Tool Test: Grizzly’s ‘Ultimate Band Saw’


This do-it-all band saw has all the power and finesse you’ll need.
By Glen D. Huey
Page: 28

From the June 2009 issue #176
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Grizzly calls its model G0636X the 17″ Ultimate Band Saw. With “ultimate” defined as last, final or definitive, I would agree. This could be the last band saw you ever buy.

This saw, with a steel-reinforced frame, arrives sporting a 1″-wide x 0.025″-thick blade with six teeth per inch. It is set up as a machine for resawing lumber. If that is your sole purpose for this tool, so be it. But there’s no reason not to make this band saw your everyday saw as well. Slip a different blade over the wheels and go for it.

A 5-horsepower, single-phase, 220-volt motor powers this machine. There’s enough drive to run up to a 1 3/8″-wide blade to slice paper-thin veneer, yet this saw has the finesse to cut tight curves in band-sawn boxes using a blade as narrow as 1/8″. At 160″ in length, however, finding a replacement blade at a local store is not easily done.


From the June 2009 issue #176
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