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Forum topic by Steve Friedman posted 01-10-2010 03:33 AM 1533 views 1 time favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Steve Friedman

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01-10-2010 03:33 AM

I everyone, its been a few months since I joined. I’m looking to purchase a bandsaw and have been exploring options on Craig’s list as well as new direct from vendors.

I found the Rikon 14” saw the other day for $199.00 (sale from about $250) and almost purchased it. The maximum resaw height is less than 5 inches on this saw so I passed. Today I saw some notes that suggest that Rikon and Craftsman saws are made by the same company. Is this correct?

What do youi recommend for a bandsaw? I’m looking for versatility. Fine work like tenon cutting and scroll work, but also some resawing of say 10” tall materials. Right now I’m not looking at budget – I’d like to find the best saw I can, and then I’ll decide if I can purchase.


-- Steve

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#1 posted 01-10-2010 03:43 AM

mine is a 14”rigid with lift kit it works great

-- you must live for something or die for nothing (rambo)

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#2 posted 01-10-2010 03:46 AM

I own the Rikon 14” and love it. It has about 11 or 12” of resaw capacity (can’t remember). It takes up very little floor space, but I can resaw a 1X12 board. Woodworkers Journal named it a “Best Buy” I’ve owned it for a little over 2 years. One of the guide bearings did seize up last year, but I found a set of replacement bearings (6 total) for about $18 on the internet. Now I have a bunch of roller bearings in case something happens. I also replaced the rubber tires last month, but after 2 years of use, I don’t mind doing a little maintenance. You should definitely check it out.

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#3 posted 01-10-2010 04:04 AM

You should look at the Grizzly line of bandsaws they have a saw for just about every budget. Their saws are reliable and their customer service is top notch.

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#4 posted 01-10-2010 04:23 AM

I second WhittleMeThis’s comment. I got a Grizzly G0555 14” bandsaw for xmas after much research on them and couldn’t be happier. It’s got a 1hp motor, bearing guides, quick tension release, a decent fence, and a 6” resaw capacity. And for another $70 I got the riser block and bumped it up to a 12” resaw capacity. I think it runs about $400 plus shipping. It was the best bang for your buck that I found of all the brands.

-- -- Jim - Kokomo, Indiana

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#5 posted 01-10-2010 09:13 AM

It would help if you could describe what you need a band saw for. Cutting curves or re-sawing?
Most basic 14 inch saws will do the curves fine but only the better quality ones with a 1 hp motor would be satisfactory for re-sawing.
As critical as anything else is the quality of the blade. Even a great saw won’t cut well with poor quality blades.

If you are in no hurry watch Craig’s list and other places for a good used saw. Need it soon, I agree with WhittlMe, check out the Grizzly selection (go to their web page) and even there watch for a sale. They seem to rotate their sales from one saw to another every few weeks. I would strongly recommend one of the 17” saws but that may be out of your budget. I just sold my 14” Delta for $400 (15 years old but in great condition) with no problem if that gives you a price reference.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 01-10-2010 09:18 AM

I have an old Rockwell that I have had for going on 10yrs now and I love it. It was built in the 50’s, I rebuilt it and I am sure my kids will still use it when I am gone. All the parts are all common, like all my bearings I just got at Napa and other things are all interchangable with Delta’s. Good luck.

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Steve Friedman

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#7 posted 01-10-2010 06:36 PM

Thanks everyone for the recommendations. I have looked at Grizzly, General, Delta, Jet and others.

LesB asked a very fair question. I am planning to use the saw for a variety of purposes rather than a single use saw. Furniture building will be one of the uses. Craftsman style with lots of tenons to cut. I also do some lathe work and collect wood from the street and backyards. Mostly downed trees that require some preparation before the pieces can be turned on the lathe. Small boxes will also be an occasional activity.

Most of these projects are straight forward activities. For the real creative side, I’m taken with guitars and mandolins. Re-sawing will come in handy when I have to cut the instrument back, top, and sides to fit the forms.

Perhaps, what I’m describing is a very large hobby interest. But what the heck, what is free time for. Truthfully, I’m hoping to find one for less than $700 to $800. A wide variety of saws are certainly within this price range.


-- Steve

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#8 posted 01-10-2010 07:08 PM

I think the Ridgid Bandsaw is the same saw as the Grizzly G0555, as well as one of the Jet 14” models. So, with that being said, I have read quite a bit about some folks using riser kits from any of these to fit their saws…

For myself, I own the Ridgid and it has done well, I do not have the riser yet, but I have resawn up to it’s 6” capacity and it has done really well. I replaced the standard blade with a 1/2” timberwolf recently, and the true potential for this saw is now realized for me.

I would recommend any of these, as they go on sale every so often… I actually saw the Ridgid on craigslist here about a month ago for $50 and it was lightly used. Definitely buy a new blade with whatever you buy. They are cheap and you will not be disappointed.

-- San Diego, CA



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#9 posted 01-10-2010 07:18 PM

I have the Grizzly G0555X 14 inch bandsaw which I purchased three years ago and have not regretted it one bit. I have read a lot of positive reviews about this saw and it is a work horse. I never encounted any problems with it.


-- never enough time in a day so use it well

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