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Upgrading this ole band saw...

bradleyheathhays

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I need to upgrade my ancient 16" Grizzly band saw, but I'm not sure if what I'm needing is possible. I need a bigger support platform as well as increased cutting height. I think there are upgrades out there for increased cutting height but not sure about if there are options for installing a larger platform. I'm hoping my platform mount is of a universal type and there might be an upgrade option out there. Or if I can rig it somehow that'd be acceptable too. Any advice on where the parts I'm needing might be sold?

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You can get a riser kit from grizzly for a 14" but not sure if they have anything for a 16" to increase the cutting height. Not sure what you man by a new platform? Do you mean a larger table? That could get costly. What is your need for a larger table? If it's just for cutting bowl blanks than a plywood overlay would work just fine.
 
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As far as the platform is concerned, I used a piece of melamine on my Grizzly 17" to greatly increase the size of the platform. I put a runner on the bottom to go in the miter slot, as well as cleats on the front and side so that it not only stays square but also will not tilt or otherwise tip on me when cutting big bowl blanks. The front cleat also acts as a stop so that when sliding it (similar to miter sled) I never cut past the center. A simple pin put at any radius you desire can also create a great circle cutting jig. The melamine stays very clean and slides easily, especially with a bit of paste wax on the bottom; protects your original platform as well.

I'm not at home right now and only have the one picture, but if you'd like more details let me know. I love this set up!

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I'm also a little confused... "Support platform", you're talking about the base the saw is sitting on? Don't know that they come in different sizes unless you cobble something together yourself. To my knowledge, they are always pretty narrow.
Being two piece construction, looks like it's made to take a riser block as an option but I'm not familiar with the Grizzly saws.
What year was that saw manufactured?
 

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I need to upgrade my ancient 16" Grizzly band saw, but I'm not sure if what I'm needing is possible. I need a bigger support platform as well as increased cutting height. I think there are upgrades out there for increased cutting height but not sure about if there are options for installing a larger platform. I'm hoping my platform mount is of a universal type and there might be an upgrade option out there. Or if I can rig it somehow that'd be acceptable too. Any advice on where the parts I'm needing might be sold?

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If you have the model number, the riser shouldn't be a huge problem. I am with every other comment so far on the support surface. Melamine or formica topped should do the trick in your own custom size. If you want it permanent, you can make it a little larger and put legs under it as in an out feed table.
 

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Here's a better picture of the "platform" I made for my bandsaw if that's in fact what you're looking to do. It's 34" wide and 24" deep, which makes it incredibly stable for cutting bigger pieces. And the ability to slide it in and out 12" is a feature I'd highly recommend as well.

Unfortunately in a small space it tends to become a staging area for works in process that all need moving when I want to actually use it as a bandsaw!

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