I received my new Grizzly G9742 band saw last Friday and finally completed its assembly last night. I thought I would post a few of my thoughts regarding its fit and finish prior to any use.
1. The base went together easily and was very straight forward. When I placed the saw portion on the base was where I ran into a slight issue. The bolt holes in the base did not quite align with the holes in the saw's casting. Two quik-grip clamps resolved the issue and all went smoothly from there.
2. The motor shut-off seems erratic. I have spent about an hour or so trying to adjust so that it shuts off when a cut is completed and thus far have not gotten it to function to my liking. I will report further on this once I have a chance to use the saw.
3. The indicator for setting the angle obscures the graduations on the scale when the scale is viewed from above. I am not certain why it was designed the way it was (as a pointer) but I will fabricate a replacement (it will have a relief either in the center kind of like a rectangles with a "V" shaped cut-out or a straight edge that will not obscure the scale)when I have a chance.
4. One thing that I noticed about the head. When it is swung forward the left side can contact the bed. I am not certain how this forward swing is to be used as a result of this but time will tell. So long as I have the 45* rotation to the back I'm happy.
Thus far I am very impressed with what can be had for $450. The machined surfaces looked nice and the head swings very smoothly. I will be purchasing a bi-metal blade in the very near future and then will really start cutting some stock. I will report further once I have some cutting time on the saw.
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