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    17" bandsaws

    in the grizzly line they have several models.. i have a friend looking to purchase one and he has asked my thoughts i told him i would ask you guys.. i dont have a grizzly tool so on this page there are several 17" saws.. whats your choice for a new saw and why?
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    I can only speak from experience which is limited to the G0513X and X2. I have the "X" which was a 'tweener' model before public opinion drove Grizzly to cast iron trunnions. Seems this was the only thig anyone could find to criticize the saw about so they simply removed the possibility; good thinking. Both the steel and cast iron trunnions use the same hardened teeth for the table tilt and all other specs are identical or were last time I looked. Dad has the "X2" and both of us are very happy.

    If I wanted something more, I would go for more horsepower before a brake or larger throat but, in the current offering you have to go to a 19" to get more HP unless you are willing to make the jump to the 636 series of 5HP 17" saws. I have only slowed my saw down once cutting hard maple at just shy of 12" (and being impatient). Essentially I heard the motor pitch change and backed off just a smidge and went ahead and finished my cut. The importance of more power, a foot brake or an electronic brake will depend on what the tool will be used for.
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    Don't forget the 636X series has a 16" resaw capacity besides the larger HP.
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    I've had a G0513 since about 2004 - before they had the "X" series. I've done quite a bit of ripping and resaw with it and haven't had any problems.
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    thanks for the info guys will pass it along to him..
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