Laguna 14/12 vs Rikon 10-325 vs $$$

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Forum topic by fullbugg posted 09-28-2015 07:29 PM 701 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-28-2015 07:29 PM

Hello All,

I have recently begun my journey back to woodworking after a 30 year hiatus and am acquiring some tools to start. I have read a ton of reviews on the Laguna 14/12 and the Rikon 10-325 and have some mixed thoughts on both. At this time my local Woodcraft has both on sale, the Laguna is $987.00 and the Rikon is $699.99. I like the Laguna, but is it worth the nearly $300.00 difference? Your input is appreciated.


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#1 posted 09-28-2015 08:28 PM

I just bought the 325 about 6 months ago and am well pleased. The Laguna saw might be a better saw in my opinion but ii think your decision depends on what type of use you have in mind.

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#2 posted 09-28-2015 10:26 PM


........ but is it worth the nearly $300.00 difference?.........

- fullbugg

NO. the 10-325 is a very well regarded tool and i can’t say enough about the support from Rikon.

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#3 posted 09-28-2015 10:36 PM

I went through a similiar dilemma and ended up with the Rikon. I’m no bandsaw expert and cannot speak on behalf of the Laguna but I’m happy with the Rikon, she purrs. Among other things, the 5 year warranty and price difference helped seal the deal for me.

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#4 posted 09-29-2015 12:22 AM

Thanks for the input. I have heard good things about the Rikon and lets face it, the price is right! I am going to be doing a fair amount of re-sawing with it. Has anyone had any issues with blade deflection?

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#5 posted 09-29-2015 01:04 AM

Just curious, have you looked at CL for any used higher-end saws nearby? If you are doing a lot of resawing you will want more power than either of those.

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