After my unfortunate experience with Busy Bee, I’ve been looking into my options for bandsaws.
I almost went with a 14” King Canada bandsaw because I could buy it here locally. The price was right, but the resaw capacity was paltry. The 17 inch model was out of my price range completely.
I finally decided on the Rikon 10-325 and then started shopping around.
I could buy the saw on Amazon.com and get free shipping but not to Canada. My neighbour has a PO box in Maine, and even with paying duties and taxes, I could get the saw home for about $1260.00 Cdn plus the cost of gas for the one hour drive each way.
The cons – If I’ve read correctly, the Rikon ships in one box only. I’d have to drive down to Maine with at least one other person, buy lunch etc etc. and wrestle the beast home.
-also, I prefer to shop within Canada as much as possible (despite the saw being made elsewhere of course)
When I the saw the bandsaw marked down to $799.00 on CanadianWoodworker.com I called to get a shipping quote. The total came to 1240 something with taxes and shipping. Pretty much what I could get it for through Amazon, but without the bother of driving to Maine.
So it’s a done deal! I’m not going to get my hopes up quite yet, and having learned from my last experience, I will be taking a very good look at all the pieces before doing any assembly.
-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.