I just got one of these Grizzly Metal-Cutting Bandsaws (4 x 6-Inch) two months ago. I’m a civil engineer at work, but at home, I am an inventor / innovator. I have a few patents and more on the way. I like my Grizzly, and, I dare say, it’s the best small bandsaw out there. I call it The Griz 4:16. This review is half about this quality product and half about the reviews I read before buying it!
The main feature, for me, is The Griz 4:16 (from here I’ll just call it The Griz) has gotten all my many odd cutting jobs done with perfect accuracy, so far. I ordered a horizontal 4 X 6 inch metal cutting band saw, and I got one that did just that, efficiently and consistently. My projects are all moving along smoothly thanks to its precise and dependable cutting power.
The Griz includes a vertical cutting attachment, which I have not yet used, but seems sketchy. This is fine, even if it is as unreliable for vertical cuts as I think it might be. I purchased a horizontal saw and that’s what it does. Anything extra is bonus.
If you’re looking at reviews and you see the negative impressions of the vertical cutting prowess of this horizontal saw, and others in its class, for that matter, keep your perspective! Vertical cuts are an extra feat you can achieve with this very reasonably priced horizontal metal cutting bandsaw.
The saw has maximum 4-1/2″ round and 4-1/2″ x 6″ rectangular cutting capacity. It is movable, but I don’t need to move it around my shop much. It has the wheels these units usually have, and that’s good. If you’re going to need to move The Griz around a lot, you should look into the sturdiness of the wheels. I’ve heard both good and bad about this, and my personal experience is the wheels look okay, but, as I said, I have not tested out the theory.
This is a bit of a rant, but, before purchasing the unit, I read about it’s being “too heavy”, which makes shipping dicey. Mine shipped fine. If any problems did come up, I know I could just get it resolved through customer service at Amazon or the shipping company. This is what everyone should expect in first world country commerce! What else should you expect?
In all the research I did before buying my Griz saw, any complaints about weight were followed up with “but Amazon was really good and replaced it”, or something like that. No one was left high and dry. Yes, solid, quality, cast iron tools are heavy. Yes, that means shipping can lead to problems. I am mentioning it in case weight is an issue for some other reason in your shop, but not to gripe about the first class shipping the 21st century provides. It’s heavy. I included the specs from the Amazon page below.
Ultimately, I found the reviews on Amazon and elsewhere on the Internet to be helpful, and on top of what I mentioned above, here’s what else the reviews say that you can count on receiving:
The features, such as they are, make the pros and cons list almost comically lopsided. All I can say is check out the unit for yourself. It does what it does right. It probably does what it doesn’t do not so well. I can’t, in my experience as an owner / operator and metal cutting hobbyist, count that as a fault.
Motor: 3/4 HP, 110V, single-phase, 1725 RPM –
Max. capacity circular: 4-1/2″ dia. –
Max. capacity rectangular: 4-1/2″ x 6″ –
Blade speeds: 78, 108, 180 FPM –
Included Blade size: 64-1/2″ x 1/2″ x 14 TPI –
Approx. shipping weight. 127 lbs. –
Product Dimensions 14 x 39 x 15 –
Power Source: Corded-electric
|Blades are standard and easy to find / buy;
Variable speed is perfect for all the types of materials you need to cut;
Automatic shutoff is handy;
Doesn’t take up much space in your shop;
Its online reviews seem legit.
|Its heaviness might be a concern for those purchasing for mobility. Buyers urged to kick the wheels;
Probably doesn’t do excellently what these machines don’t do well (i.e. vertical cuts).
As I said, I think the Grizzly Metal-Cutting Bandsaw, 4 x 6-Inch is the best small bandsaw in its class. You can count on it to do what it does well, as advertised. I took one for the team, and it payed off. You’re welcome. All kidding aside, I think the few problems I’ve read about it online all boil down to consumers who just bought the wrong tool for the types of projects they wanted to do. Some people just need the bigger, more expensive machine that is expected to be heavy, sturdy and able to make a vertical cut without fail.