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Forum topic by cFurnitureGuy posted 02-27-2010 03:01 AM 1456 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-27-2010 03:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw rikon grizzly woodcraft carter blade new tools

so i think i am going to take the plunge tomorrow and buy a bandsaw! I have been doing all the back and forth comparisions online and for me it came down to the Rikon 14” Deluxe or a Grizzly G0555X. After consideration of every model i could find in my price point (under $900) i think the best fit for me is the Rikon 14” Deluxe! The Rikon i can get at Woodcraft (10mins from home) this weekend for 10% off! which puts it around 719.00…. that leaves me room to add a new blade and Carter Stabilizer and i dont have to pay for shipping! The Grizzly i would have to add the 6” extension, new blade, new guides, and SHIPPING! the shipping is what kills it for me! I have read all the review on LJ among other sites and it seems the current trend it to go with Grizzly… which i can agree that they make a great product and i would buy the Grizz hands down but right now the Rikon seems to be a better fit for me…. one thing i have to consider as well is the most motor for that i can run on 115v. i live in a condo and cannot change or add any new breakers or wiring :( boo!! so, heres my question…. if i dont get cold feet, is the Carter Guide #412819 Woodcraft the one to buy? and what is the best blades to buy at Woodcraft? which resaw blade? which general blade? thanks for an help or advice!!!

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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#1 posted 02-27-2010 03:17 AM

I’m jealous. I’ve been lusting after one of the Rikons for a while now. Unfortunately, there is no longer a Woodcraft store within driving distance since the Mobile store closed. The shipping has also been the thing holding me off and will likely force me to eventually order mine through Amazon…if only I could convince them to have a 10% off sale as well. Anyway, congrats on the cool new saw.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#2 posted 02-27-2010 03:33 AM

congrats on the new saw… your prob doing the best thing for now…over all with shipping and the 10 %.....good luck and enjoy…will look for some band saw boxes…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 02-27-2010 05:17 AM

Remember Grizzly is just a Few hours away from st. Louis.

-- St. Louis - just a cut away from finishing!

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#4 posted 02-27-2010 08:14 AM

Great saw. I have had mine for a few weeks so far and haven’t had any major issues. I would recommend it to anyone. I know Pat had an issue with his lower wheel adjustment but I didn’t have any problems. The only real issue I had was the blade ran a little forward on the lower wheel but this is easily adjusted. Just be sure to pay attention when putting the bottom on the stand. Apparently the holes are not symmetrically spaced on the bottom (by design but not mentioned in the instructions) and if you put it on the wrong way it is offset by about 1inch too far forward. (see JJohnstons post near bottom). I didn’t notice until it was pointed out to me but I really haven’t had any issues with the way it is. I just wanted to let you know so you can do it right the first time.

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#5 posted 02-27-2010 08:33 AM

You may be looking for a “better” band saw then what Lowe’s has, but they are discontinuing the Delta 28-276 14 inch 3/4 HP open stand band saw. My Lowe’s has it for $200. Add a riser block, Carter guides and you could save some money. If it is what you want.

Thought I would let you know, I just ran across this tonight ( Friday night, 2/27/2010 ) at Lowe’s here in the DFW area.


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#6 posted 02-27-2010 01:46 PM

I’d get the grizzly, their service is great. I read about someone that couldn’t decide what machine to purchase. He ended up calling Grizzly and was given a discount. You may find they are willing to deal to get a sale. In fact Grizzly often has free freight on select items. Good luck with your big decision they’re both great saws.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#7 posted 02-27-2010 06:41 PM

thanks everyone for thier feedback!
i considered driving to springfield to Grizzlzy and buying the saw but then i have the cost of gas and everything for a 6hr round trip… also if i bought the grizzly i would have to add the riser block and i didnt want to worry about alignment and twisting…. where as the Rikon is the about the same price ready to run!

i will look into the new blades recommended and take a look at the links everyone provided…. i wil also keep you posted on the results!

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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