A good bandsaw can make all the difference to any workshop by giving you the means to make precise cuts through a wide range of materials and to the extent that you are able to cut precise shapes and even intricate patterns. Bandsaws are also particularly easy to use as they have their own base and their own plate for working on. This means you can simply take your piece of material over to them and start cutting; there’s no need to clear space where you’re working or to struggle to try to manually saw without knocking things over with your elbow.
Adding a bandsaw to your repertoire is definitely a good call if you are a DIYer or woodworker then, but the question is how you go about choosing the right one. There are a lot of different options here and they can range quite drastically in terms of their power and their versatility. Some will take up a good half of your workshop and have their own stand. Others are small and can be added to any existing table top. Knowing the kind you need and getting the right one is key if you want to avoid wasting money while ensuring that you are able to tackle every task that you need to.
Read on to find out if the Grizzly G0555LX is the bandsaw you’re looking for.
The Grizzly G0555LX uses a cast iron frame with a precision ground cast iron table. That should tell you right away that this is a powerful tool with some serious build quality going on. Cast iron tables make a big difference over plastic alternatives, as they allow you to put some real pressure on the table without worrying about it bending, warping or wobbling. Likewise, the weight of the bandsaw itself is also ideal for putting some pressure on and still feeling like the thing is stable enough to allow for perfect precision. This is a big machine too, with a floor to table height of 43”.
The saw itself is 14 inch, which gives some great cutting depth. The maximum cutting height is 6”, while the throat is 13-1/2”.
The Grizzly G0555LX is CSA C22 certified, so you know you’re getting a good quality product that could potentially be used in a professional setting. Of course, for the relatively low price though, you know that you’re not going to get the very highest power. This is a 1HP motor, which is certainly better than a lot of hobby-grade bandsaws but at the very lower end of what you might consider using professionally. It’s still a good value proposition in terms of pure power-to-cost ratio though and for that reason alone it is worthy of praise. It has two-speed settings, which are 1800 and 3100 RPM.
Numbers can only tell you so much, but we can report happily that this is a great tool to use that really glides through most things you throw at it. It feels sturdy and stable and for the money, you really couldn’t ask for more.
Pros and Cons
The advantages of this device largely revolve around its relatively low price compared with the power that you are getting. This is a great performer and it will impress time after time. It is heavy, weighty and powerful and comes with all the extra features you’d expect like the dust port, fence and miter gauge.
The only drawback for some will be that this is a 1HP and not a 2HP. It’s perfectly understandable for the price but the question you might ask is whether it’s spending just a little bit more in order to get something that does offer that slight upgrade in power.
The other thing to be aware of is that it does not come with the stand, despite it being shown in many of the pictures.
All in all, this is a fantastic bandsaw that really delivers in terms of the power, the build quality, and the weighty construction. It has plenty of features and in short, does everything that you could hope it to for a relatively low price. This will be more than enough for hobbyists and ample for most professionals too!