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Forum topic by Kerry Drake posted 02-17-2010 09:00 PM 2380 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kerry Drake

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02-17-2010 09:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: band saw tools choose 14 bandsaw


In anticipation of my upcoming tax return I am doing some research on my next tool… a 14” Bandsaw. I would appreciate any input you guys (and gals) may have on my decision process and any insights you may have with particular saws.

Currently these saws started on my list but are now out of contention:

Jet JWBS-14OS – Nothing really wrong with saw, but at 3/4 HP, aluminum wheels and $549 without a fence there is nothing real enticing about it either.

Jet JWBS-14CS – While this does have a slightly larger table than 1/2 the pack, and it is 1HP, it is 599 without a fence and that makes it one of the priciest models after you include a fence.

Rigid BS1400 – This unit does have a 13 5/8 throat which is a tad bigger than you would expect in this size bandsaw, and it was the 3rd least expensive in the group, but it is just 3/4 HP, aluminum wheels, and everything I read about it says it vibrates like a sex toy. This kind of bumbed me out as I have a Rigid Table Saw and I love it, and like brand loyalty when I can.

Delta 28-276 – The Delta tied for 2nd best in throat size at 13 3/4”, had a 6 1/4” resaw, a good size table at 16” x 16”, but also suffered from the 3/4 HP demon, and at $549 without a fence, just didn’t make the cut.

Harbor Freight 33208-2VGA – No surprise the Harbor Freight was the least expensive at $339, but also had the least amount of information. Can you add a riser block?, What are the wheels made of (at $339, I’m hoping they are Cast Aluminum, but who knows), how many Horse Power is it? Interesting to note it had the deepest Throat of anything on my list at 14”.

Powermatic PWBS-14CS – A really nice looking saw with good specs, but at $1069 it came in WAY at the top of list in price and it is outside my budget. (Sorry Marc)

The middle of the pack is next (as far as my scoring goes), and it includes a couple saws that really interest me.

Rikon 10-320Rikon 10-320 – Good throat (13 5/8”), big table (16” x 20 1/2”), 1 HP. If it came with a fence it would be right at the top of the list at $549, aluminum wheels and all. Too bad it doesn’t.

Grizzly G0580Grizzly G0580 – Standard thoat (13 1/2”), 6 1/4” Resaw, Standard Table (14” x 14”). It is only 3/4HP, but it DOES come with a fence and it is 2nd cheapest at $395.00.

Grizzly G0555Grizzly G0555 – Take the G0580 and boost it to 1 HP and make it $450.00 with a fence. Add in good reviews and I am leaning towards this saw.

Shop Fox 1706Shop Fox W1706 – Everything about this saw is pretty standard, but it the first saw on the list with Cast Iron wheels. With 1 HP, good reviews, and included fence at $540 this could be a contneder.

Rikon 10-315Rikon 10-315WAIT A MINUTE, this is only a 12” bandsaw, what’s it doing on this list? Well, it does have only a 12” throat, but I’m really just a “serious hobbist” and that is probably enough for me. While it will not take a riser block, it will resaw up to 7 1/2” out of the box, had a huge table a 18 7/8” x 15 3/4”, uses cast iron wheels, and is a full 1 HP. It also comes with a very nice fence. List price at $699 puts it at the top of the list (Woodcraft said they could get to me for $630). My only problem here is the saw has only been on the market for like 3 months. NO reviews could I find.

By my scoring system, the next three made “top of the pack”, but then again I don’t really know what I’m doing.

Grizzly G0555xGrizzly G0555X – Take the G0555, add a bigger table (20 1/2” x 14”), add another 1/2 HP (for a total of 1 1/2), and, oh yea, add $245 to the price ($695). I can’t see spending the extra money for basically a bigger table. For ME, I don’t think the extra 1/2 horse is worth it.

Steel City 50-125Steel City 50130 – A whole different beast. 13 3/4 throat (tied for 2nd biggest in the list), a mammoth 12” resaw capability (by far the most of anything in the list), a 16” x 16” granite table. It has one Cast Iron wheel and one Granite Wheel. It comes with a fence, a mobile base (the only one on the list), is 1 1/2 horsepower. At $699 its high on list when it comes to price, but packs a lot of features. Its more than I want to pay, but might be worth it.

Craftsman Craftsman 22401 – This one floored me with how well it did on my ranking system. Good size throat (13 5/8”), good resaw (8”), good table (20 3/8” x 15 3/4”), cast iron wheels, included fence, 1HP motor. All for $559. This is makeing me take a second look at it.

So, what’s the communities opinion? What should I get? Do I have this dead wrong? Is there some glaring ommision from list? What do you have and love? What do you have and hate?

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH,

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#1 posted 02-18-2010 12:55 AM

Kerry, these are all pretty good saws and I have always been impressed with the quality of Grizzly’s tools and their customer service. At this level you should be getting a pretty good saw for the money. As far as your list goes I have the Powermatic and it is all the saw that I need.

I would not recommend one saw over another except to say that the one piece of advice that I have always tried to follow when it comes to buying a major power tool is to spend the most money on the tool that my budget will allow. The times that I have let price alone determine a buy I have invariably come to regret it later.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-18-2010 01:07 AM


Take a look at the Rikon 10-325 Deluxe BS. It has 13” resaw capacity w/o riser blocks. I have one and don’t know of anyone unhappy with their selection of this tool.

Good Luck!

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

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#3 posted 02-18-2010 01:09 AM

Rikon, Grizzlly both get good reviews

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#4 posted 02-18-2010 01:11 AM

I’m getting the rikon bandsaw with my taxes too. 14” model with 13” resaw cap. 1-1/2HP.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 02-18-2010 01:28 AM

Nice saws.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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#6 posted 02-18-2010 01:31 AM

If you’re doing a lot of resawing I’d place more emphasis on cast iron wheels or a stronger motor, and the cost of buying an additional riser block and blade vs buying a European frame BS instead. Also not having a factory fence may not be a bad thing; if that means the saw cost less you can use the saving and spend $100 to buy a much better Kreg fence. Another thing to consider is if quick tension release is important to you. Tabletop size would be less important to me than whether the trunnions are heavy duty; cast iron is much better than aluminum, and should have 2 not 1. A worktop can always be added later if a larger table is needed.

-- Ed

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#7 posted 02-18-2010 02:25 AM

okay…speaking of taxes….I’m only 22 and I’m CLUELESS. I’ve always gotten money back but I notice theres people like my grandmother who always have to play a huge amount back….why do you pay back and when do you know you’re going to?

-- M.K.

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