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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
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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.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGbZqWac0jU
-- 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
#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
#5 posted 01-01-2014 11:04 PM
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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
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