on target. May have to remount myself or get another supplemental light.
I planned on buying a complete shop from Grizzly, now I am not sure....First off I was supposed to get a military discount as told to me by a representative but the person I spoke too said I missed the Veteran's Day discount by one day, kind of disappointing after being informed otherwise.
I am not saying I will not buy anything from Grizzly again but I need to do some more looking around. I feel this product was very cheaply made, in fact even after looking at Harbor Freights model I would have rather went with them for my bandsaw (that's saying how cheap this model feels). I plan on going to your store and looking around I hope your other product are quality as I want my woodworking shop to last years and years but we will see who I buy from.
Haven't used it yet but plan to. Went together easily as was the whole transaction.
My 13 year old grandson wanted to do something for underprivileged kids at Christmas and we decided to make wood pull toys for toddlers. We bought this 9 inch bandsaw and after reading the manual and watching some YouTube videos, we feel safe operating the saw. I welded a nice base for the saw and we have been experimenting and learning what it can do. It has enough power to resaw 2x4s and we like using it much more than a table saw. Although it looks like several other brands of bandsaws, the Grizzly version is well made and has very good features like ball bearing blade guides and nice accessories like a very easy to use fence for the cast aluminum table. It was delivered in about 5 days, came in good shape and was very easy to setup and get running. We look forward to doing lots of things with this saw and enjoying its use. Im glad we bought it.
I bought this for my grandson, who is a budding woodworker. He loves the saw. I was very impressed with how the saw performed and the features that it has. I will continue to buy Grizzly products.
I have had this machine for 2 months and have over 200 hrs of run time , Great investment for my Knife shop.
Have used many times and it is reliable, easy to use, excellent product. Intend to by your new shaper soon.
Great for small projects. It is well built, especially when price is considered. I have a 20 floor unit for resawing and larger projects, but the little guy gets more regular use.
I have used this for a month now and wish I had gone to a larger machine. The table will not adjust to level. The base was lopsided but did pull down with the tightening of the anchor bolts. Assembly was easy and shipping was on time. This is not the machine for small production work but then again that is reflected in the price. Good machine for occasional hobbyist.
I am a big fan of Grizzly products and there is nothing wrong with the item other than there are others out there that are exactly the same for less money with free shipping ta boot. I should of done my home work first, well will know better next time. You pulled a fast one on me this time, Ed
Very nice saw for the price. LED light is great but saw bed could be less shiny to cut down glare when working
Received the bandsaw very quickly and it arrived in great shape. Set up wasnt bad, it wouldve been quicker if I was more familiar with bandsaws (havent used one since high school shop class) but the manual was easy to follow for set up. Cuts great on what Ive used it for so far.
I dont have room for a full size unit so I got this one. Im glad I did its perfect for what I need it for. With the proper blade it cuts hardwoods, aluminum, plastic anything you need to do and the vacuum port keeps everything nice and clean. Its the perfect size for anyone that does a bunch of small projects and It can handle some heavy projects as well!
I bought this for my son and he really likes it. This is the second one I bought, the first was for another son who is setting up a work shop in his garage too.I especially like the roller bearing guides on this small band-saw which are like the ones on my 14" Grizzly saw, model G0555P which isn't available anymore.
I bought this several weeks ago and it took time to get it put together only because I wanted my 11 year old grandson to participate. We had a good time putting together because we followed the directions to the letter,then we set it up using the Snodgrass method .The first cut he made was a heart for his mom(my daughter)
For the price point, this saw can't be beat...worth the extra money over the competitor's equivalents.
Really nice fence system. Only thing that's a bit annoying is the flex housing for the lamp- it doesn't want to stay put very well.
There may be a tension adjustment for it, I don't know. Not that big of a deal, really.
I've had three benchtop band saws and this one is by far is the best. Accurate cuts and overall guilty of the saw is fantastic.
I quickly set up my G0803 bandsaw when it arrived. Compared to my last saw of the same size, it runs like a Cadillac. Going through the set-up procedures, I was checking if the wheels were coplaner and was surprised to find the wheels were parallel, but not coplaner - the top wheel being IN more than the other by about 1/8 inch. I decided to shim the upper wheel but was a little distraught when I found that the wheel cannot be shimmed because it is held in place by a snap ring, rather than a nut. If I shim it out, I would never get the snap ring on as the groove would not be accessible. Maybe there is something I don't know about small band saws? Is it important that they be coplaner?
While in middle of a big project, my 33 year-old bandsaw crapped out. I immediately began looking for a replacement by visiting Sears, Home Depot, Lowes and Harbor Freight. All of the saws seemed questionable and online reviews weren't impressive. I looked at various manufacturers online before deciding to purchase my Grizzly. Best decision I made this year. The saw arrived on-schedule and set-up was rather quick. The only frustration was aligning the blade the first time. But once accomplished, the saw cut smooth and true each time. I highly recommend this bandsaw for any home woodworker.
The band saw is very easy to use and I really like the quality of the blades--the very best that I have ever used. I have another band saw (Sears 12 inch) which I
have had for over 30 years. My Grizzly has many features which are superior to the old one.
So far I'm satisfied, we'll see how it performs long term.
Haven't had my Benchtop bandsaw for very long but so far I am very happy with it. The manual was very clear and allowed me to setup the saw very Quickly and with no errors. Tested the saw and cross cut and rip were dead on and square.
I bought this about 2 months ago and waited until I had used it a few times to do this review. I have to say I am happy with it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a small bench top saw. While assembling (quite easy) I took note of the quality of the unit. Especially the blade guides, table and fence. All of those items are much nicer than any of the other, less expensive competitors products. In setting the unit up, I followed the steps and other than one thing, set up was easy and accurate. That one thing, is that there are no instructions to adjust the blade guide assembly parallel to the blade both side to side and front to back. Do that after setting your table square to the blade, otherwise, you'll have to adjust the bearings every time you change the blade guide height. Two items frequently complained about in reviews of this saw are the light assembly and the lower cover hitting the fence guide knobs. They are valid complaints, but I just draped the light over the guide height adjustment knob and adjusted it to light up the area directly in front of, and the blade. Yes, it's not the best, but most of the competition doesn't even have a light. The other issue, the door hitting the fence rail knobs should also be addressed by the manufacturer. If the knobs were about 1/8" shorter, the door would clear and there would still be plenty of knob for even the fattest of thumbs to operate. Take note though, that the fence has to either be removed from the table or on the far right side of the table for the door to clear the fence lock-down mechanism and handle to allow the door to fully open.
Things I'd like to see addressed: The fore mentioned light and door issues, inclusion of a step in the manual for setting the guide assembly parallel to the blade. And, (probably a stretch), but including a small square that fits the space between table and fully raised guides would save a lot of searching around for something to fit, or having to go out and buy a set of small machinists squares (which are a little pricey) for the set-up of the saw.
I have only used this saw a few times since assembling it but so far I like it very much. It came well-adjusted right out of the box. the blade ran true and cut nice and straight, much better than my 50+ year-old Rockwell Delta I had before this. I will agree with other reviewers that the light needs more rigidity once you move it it. Otherwise happy.. Ag ood value saw.
I am not happy with this product. It does not do what the manual says it will do. You cannot use a 3/8" blade because the bearing runs continuously in which the manual says will burn it up.
I bought this saw without really doing my homework about it. It is called a "nine-inch" saw, and I assumed that to be the depth of cut. I needed to cut up some small logs that are about 7" - 8" in diameter, and I thought this saw would do it. The depth of cut with this saw is no more than about 3 or 4 inches. I went ahead with the project by splitting the logs, but the saw blade is so flexible that it just wandered all over the place in the wood rather than giving me a straight cut.
I think this saw is better suited for hobbyists who need to cut pieces for model airplanes, etc.
The saw seems to be very well made, and the packaging and shipping were great. There was no damage. The owner's manual is one of the best written manuals I have ever read. The authors need to get a major pat on the back for their work.
I enjoy doing business with Grizzly, and it is my fault that I didn't research the product before I purchased it. I will sell it locally to somebody who needs a lighter duty tool than I need.
I belong to a woodworking club that makes toys for less fortunate children, most from 2x pine. before the first box of about 50 one of the bearings started to make noise. The saw is the perfect size but looks like is a bearing eater. Other than that it seems to be a good saw so if you don't mind replacing bearings, buy it.
This is a great bench top bandsaw. The features allow for easy setup and maintenance!
Bought this bandsaw thinking it would be better than harbor freight, sears and ryobi. Yes it's way better!! The o my thing I don't like it the darn light. Will not stay in place. Otherwise I love it!!
As seen in previous reviews, the product is servicable. Its light is close to worthless due to location and it takes time to really tune it up for use. I dont understand why Grizzly cannt improve on these two shortcomings, but it is about what I expected.
Don't let the three stars set the complete tone for this review. I like the bandsaw. It has some very good features, such as the bearing guides and tension relief lever. The problems I experienced were with the factory setup. It took me a full day to set the saw up so that it would cut to my satisfaction. Am I picky? Yes, to the extreme. The time consuming challenge was to bring the mitre slot into (near) perfect alignment with the saw blade. Their simply was not adequate provision for angling the table properly. I could get within three millimeters (measuring at extreme ends of the mitre slot), but no closer. After checking and re-checking all the components that might be contributing to the situation, I opted for some slight machining modifications to the table. Now the saw cuts straight as an arrow with both the fence and the mitre gauge, but I ended up spending a lot of time doing what some factory worker in China should have done before this product went into the box. Having worked with overseas vendors for decades, I understand that some of them have a tendency to get sloppy over time. It may be time to give this one a little extra attention, Grizzly.
I am a part time wood worker, I brought this saw to help out with some of my jobs. One of the first things I did was make some cuts on 3in rough cut cypress for table base. The saw was able to handle the thickness and curves. This saw did not disappoint at all. Highly recommend it!
Just recieved my new bandsaw today. After 20 years of getting by using only a scrollsaw, I am definitely going to enjoy this saw. The saw came well packaged. Instructions were ample. Setup was easy and straightforward. In 30 minutes or so I was trying the saw out on 2 and 1/4" dried white oak. The saw handled everything with no problem. Key to this, I think is correct setup, checking all the bearing adjustments, squaring the table and the fence and looking at a lot of youtube videos prior to purchase. Angle cuts were precise! I did need to adjust bearing clearances to begin with. Afterwards the saw ran with minimal vibration. In addition, the fence works well.This is a great value for a small shop, homeowner, tinkerer like me. The light is usable, but would be better if the flexible shaft/cord were about 3" longer. Then the light could be better focused toward the front of the blade cutting surface.
Like others, the only fault I have with the saw is the position of the light. I fixed that by relocating the light at the top right corner of the saw. I roubted the wire across the inside top of the saw and down the inside to the main frame to the transformer. All it took was a longer piece of wire.
I bought this on sale and it has proven to be a good value. I really like the fence.
I bought this about a month ago and was very happy with everything about it except the LED work light should have a longer cord on it. Other then that I love it!!
I have used this saw for three different projects with no need for adjustment. Works like it should.
happy with everything, but my work light does not work,you have sent me different parts, but still does not work
Nice little tool. Amazing for the money.
It is not to be compared to a 14 inch band saw. It is fine for small jobs and it can stored away nicely when not in use.
Well made and perfect for my small shop. Arrived quickly. Easy to set up.
From half inch to two inch stock this saw is rock solid. Same results that I get with larger bandsaws.
This is a very good machine. I had to adjust the lower wheel a small amount to keep the blade running in the center. The instructions that came with the unit was quite
clear , so it was easy enoughh to do. The saw cust well and does everything I want it to do.
The only recommendation I would make is to make the flex portion of the light a little stiffer so as stay in place better.
I enjoy dealing with Grizzley and look forward to doing more business in the future.
John Quinton , Burlington Ontario. .
If those folks that complain about the built in light placement use it as a reason not to buy-- they are nuts--would buy again
Just the right size, wish I had got it sooner,, easy set up and basically works fine out of the box
Pros: The saw is easy to lift, and seems to be sturdy. It makes nice clean cuts, and is a very good machine for the price.
Con: The light is awkwardly located, and casts a shadow on the part of the work one needs to see.
Slightly underpowered, but since I have a 14" bandsaw too, not really a problem. Overall quality is good, part fit well and it has nice features such as quick tension release. Only real complaint is that upper wheel had a damaged spoke which may weaken the wheel or throw off the balance making operating less smooth than it could be.
I'm having a lot of trouble putting the saw together, can't get the blade back inside the glides or rollers
As and educator we have purchased many different types of bench band saws...(Ryobi, Black and Decker, Dewalt and Rigid). The grizzly product has by far exceeded our user expectation and we will be purchasing more in the future. It cost fifty dollars more but it will last twice as long. A great product.
Bel Air high school
This size bandsaw is great for the hobby or home shop user. It is not meant for commercial use but is great for everyday use.
great saw cuts straight and true. i am an avid hobbit and use the saw at least 3 times a week and works and cuts whatever i feed it.
I have set up the bandsaw, adjusted the saw following the directions, and used it to cut my first piece of thin wood.It cut beautifully. I am very pleased. I had waited a month for our electric co. to change the outlet to three pronged before i actually used the saw for that first cut. I am looking forward to the new catalog coming in the mail as promised by your email message.
After extensive reviews and looking over specs I found this to be well worth the money. A few months of use and I have only good things to say about its solid build quality and performance. My constructive criticism to grizzly is to remove or relocate the light attachment. Also the fence rail knobs need to be shortened to accommodate the swing of the bottom door.
My husband has had several bandsaws over the years, and asked for this one as a Christmas gift. For the money, it had several features he'd not had previously, and he is very happy with it.
This is one of the best benchtop band saws I have used. The quality is top notch and works well for smaller woodworking and art pieces I am working on. Highly recommend it. The only thing to make note of as I did not realize this myself as an amateur but the 9" bandsaw does not reflect the overall cutting height. The largest piece you can cut is 3 1/2" piece of wood.
This is my first Grizzly product and I am very satisfied with it. I did have an issue with the work light not working
and it took 3 different attempts before it was finally corrected. Your techs that I spoke with were all very good
to work with and helpful. There was apparently a wiring issue with the light and the LED driver, but the last light
that was sent to me works fine. Again, I am very satisfied with the product and enjoy using it.
I chose the Grizzly over other comparable saws because of the quality and extra features it comes with. Well worth the extra money.
This 9in bandsaw has to be the best benchtop bandsaw on the market, especially at this price point. Don't even mention this saw in the same breath as the 9in saws you see at the box stores- they are from two different planets. This is a high end saw scaled down, just like you're looking for. The design is very well thought out. The power switch is where you expect it to be, which oddly enough is not where most saws in this price range put it. The saw is solid and stable when cutting, without being bolted down. The work table is solid and adjustable for angled cuts. The included fence locks down tight and is adjustable for skew alignment. With very little setup and tuning, the saw was running true and making great cuts half an hour after I took it out of the box. It has all the adjustments you find on bigger, more expensive saws. The only minor quibble is that the work light comes out of the back of the saw. (Frankly, there's no other good place to mount it. The power switch and the light switch occupy all the real estate on the front between the access covers.) Thankfully the flexible neck is long enough to reach around as shown in the picture. Has it been an issue? Nope. Maybe one day when I have absolutely nothing else to do I'll remount the light. No, I won't. Because it works just like it is and I have better things to do.
Buy with confidence.
This arrived quickly and was very easy to assemble. This is my first bandsaw so it took me a little time to get the tension and tracking figured out, but it's working awesomely now. If I buy a bigger one later on, it will most likely be another Grizzly!
This saw works great, Grizzly has an amazing shipping department. I highly recommend buying your tools from this company.
Purchased this saw for prepping bowl blanks to turn on my Grizzly lathe. Tool arrived in good condition, went together with no issues. I have cut 2" thick maple with no problem. My only issue would be the fairly useless light. The only way to use is to hook it over the knob on the end of the saw. It will not hold up and sags badly rendering it useless. I'm a professional woodworker, and have access to high end handsaws. For the price, I am very impressed with the performance and quality of this less than $200.00 machine.
I bought this saw about a month ago and have used it to cut 2" oak and 1/4" aluminum with a 1/8th inch blade. I was quite surprised at how it cut so effortlessly. I've it for several hours now and just love the way it cuts. I did have to do some alignment on the machine, to be expected. The machine is worth the price I paid. Its better than anything out there I've seen or used.
I bought this saw after some deliberation. Needed a small bandsaw for my shop to prep knife scales so it didn't need to be very big. Came down to this saw and the Craftsman 10". Pretty much equal in a side by side, got to look at and put my hands on the Craftsman but not the Grizzly. But I have a couple of Grizzly products and they have served me well, plus it was on sale, so I ordered it. Saw came in a few days later and I was able to set it up this weekend. Unboxed it and quickly realized 2 things, 1 the top handle was broken in half and 2 no instruction manual ... But we got her figured out! Not much to put together anyway. Initial set up was pretty strait forward, got the table on and squared up, installed the fence, set the upper and lower blade guides and fired it up! Saw runs smooth and blade deflection was minimal. Sawed up a bunch of handle stock, mesquite, walnut, G-10 and krynite to see how it performed. The saw handled it fine.
So initial observation are
1. Not a bad little saw for the money!
2. Upper and lower ball bearing blade guides are a plus!
3. The fence is good. Once adjusted, locks in tight, has a good handle.
4. The light needs some work, it does an excellent job of lighting up the BACK side of the blade and your saw line, and casts a shadow across your line of sight. I would change the position of the light, either in front of or the left side of the saw or leave it off completely. I have magnetic base lights I use anyway, but if your gonna go through the trouble of putting it on the saw, might as well make it functional.Right?
For the money( less than $200.00) can't beat it. I'll repost another review after a few months and we'll see how it holds up.
Purchased after Christmas 2015 and used lightly for 6 weeks now. Delivery was fast and the saw is well packed in two substantial pieces of styrofoam. Setup took just over 45 minutes. Wheels were parallel and coplanar right out of the box. The lower blade guide has a tendency to rotate in its track as you tighten it so one bearing ends up higher than the other in relation to the blade. I used a screwdriver as a lever against the frame to minimize this and once tightened the lower blade guide stays in place. Top and bottom blade guide bearings are not eccentric but simply slide in and out once loosened. A square nut, in a track, on the rear of the guide keeps each in place when tightened. Fence is better than most for a small saw. Miter gauge is marginal -- no slop when in table. Slide is metal, the rest is plastic. LED light should have a longer flexible shaft so it can actually light up the work area. I angle it from the back side and get a little light onto the blade and cut line. Cutting hardwood spoon blanks has been much easier than with a Sears 9" bandsaw. The ball bearing blade guides make all the difference. The saw has good tracking with the included raker blade and cuts smoothly. Purchased a 3/8 Olsen 4 tpi blade but haven't installed it yet. Installed the saw on a Harbor Freight stand. Saw runs very smoothly and passes the nickel test.