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post #21 of 25 Old 03-24-2019, 02:57 PM
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I would love to have gotten the 18" but no room for that footprint. The 14SUV with nearly 15" resaw capacity works nicely for me.

I don't want to post the video again (so soon) but you can see the 14SUV cutting a 14" wide piece of Sinker Mahogany in the video in Post #3 in this thread - Best bandsaw for resawing

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I would love to have gotten the 18" but no room for that footprint. The 14SUV with nearly 15" resaw capacity works nicely for me.



I don't want to post the video again (so soon) but you can see the 14SUV cutting a 14" wide piece of Sinker Mahogany in the video in Post #3 in this thread - Best bandsaw for resawing



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I've been looking at bandsaws for two months, not rushing into a purchase until I was satisfied with what I wanted and would best serve my purposes.



I've looked online, in person, and talked with many about bandsaws in general, and specifically different brands.


I looked at Laguna, Jet, Powermatic, Rikon, and Grizzly. You can find testimonies that praise and testimonies that damn, but in the end you make a choice.


I didn't find any used bandsaws to consider as Craigslist is full of old, rusted, and neglected heaps for which the sellers wanted premium prices.


I've decided on a Grizzly G0513X2BF 17" as the best bang for my buck. I wanted the foot brake and motor switch brake. I wanted a bigger than 14" table, the cast iron fence, and cast iron wheels. I'll have the ability to resaw, cut some green wood on occasion, and about everything else I want to do.


I'll be adding a Carter Stabilizer for small blades.


Purchased through Amazon, it's $1680 and free shipping. I can add a four-year protection plan for $80.00.


So, for less that $2000.00 I can get the saw in my shop, 5 year warranty, and 4 good quality blades.


I have nothing bad to say about the other saws, but they didn't strike a note with me.


Later, I'll also be getting a Grizzly 8" jointer with spherical cutting head for the same reasons. I couldn't find another jointer that offers me what I deem important for the same amount of cash.


So make a choice. In the end, it usually comes down to the operator, their skills, their self-education, and their ability and desire to learn - just like everything else in life.


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I like your choice!

When I bought the 19" with the motor brake, I thought that was a really great safety feature. Now it comes on the 17" combined with the foot brake... awesome!
https://www.grizzly.com/products/Gri...itch/G0513X2BF


I no longer have it for personal reasons, not at all related to the quality of the machine, I really was impressed with it!
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I've decided on a Grizzly G0513X2BF 17" as the best bang for my buck.

Later, I'll also be getting a Grizzly 8" jointer with spherical cutting head for the same reasons. I couldn't find another jointer that offers me what I deem important for the same amount of cash.

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Sometimes I wish I had the throat depth of a 17" or 18" but the 14" has suited me just fine for the last three years. You'll love the saw!

And I really like Powermatic but my PM 54A 6" jointer is just too small sometimes and I haven't been able to find a PM 8" on CL, at least not close enough to consider. If there was any way I could justify getting a new jointer I would probably get the same Grizzly 8" with the same cutterhead you're getting. Good call on that, too.

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