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Forum topic by MOJOE posted 01-19-2010 05:55 AM 968 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MOJOE

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01-19-2010 05:55 AM

I am considering the purchase of a 14 inch band saw. I have read a million favorable reviews about the G0555 by Grizzly, but am wondering about the Delta 28-276. It seems the older reviews and not great, but the more recent one’s seem to indicate that some quality issues have been addresses. Basically, I am a weekend warrior. I will do some curve cutting and probably some minor resawing…..I would also probably look into buying the riser block to extend the resaw capacity for bookmatched panels. Here is my issue, I assume based on reviews that the Grizzly saw is of better quality, however, the Delta saw is more accessable. Would it be worth jumping through a few more hoops to get the Grizz, or is the Delta saw adequate for my needs.
Thanks in advance,
Joe

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!


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Taigert

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#1 posted 01-19-2010 08:59 AM

Mojoe,
Take a good look at the Rikon 14” Deluxe band saw. That is what I have and it is great, I have had no complaints about the saw at all.
I just read a forum here a hour ago on LJ’s about cutting old barn Beams, check it out the LJ that posted the forum upgraded his Delta and still couldn’t cut them. A LJ with a Rikon had no problem cutting the beams with his Rikon. I have been using mine for resawing old barn beams for one of my customers. www.sadlumber.com
I know you wont regret buying the Rikon, plus you don’t need to buy and install a riser block. I have nearly 14” resaw capacity stock. The only change I made for cutting these monster beams is the blade.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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Taigert

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#2 posted 01-19-2010 10:08 AM

Mojoe hee is the saw I have with a couple of the beams
14 in Rikon Deluxe
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-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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Skylark53

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#3 posted 01-19-2010 11:25 AM

I bought a 14” Delta in 2002 and went ahead and bought the extension upgrade for it. I don’t recall what the motor size is, but I was not able to use the extension-it just wouldn’t cut. Generally it does everything else I call on it to do. I use it nearly everytime I’m in the shop-4 to 7 days a week 30 min. to 3 hours per visit. If the budget allowed and I had it to do over, I would go for a better saw.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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MOJOE

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#4 posted 01-19-2010 03:04 PM

Thanks for the advise folks. Taigert, I have really thought about the Rikon, but I will do some research. From the pic, it looks to be pretty nice.
joe

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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Kindlingmaker

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#5 posted 01-19-2010 05:32 PM

I too have the Rikon 14” Deluxe and in the past two years it has performed great even better than expected.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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