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(first post from new guy....): Am looking for a good used band saw with adjustable speed that will cut wood and metal. Been shopping on Craig's list and have been advised that there are good ones and some not so good ones.
Don't have a lot of free time or money to mess with stuff so I have to make the right decision the first time. I was looking at a Grizzly G0555 but right before I purchased I called their tech for a finall few questions and the rep said the saw could not be used for cutting metal - wood only. Anybody have any advice regarding a source for a comprehensive review of band saw quality / per- formance?
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Hi Matthew

To start with the Grizzy band will work for steel BUT you need to slow it way down,with a speed control device or pulleys, but it can be a pain to try and use it for both jobs,the standard band saw will cut brass/alum. all day long..with the same blades the norm..
But do check out the HF wood band saws, most are the same but with diff.names on them..and diff.paint jobs.

If you want to cut steel you can get a lower end band saw that will do the trick ..see below
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(first post from new guy....): Am looking for a good used band saw with adjustable speed that will cut wood and metal. Been shopping on Craig's list and have been advised that there are good ones and some not so good ones.
Don't have a lot of free time or money to mess with stuff so I have to make the right decision the first time. I was looking at a Grizzly G0555 but right before I purchased I called their tech for a finall few questions and the rep said the saw could not be used for cutting metal - wood only. Anybody have any advice regarding a source for a comprehensive review of band saw quality / per- formance?



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If you want to cut steel you can get a lower end band saw that will do the trick ..see below
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I have that exact same saw in my shop for cutting metal, and the only thing I can add is you can upgrade the guides, and go with a bimetal blade and it cuts just as accurate as the ones that cost 2-3x more. I use it all the time.
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For Grizzly, depending on what kind of cuts your planning to make, look at the model #G0621. (No, this ain't cheap). Otherwise, the one Bj listed would work.

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