While in Hawaii I decided to upgrade my workshop bandsaw. Monday I did it, Went to the Grizzly shop and bought a dandy 17" model GO513X2B. but the shipping weight is over 400 lbs. I called on my two wonderful neighbors, Tony Winter and George Dauber. Tony has a pickup truck and is about 6 foot four, George is handy as can be and has a 16 year old football playing son, Ben. All three of them came to my rescue and we got it off the truck and into the workshop.
We got it uncrated after a bit using a crowbar and hammer, This thing was shipped from Taiwan and they had it well protected. Here George is bolting on the heavy cast iron table. All the parts and pieces were there and a bit of "assembly was required". Tony is holding the light so George can see what he is doing.
I got it all put together,adjusted, leveled and trued up. Installed the 220 plug, got the dust collection hoses attached and turned it on for the first time about 3;00 PM today. I am delighted. Did a trial ressw that was excellent, Sawed up the shipping container wood for Tony's fireplace, Ran it for about an hour and was so pleased. It is quiet, powerful, and has easy adjusting blade guides. This is a fine machine and a real upgrade.
A really wonderful feature are its two sawdust ports. I have connected it to my sawdust collection system as you can see here. The other branch goes to the table saw. I used the saw for perhaps an hour, and after that time there was no sawdust to be seen on the floor nor inside the machine, It had all been sucked away into the dust collector ten feet away. Marvelous for shop cleanliness, and most importantly for my health. Sawdust is dangerous stuff, especially from woods like Cocobolo, and the other Rosewoods. I am weary but happy. Know anyone who wants to buy a good used band saw. My old one is available for $500. I can get back to finishing those two Kasha's now,