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Forum topic by Eagle1 posted 06-02-2010 12:19 AM 1808 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-02-2010 12:19 AM

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The other day I posted what you all thought about the grizzly G0513×2 bandsaw. Well now I want to know what your thoughts are one the Rikon 10-325. Your imput would be very apperciated..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#1 posted 06-02-2010 12:22 AM

I have the 10-325 Deluxe Rikon and love the bandsaw! I can cut slices with this saw so thin that light passes through them! Great saw!

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

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#2 posted 06-02-2010 12:27 AM

I have researched a lot, and while I do not have any experience with either the Rikon or Grizzly, I do believe the Rikon is of higher quality than the Grizzly. I dream of the day in the future when we add the Rikon to our equipment inventory. I have rarely had a need for much resawing so the Rikon is sort of low on our priority list right now.

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#3 posted 06-02-2010 12:38 AM

I’ve heard good reviews on both.

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#4 posted 06-02-2010 01:10 AM

I have the Rikon 10-325 (since March 13th), my first ever bandsaw and the first time touching a bandsaw in earnest in 20 …er 30 something years (since grade school anyway :-). I used it for installing oak flooring in our house (far superior to the CMS for some of the cuts), re-sawing planks for my never-ending bathroom project and doing some freehand experimenting with cutting wood. I purchased the Rikon based on reviews I hread here and two inspection trips to Winnipeg. I used a Delta 14” saw one afternoon ( a friend has this saw and offered me the use of it one afternoon for the plank re-saw exercise) and there is no comparison between the two, the Rikon has a large table to work on, a larger motor and a larger re-saw capability (even with the Delta’s riser block). I really like this saw and had a hard time choosing between it and the Grizzly…if Grizzly shipped into Canada I would probably have bought the Griz. ...having said that I think I now prefer the Rikon. The only gremlin I have had is that the blade guide when set fully down, as for a thin board, and then raised, as for re-sawing, is out of line and hits the top wheel. I just noticed this last weekend and haven’t tried to rectify it yet so I don’t know if it is a major fix or just a loose screw somewhere that I neglected to tighten when I assembled it. It just takes a quick twitch of the guide to bring it back into alignment so it is not a major impediment.


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#5 posted 06-02-2010 02:05 AM

I’ve had mine for 2 years and I’m very pleased with it. My only complaint is with the tension indicator; it was bent when I got the saw and never really fit right. It could probably be fairly easily fixed, but tensioning by feel works just fine.

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#6 posted 06-02-2010 02:35 AM

The Rikon is on sell at WC for $699 The grizzly is on sale for $895. The grizzly comes with a bigger resaw fence than the rikon. The Grizzly has a bigger motor 2 vs 1 1/2. I’m going to check out the table tilt mech under it. I think the grizzly is heavier built. WC is closer and it is instock so no shipping. Grizzly is in Missouri, os only need to make a day trip to get it they have them in stock.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#7 posted 06-03-2010 06:38 PM

Well, after much research and examining what each saw will do AND a good hard look at my wallet; I’m picking-up the 10-325 Rikon that I purchased over-the-phone from a WC store in Tucson. It is on sale and no shipping as previously stated by Eagle1. This BS is way better than my old little Craftsman. Hope I can really get to use it on making mesquite planks and veneer. Will let ya’ll know.

-- CPT Bill - No matter how many times I cut still comes up short !

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#8 posted 06-04-2010 10:44 AM

Well I think that I have made my mind up. I’m going to go with the Grizzly. I looked at them both, I mainthing that I like, is that the Grizzly seems to be built sturdier. I like the tilt bracket for the table, it seems heavier. And I have started buying equipment that will last me a lot longer. Hopefully also pass it down to someone..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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