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02-02-2010 10:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw riser block grizzly jet

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I am in the market for a bandsaw. I am looking at the 14” models like the Grizzly’s, Jet’s & Deltas with riser blocks mainly because I need to cut some back splats for dining chairs that are 8” wide – so they will effectively be resawed in order to get the correct curve. Anyway, I have also looked at saws like the Jet 14DXPRO which is a 14” with 12” or so resaw and no riser blocks.

I’ve read this & that about riser blocks, flexing etc. Do they really flex that much to affect performance? I don’t expect to do tremendous amounts of resawing, and I’d love to have a larger Laguna, but it is simply not possible financially right now.



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#1 posted 02-02-2010 10:37 PM

I have 2 14” bandsaws, both with riser blocks. I didn’t notice any difference after adding them.
A Delta and Steel City. Good riser blocks on both.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-02-2010 10:38 PM


The Rikon 10-325 Deluxe 14” bandsaw will resaw up to about 13” without riser blocks. I have one and it is great!

Give it a look.

Good luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#3 posted 02-02-2010 10:44 PM

I had a jet 14” with a riser block and noticed no difference in it’s sawing capabilities. I now have a 17” without a riser, which I purchased because I needed the additional HP and capacity.

The riser blocks for the jet were very well made and sturdy. If you select another brand, I would just make sure to take a look at how the riser is put together to insure it is not a cheap “POS” made without quality controls.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#4 posted 02-02-2010 10:45 PM

I have a riser block on my Grizzly G0555X. I noticed no difference, but I sure needed that extra capacity!

-- Dylan Vanderhoof - General hobbiest and reluctant penmaker.

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#5 posted 02-02-2010 11:27 PM

I’m in a similar position and am zeroing in on the Rikon 10-325. What I’ve come across suggests the welded steel frame is better than the cast iron with riser block. Plus this Rikon has a 13” resaw capability. On the Rikon website, there is a 16” model due to be available this quarter. Apparently, the 16” models have less blade drift, and the thicker blades can be used without breaking. Hope this helps.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 02-02-2010 11:58 PM

I have a Central Machinery (Harbor Freight) 14” band saw with riser block, no flex here… I can’t imagine if the block is installed correctly that you could flex the frame without breaking either the blade, or the tensioner / adjusting assembly… Only thing I can think about those that cry about flexing is that they don’t know how to tighten a bolt…

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#7 posted 02-03-2010 01:10 AM

I find it impossible for my JET riser block to even think about “flexing” is cast iron and has a 3/4” bolt running through it !! The rest of the frame is also cast.

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#8 posted 02-03-2010 01:14 AM

I know of others that have the Rikon and all say they are great saws. If I ever replace my Ridgid, it will be with a Rikon

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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