Grizzly 513x2 vs. Rikon 18"

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Forum topic by sharpendww posted 10-27-2010 10:35 PM 3179 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-27-2010 10:35 PM

I’ve read a lot of discussion on these two machines and the consensus seems to be that they’re both great machines. I was set to order the Grizzly but then a woodcraft flyer showed up advertising the Rikon on sale for roughly the same price. Can anyone tell me why I should favor one over the other? Is the Rikon really $400 (according to the flyer) more saw than the Grizzly?

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#1 posted 10-28-2010 01:28 PM

I looked hard at both of them. I ended getting the Grizzly. It looked like it was better built and heaver. I would suggest if possible look at both of them in person. If not i’m sure there are a few posts on here about both of them. I dont think that the Rikon resaw fence is that good, it’s not very high. If you plan of resawing thick wood. I got the deluxe resaw fence with mine it was included with it. It also can handle 1” blade also. I will tell you though it is a very heavy saw, and I would get a better blade for it which ever one you get the factory blades aren’t that good. The best thing that I liked about it was that the trunnion is cast iron the Rikon is cast alluniom.

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

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#2 posted 11-20-2010 03:29 AM

I was going to get a Grizzly but for the following reasons, I chose the Rikon (should have it on Monday)

1. I couldn’t put my hands on it or physically look at one unless I traveled to MO.
2. I tried to order one online and the website malfunctioned.
3. I called “customer service” and they were idiots!
4. They finally talked me into ordering one and THEN they tell me it is on back order till the end of December!!

THAT is why I opted for the Rikon.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#3 posted 11-20-2010 03:58 AM

Them and Delta must all be in the same Indian Sweat Shop….

In Indian Voice”Oh.. you want Grizzly 513.. x2? You wan (times) 2… (Customer Corrects them)...oh I see… you want Griz 513 and your name is [Tine-U]... I see… (Customer angerly yells at them)... Oh sotty… I put in order right away! Griz 514×2… Have a nice day..”

This is why I hate big companies…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#4 posted 11-20-2010 04:42 AM

Same story here. Placed an order for the grizzly, two days later got the “not until first of year” response. Went back and forth with their customer service a few times and in the end canceled my order and went with the rikon. I think it arrived at my door a week later. Also, shipping was $125 but included lift gate service and the driver was awesome. The saw is way nicer than the 9” ryobi I was using but still figuring things out and getting used to it. Not sure if it was on this forum but saw another person had been waiting since August for the grizzly.

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#5 posted 12-15-2010 05:20 PM

Rikon by far less hassle if there is a problem. Rikon understands their tools as they use them. Love my 10-325 and midi lathe

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#6 posted 12-15-2010 05:23 PM

In my research, I found that ALL band saws are made in Tawian.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#7 posted 12-16-2010 05:44 AM

After reading this thread, I called my closest Woodcraft store today to see if the Rikon might be on sale. My first choice is a 19” Grizzly but thought I should at least consider it since the pricing is similar. Of course, it is not on sale now.

They had a floor model and I asked the salesperson to see if he could find a tag identifying where it was made. He did and said it was China. I think you are mostly correct, Cozmo, about bandsaws being in Taiwan as all the brands the brands that I have considered and can afford are made in Taiwan. Maybe Rikon is the exception.

-- JimT

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