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Blog entry by jabroney323 posted 12-23-2013 04:05 PM 922 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello new to site hi all, looking for info on which 14 inch steel frame saw to go with the craftsman or rikon both with 8 inch resaw thanks for any help need to upgrade mike

-- mike

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#1 posted 12-23-2013 05:05 PM

From memory, the Rikon is around $600, while the Craftsman can commonly be had for under $400.
If cost is a big issue and you only plan to use a bandsaw casually…the Craftsman probably makes more sense.
If an extra $250 is not a consideration and/or you plan to use the bandsaw a lot…..the slightly higher quality Rikon might make sense.

In my personal situation as a hobbyist, I’d get the Craftsman. I don’t resaw and only use a bandsaw a half dozen times per year.

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#2 posted 12-23-2013 05:21 PM

I on the other hand have my 14” set up strictly for resawing, My BS is used quite a bit. I have a scroll saw and a small 10” Craftsman that I use for tight curves, both benchtop machines. My HF bandsaw does everything Ive ever asked of it. With a QUALITY blade and correct tuning most any bandsaw can perform admirably. I post this guys video for just about every BS question, because, when followed, turns your bandsaw into a trusted companion not just a tool.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#3 posted 12-23-2013 07:22 PM

The Rikon 14” wheels.

-- Tom D

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#4 posted 12-24-2013 12:54 AM

thanks for the replys i got the rikon 321 on sale wood craft been lookig used for over a year on cl but these guys r into the cash just way over the top jabroney 323

-- mike

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#5 posted 01-01-2014 11:04 PM

Hi all just wishing all a safe and happy new year have a new storm on the way to western ma hope everyone is ready later

-- mike

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#6 posted 01-02-2014 02:45 PM

Hi everyone just wondering if i can make spoons out of black cherry i have some firewood around and want to know if it will be safe for cooking thanks

-- mike

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