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Grizzly GO555LX 14" Deluxe Bandsaw, 1hp TEFC Motor

Grizzly GO555LX 14" Deluxe Bandsaw, 1hp TEFC Motor

01-29-2013 07:01 AM by BRAVOGOLFTANGO | 9 comments »

Absolutely fantastic piece of machinery. I originally purchased a 14” Porter Cable BS from Lowe’s, brought it back the next day, not that it was junk, just limited to 1/2” blades vs 3/4 specialty blades with the Grizzly. This model was their upgrade from the previous G0555 and it was on sale during Christmas. PROS – This BS runs so smooth and quiet, in fact you need to be sure it’s OFF, my RIDGID shop vacuum I hook up to it is louder than this machine. ...

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Pulled the trigger and got the Rkon instead of the Jet

Pulled the trigger and got the Rkon instead of the Jet

01-23-2013 12:32 AM by CANDL | 16 comments »

Well I came to you folks for advice between the Rikon and Jet 18” bandsaw. The overwhelming consensus was Rikon, and at $999 from Highland Woodworking it turned out to be a no brainer. So far the only problem has been its weight. Fighting that beast through the Kitchen and then down the stairs to the basement … lets say the the next homeowners may get such a deal. But back to the saw, I put Highlands 1/2” Woodslicer on it and it and tried my hand at resawing … w...

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Early but so far so good.

Early but so far so good.

01-21-2013 06:13 PM by Steve Good | 10 comments »

I do a lot of scroll saw work. I use thin stock for most of my projects. My old jet 12” bandsaw could only re-saw six inch stock. That always left me with the problem of either planing away valuable wood or trying to buy scroll saw ready wide boards. Neither option was appealing because of cost. I finally decided to upgrade the saw to something larger with more horse power. On my wish list were at least 12 inches of re-saw capability, 4 inch dust port and a reasonably powerful motor...

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Questionable Warranty

Questionable Warranty

01-17-2013 11:17 PM by Grumpymike | 65 comments »

I purchased a Ricon 10-325 bandsaw on November 23, 2011 And let me say that I was in hog heaven; however today I discovered that one of the guide bearings was frozen, and I called Ricon Tech Support to request a new bearing under the five year warranty. I was also informed that my saw was not under warranty. The Tech Support Specialest I spoke with was a very well mannered and patient young fellow named Jarred, he informed me that these bearings “are a ‘consume-able’ part...

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A Great Band Saw at a Great Price

A Great Band Saw at a Great Price

01-04-2013 12:02 PM by BigDawg | 13 comments »

Rikon makes a great product for a particular market segment. That segment fits between the lesser-expensive Steel City 50100 and the Grizzly G0555X crowd and the more expensive Powermatic, General, Delta, and of course, Laguna. So, the simple question: How often will you use the band saw to realize the gains in quality and performance if you spend that extra money? The band saw is a key tool in my woodworking, so it needs to be be reliable and effective in making my projects easier to crea...

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Shop Fox W1706 Review - Satisfied Customer

Shop Fox W1706 Review - Satisfied Customer

01-02-2013 08:36 PM by DamnYankee | 20 comments »

Recently purchased the Shop Fox W1706. I was driven to purchase this bandsaw for a combination of reasons – price ($580), reviews found on-line and by personal contacts (almost no negative ones found), features. The saw came with a quick tension release, fence and miter. I purchased the riser kit as well. As I just recently pruchased it and have not used it very much this review will focus on set up and initial impressions. The set up was EXTREMELY easy as it was nearly fully...

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Great saw, but I would expect more from the price

Great saw, but I would expect more from the price

12-08-2012 09:36 PM by Cole Tallerman | 12 comments »

Alright so let me start off by saying that I got this saw for free hardly used so for me I couldn’t be happier. If I were to pay the $1200 price tag, I might think twice. I have had this saw for about 2 years and have thrown everything at it including re-sawing 12” ash logs. The saw handled it fine. The bearing guides are nice along with the extended table and carter quick release. There are also multiple features that I do not like about this saw. One is the fence. The fence is ...

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Ridgid BS1400 W/Riser Block

Ridgid BS1400 W/Riser Block

10-28-2012 08:30 PM by MrRon | 8 comments »

Out of the box, I would give it a 2 star rating, but after tweaking it a bit, I was able to raise it to 4 stars. I moved the motor to a position below the saw, made a new belt guard, replaced the blade guides and tires. I got it on clearance from HD; I think I paid around $175. I generally don’t expect 100% satisfaction from any tool I buy, but if there is something I can do to improve it, I will. The only time I will return a tool is when the fault is beyond my ability to fix.

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Not Ridgid Quality

Not Ridgid Quality

10-14-2012 08:50 PM by Dan Corbin | 32 comments »

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Ridgid brand, especially their table saws. I had been looking at a bandsaw from Harbor Freight, but with the Ridgid band saw only $50 more, I thought it was a no-brainer. I really should’ve saved my money for something better…. I was excited to get my new bandsaw home and start cutting up some wood. But from the get-go, this was a bad experience. When the unit finally arrived, the box was in very poor shape. Fortunately, there was e...

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Rockwell Model 28-200 14inch Bandsaw

Rockwell Model 28-200 14inch Bandsaw

09-27-2012 12:29 AM by Crackerjak | 6 comments »

Recently acquired this Bandsaw at an Estate sale for $40. It is missing the top cover, fence bar and the circle metal plate insert. It’s been quite the work horse for resawing Ash wood.

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