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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-04-2011, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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We are considering buying a 14" Grizzly band saw. We owned one about 10 years ago but had to sell it before we moved. It was 3/4 hp and single speed. Grizzly still offers that same basic saw for $375. They also offer 2 saws, each are 2 speeds and each are rated at 1 hp although there is a small difference in amp rating. One is painted white ($425) one isn't ($475). Do you think a home wood shop needs 2 speeds and is the 1 hp better than the 3/4 hp. Please advise. This is for "my girly shop", I am even painting the cabinets fun colors.
I plan on resawing and making bandsaw boxes and also have a lathe and hope to use the free tree wood from the wood pile.
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I was looking at them and basically I saw no difference except for the white paint, when I do pull the trigger I will go for the 1 h.p. always better to buy what Ya can than try and save a few dollars then be aggrivated later when Ya might need the extra power

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Considering the $425 saw is identical to the $475 saw with the exception of color, I'd say save yourself the $50.00. For resawing I would choose 1 HP over 3/4. Having the option of adding a riser block is a bonus too. Down the road your "girly" shop may find good use for it. If you have 220V service in your shop that saw is going to be a serious workhorse! I would invest the extra $50 over the $375 saw and have the extra oomph just in case you need it.
I plan on upgrading my bandsaw one day, and I looked at that Grizzly model myself.

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A caveat on riser blocks, at least on the Grizzly 0555, it eats up almost an inch of throat depth when installed.
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1 hp, 11/2 is better yet, you'll be glad you did down the line when you add the riser block and do re-sawing.

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I purchased the G0555P (the white one) earlier this year. I do not yet have the riser block for it. I will say it is a good solid saw. I run it mainly with a 1/4" timberwolf blade which makes a great cut! The saw comes with a 3/8" blade which I have never used, as based on several recommendations I received, the blade is junk.

On one of the other community sites I frequent, there are at least 3 or 4 others that have the identical saw (with the exception of the paint color), and it was based on all of their positive recommendations that made me decide to pull the trigger on the Grizzly. I have not regretted it.
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Thanks everyone for your input. Will let you know what I can talk my hubby into. I think if I make him a peach pie he will go for the very best.
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