I have a 14” Delta Bandsaw that I have had for 20+ years and I bought it well used back then. It’s still a good saw for doing much of the work that I do and I don’t intend to get rid of it. It suffers in the resawing capacity that I would like to have and for cutting out big turning blanks for bowls etc. I have the riser block but that involves tearing apart the saw and getting all new blades and I’d need to beef up the motor. Besides I do enough different work that having one set up to resaw and the other for detail work would suit me just fine.
I want to get an 18” saw. I have drooled over several. The Rikon sounds like a good value and I could spend more for a Powermatic or Laguna but it is hard to justify. In reading the reviews for the various saws, I hear good things and terrible things about all of them. I haven’t even considered the off brands in my opinion like Shopfox or Grizzley. I live very far away from any woodworking stores that would sell these things so checking them out there isn’t a very good option. Highland Hardware in Atlanta has the Rikon on sale for $1100 but I hear they have a lot of motor problems. Any advice to share, LJs?
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