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Forum topic by CanisLupus posted 02-06-2017 02:35 PM 2936 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CanisLupus

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02-06-2017 02:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw rikon laguna grizzly 2017

The TL;DR version

It’s time for me to buy a new bandsaw. I’m looking for any feedback on the above bandsaws, their respective companies and experiences from owners.

The longer, more detailed version

The time has come to purchase a bandsaw for my shop. I researched this purchase for a some time (over-analyze, it’s what I do) and up until a few weeks ago, I thought I would be purchasing the Laguna 14bx.

What changed? I found an enormous amount of negative experiences with Laguna. Some feedback was about the product and its value for the money versus competing products but I found significantly more negativity directed at Laguna management, its customer service and post-sale support. Granted, you can’t please everyone but this negative feedback seemed disproportionate to that reported for the other companies, Rikon and Grizzly, being considered.

Grizzly seems to have excellent customer service that will do anything, within reason, to solve problems. Grizzly has been described as built to fit a price point and good value for that price point but not necessarily the best product. Comparing the technical specs, I tend to agree with the latter – number for number they may not have the best number for a given feature. This is not a knock on their products, just an observation.

Laguna seems to have well-designed products. For the most part, owners seems to like their Laguna products. That is until they have a problem or need assistance with first time setup, missing parts, delivery issues, etc.

The come-from-behind candidate that really shocked me is Rikon. Years ago, when I first started building my shop, many people – internet reviews, shop employees, friends, etc – said steer clear of Rikon. And I did. Over a decade later, their 10-326 looks like a formidable competitor to others in the bandsaw market. Their products, after viewing and touching them on the showroom floor, look like something buyers should consider despite previous impressions.

The bandsaw models being considered – Laguna 14bx, Rikon 10-326, Grizzly G0778 and Grizzly G0457 – will be used for the following:

- resaw various species of pine, maple, oak and the occasional exotic I pick up at my a hardwood dealer. A maximum blade width of 3/4” seems like a good idea for resawing.

- cut tapers for furniture applications.

- Freehand designs but not too intricate. Typical uses would include curves, patterns, lawn ornaments – nothing too complicated – so a saw with a minimum blade of 1/4” seems okay.

Additional observations:

- “T” slots for miter guides, accessories, and sleds. It seems like two would be a good idea. Two tracks would allow guides to be used on each side of the blade, instead of a single side. A larger sled / jig could make use of two “T” slots. That said, only the Rikon has two “T” slots; the rest have a single slot.

- The warranty seems like a big difference but maybe, in the day-to-day, year-to-year life it just doesn’t matter all that much. The Rikon includes a 5 year warranty while the others are covered only one year.

- Rikon and Laguna can be found in retail showrooms in my area (Rockler and Woodcraft stores) Grizzly is mail-order or pickup at one of two US facilities, both locations are inconveniently located when you live in the Great Lakes region.

Does one saw jump out as the one I should purchase? The price difference between the low end (Rikon at $1000) and the high end (Laguna at $1300) is not a huge deal. Yes, it’s $300 and a large percentage of the total purchase price but is it a well-spent $300? Do I get some nice fit & finish features for that $300 but will appreciate them only once the tool is used; they don’t translate well onto the product sell sheet?

Should I consider other brands and models? Is there anything completely wrong about my thought process / analysis of the bandsaw buying process?


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jpt1205

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#1 posted 02-23-2017 11:42 AM

I just purchased the Rikon 10-326 a week ago and am very impressed. I had a Jet bandsaw many years ago (can’t remember model), so this is only my second foray into bandsaws, but the top-notch quality and features of the Rikon (as well as the very reasonable price) are what sold me on the Rikon. The tool-less blade guide adjustment system works very well—I changed out the stock blade for a 1/4” timber wolf. I can’t speak for the laguna based on experience, but just based on visual differences at the woodcraft store, the rikon looked to be higher quality. Woodcraft is having a 15% off sale in March, and the store I went to in Virginia Beach honored the sale price early, so that put me over the line… you definitely want to purchase the mobile base ($79). Very happy with my purchase so far!

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jeffk726

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#2 posted 02-23-2017 12:28 PM

I myself am in the band saw market for the first time. Couple points I can offer. The first – I am completing a project which required table leg band saw cuts and used my neighbors Grizzly 17” band saw for the cuts. It worked OK and I don’t think my neighbor had the saw set up perfectly but it was adequate – still required a lot of sanding. Second point is with regards to Laguna customer service. I purchased the 3hp C-Flux dust collector for my Christmas present. I had a slight problem with the assembly instructions. I called Laguna customer service and had to leave a message. I was thinking – great, we will see how long it takes to receive a response. I received a call back within 5 minutes. They told me to take a picture and send it to them, I did this while they stayed on the line. I had a faulty part, they sent it next day air along with something for my trouble. I have zero complaints and was extremely impressed. Impressed enough to make the 14bx my choice for the band saw. Good luck with your choice – just figured I would offer a fresh experience with laguna customer service.

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Putttn

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#3 posted 02-23-2017 01:04 PM

There are a bunch of threads lately on new bandsaws. I’ve narrowed mine down to the 326. For my needs it will work fine and I like a 5 yr warranty plus the other goodies. I almost talked myself up to the 14bx but couldn’t justify the extra money for making small boxes and resawing boards less than 8”

-- Bill eastern Washington Home of beloved ZAGS

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Sawdust35

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#4 posted 02-24-2017 01:11 AM

I have the 14bx 1.75HP model. The features I like are the foot brake, guides are easy to manipulate and blade changes are a snaps. I am very happy with it. Also, I had an issue with a few parts and laguna delivered them in 2 days.
I invested in the mobile base and light. I am very happy with the performance and capacity.

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drudevore

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#5 posted 03-02-2017 07:02 PM

I purchased a 10-326 over the weekend and I am just waiting for it to be delivered. I talked myself down from the Laguna because I just couldn’t justify the extra $400 for my small shop.

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