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02-15-2017 09:26 PM

So I want to purchase a new bandsaw. I really want go get the Rikon 10-326, unfortunately at my local retail store all they have in stock is the Rikon 10-324.

Rikon 10-324
Does not have the cast iron wheels nor trunion.
It doesn’t include the tool less ball bearing blade guides.
You can only use the fence on 1 side of the blade
Doesn’t have closed stand for storage

All of the above is Included in the 10-326 model all for $200 bucks more.

I’ve checked other retail places like amazon, which has free shipping, but out of stock for 2 months. Everywhere else I’ve checked charges $ 150+ shipping (which I prefer not to do)

Don’t get me wrong the 10-324 has alot of great features like 13” resaw capacity and a bunch more, but is it worth it to save the $200 and get the 10-324 now or wait 2 months for the 10-326 for $200 more?

Unfortunately I’m the kind of guy who wants things now (right away) I just don’t want to lose out by being impatient.
What do you guys think?

Or Is there any other good bandsaws you recommended in the $800 to $1000. Price range?

Rikon 10-324

Rikon 10-326

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion


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Tennessee

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#1 posted 02-15-2017 09:33 PM

Grizzly G0513 series, although a bit more, are horses of saws. I own the one with the electric brake and have had nothing but great service for four years now.
The Powermatic 14” with the riser block, bringing the blade to 105” is my other saw. This also is a horse of a saw, but not quite as heavy duty as the Grizz.

I also had the Rikon blues on the 326 when I bought my Powermatic. Can’t find the damn thing. Now, I am in love with my Powermatic and my Grizzly G0513X2BF is reserved for resawing only. My Powermatic does everything else in the shop, including small resawing.
Both great saws. I forgot all about Rikon when I got my PM…

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#2 posted 02-15-2017 09:47 PM

You can find the Laguna 14-12 on sale for less than $1000. It’s an excellent bandsaw.

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#3 posted 02-15-2017 09:57 PM

Two months will fly by. The 326 is worth the wait.

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#4 posted 02-15-2017 10:12 PM



Two months will fly by. The 326 is worth the wait.

- 6744

+1. 326 looks to be a great tool from a great company. Love my 10-340.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#5 posted 02-15-2017 11:44 PM

You don’t say where you live but I can have a 10-326 delivered to my house for $899 plus $122 freight from Highland Woodworking in Atlanta. They are having a sale on them right now. They seem to have plenty of them.

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#6 posted 02-16-2017 12:05 AM

Check with Circle Saw in Houston.

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#7 posted 02-16-2017 01:11 AM



You don t say where you live but I can have a 10-326 delivered to my house for $899 plus $122 freight from Highland Woodworking in Atlanta. They are having a sale on them right now. They seem to have plenty of them.

- ArtMann

I already noticed that sale for $100 off. I was so excited, went to check out. To find out its a $250 lift gate/ shipping charge.

That’s a great deal if you live close to Atlanta

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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#8 posted 02-16-2017 01:20 AM

Has anyone heard of Performance Tool Center.com they have the rikon 10-326 for $950 + $50 shipping/ lift gate service.

Has anyone bought anything from this site before?

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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#9 posted 02-16-2017 01:27 PM



You can find the Laguna 14-12 on sale for less than $1000. It s an excellent bandsaw.

- brtech

+1. Just bought one and I believe Woodcraft has a sale on Laguna right now.

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#10 posted 02-16-2017 01:52 PM

I would not recommend buying a “lesser” saw than you want, so I say wait and get the preferred unit.

I did this very evaluation in the last 3 months, and got the 10-326. If you poke through the list of my posts you can find all that discussion here on LJ. I’m sure the bandsaw question has been asked many times, but I am saying my posts and the replies are current.

Circle Saw in Houston, a long-standing, family business held in high regard, has the 10-326 priced at $866.25. If you call them a nice person will answer and talk you through all the decisions and tell you about shipping options. Being local, I just paid them $75 to bring it to my house and unload it using a lift-gate pickup, and roll it into the shop on a large dolly. Here:
http://www.circlesaw.com/bandsaws/rikon-10-326-14-deluxe-bandsaw/

Good Luck to you.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#11 posted 02-16-2017 09:53 PM



I would not recommend buying a “lesser” saw than you want, so I say wait and get the preferred unit.

I did this very evaluation in the last 3 months, and got the 10-326. If you poke through the list of my posts you can find all that discussion here on LJ. I m sure the bandsaw question has been asked many times, but I am saying my posts and the replies are current.

Circle Saw in Houston, a long-standing, family business held in high regard, has the 10-326 priced at $866.25. If you call them a nice person will answer and talk you through all the decisions and tell you about shipping options. Being local, I just paid them $75 to bring it to my house and unload it using a lift-gate pickup, and roll it into the shop on a large dolly. Here:
http://www.circlesaw.com/bandsaws/rikon-10-326-14-deluxe-bandsaw/

Good Luck to you.

- jimintx

Thanks after this thread, I’m definitely not going to get the Rikon10-324. I guess the question is now, should I get the Rikon 10-326 or Laguna 14/12 lol

How do you like your 10-326?

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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#12 posted 02-17-2017 01:29 AM

I have been really happy with my Laguna 14/12. I have not compared the performance of the two but the fit and finish on the Laguna is a little better. I saw both at a Woodcraft store.

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#13 posted 02-17-2017 03:48 AM


Thanks after this thread, I m definitely not going to get the Rikon10-324. I guess the question is now, should I get the Rikon 10-326 or Laguna 14/12 lol

How do you like your 10-326?
- trevor7428

Trevor, after about a week of use, the only answer is that I totally love the 10-326. I find it smooth, quiet (relatively), and superbly powerful. I like how all the controls work, no issues with any of it.

I determined that the Laguna 14/12 is essentially a direct competitor, and I think it is also a great saw. I discount the comments that the fit and finish is better than that of Rikon. I must have personally inspected at half a dozen examples of each brand, plus a few Jet branded saws, and I cannot in any way say that one has better fit and finish than the others.

I think you can find both the 14/12 and the 10-326 within $100 of each other, and that makes them essentially the same for a “thousand dollar” tool that I intend to use for 15 years or more. In my case, I was able to get the 10-326 for about $140 less than I could find the 14/12, when I compared the total cost of the machine sitting in my shop. I also compared the Laguna 14BX, and I think it is a great saw but adds another circa $300-350, and for that you get a footbrake added. I didn’t feel I could justify the footbrake for that price increment.

I like the way all the controls work on the Rikon, particularly the adjustments available on the fence system, which I also think is well thought out.

I really appreciate that the base of the 10-326 is set up as a storage cabinet, and not simply wasted.

And importantly, the 10-326 has a new, super-easy-to-adjust bearing system for both upper and lower guide bearings. You can find many people that prefer the bearings to the ceramic guides found on the Lagunas, and vice versa. After a lifetime of working with various forms of machinery, the use of bearings personally appeals to me more than the ceramic blocks, however I have no personal experience with the Laguna guides and I would be confident they are fine, and do not change the saw’s performance.

Further, I am very appreciative of the new bearing guide adjustment system on the Rikon. The ease of use makes me much more willing to readily change blades, rather than just trying to use whatever blade is on the saw at the time I want to make a quick cut or two.

One thing I’d say for sure:
Having one of these modern, larger capacity, powerful band saws in your shop will be great fun, and a pleasure to add to your sawdust making arsenal.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#14 posted 02-21-2017 09:55 PM



I would not recommend buying a “lesser” saw than you want, so I say wait and get the preferred unit.

I did this very evaluation in the last 3 months, and got the 10-326. If you poke through the list of my posts you can find all that discussion here on LJ. I m sure the bandsaw question has been asked many times, but I am saying my posts and the replies are current.

Circle Saw in Houston, a long-standing, family business held in high regard, has the 10-326 priced at $866.25. If you call them a nice person will answer and talk you through all the decisions and tell you about shipping options. Being local, I just paid them $75 to bring it to my house and unload it using a lift-gate pickup, and roll it into the shop on a large dolly. Here:
http://www.circlesaw.com/bandsaws/rikon-10-326-14-deluxe-bandsaw/

Good Luck to you.

- jimintx

I got really excited when i saw the price for the 10-326. I tried to purchase it, but unfortunaltey want $350 for shipping :( your so luckly you live locally. you got a killer deal

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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#15 posted 02-22-2017 01:24 AM

Woodcraft is having a Rikon sale March 10th – 20th. 15% off all Rikon tools and accessories. I just got the flyer in the mail today.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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