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Forum topic by John146 posted 04-17-2017 04:25 PM 1782 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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John146

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04-17-2017 04:25 PM

I’m trying to determine whether to buy this bandsaw. There seems to be very little information on it, but I have a chance to buy one new for $600 (plus tax). It normally goes for $700+

There are lots of reviews about the 10-325 and its successor, the 10-326, and those reviews seem positive. Likewise, there are lots of reviews about the 10-321 and its Craftsman clone – and those reviews seem rather lukewarm.

The 10-324 has a 13” resaw capacity like the 10-325. The 10-321 only has an 8” capacity (but in reality, 8” is enough for me I think.. but it might be one of those cases where i’ll wish I had a more capacity very soon)..

The 10-324 has a 1.5HP motor. The 10-325 has a 1.75 HP, and the 10-321 has a 1HP.

The 10-324 seems to have aluminum wheels (looking at reviews) and I’m not sure about the trunnions. I didn’t pay attention to them in the store (will give another look today or tomorrow).

At $600+tax, is this a good price for the bandsaw? is this considered an ‘entry level’ or ‘mid level’ bandsaw (i.e. will I see myself needing to resell this a year later for a better model). Would I do better waiting for a used one on CL (they hover at around $300, but likely missing fence, needing new tires, long drive to see it, etc.)?

What would the resell value of the 10-324 be should I need to get a bigger bandsaw (assuming it’s in good working condition etc.)?

I intend to be using this for resawing and general purpose cutting work. I’ve said “I need a bandsaw” in my shop more times than I can count.

-- John 14:6


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John146

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#1 posted 04-19-2017 03:43 PM

So I went ahead and bought it. From all the research I saw, it seemed to be too good a deal to pass up on. I’ll post a review and/or more info when I get it set up.

-- John 14:6

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#2 posted 04-19-2017 04:52 PM

Congrats! should be a good saw. I have the 10-325 and it does just fine. Doubt you will need to upgrade anytime too soon. a 1.5HP motor should be able to handle most tasks. Enjoy…

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#3 posted 04-19-2017 07:07 PM


...[snip]...
I intend to be using this for resawing and general purpose cutting work. I ve said “I need a bandsaw” in my shop more times than I can count.
- John146

I have had the 14in Rikon 10-325 for several years and it’s great for re-sawing. For me, I just hate the time it takes to swap out my 3/4in blade for a smaller 3/8—1/4in. So what did I do…?

I bought the 10-305 10in bandsaw for for the general cutting of small parts and such. I no longer have to swap out blades and I am really surprised how much I find myself using the 10in BS. I have easily paid for the 14in through resawing 8/4 and 12/4 lumber many times over.

IMO, is the 10-326 with the tool-less blade adjusters would be the best of the 14in BSs. Starting with the 14in would be best IMO, if you are serious about mostly doing resawing. The smaller 10in is great for the smaller cuts and curves. Personally, I think the 10in controls the narrower blades better. I am now spolied, having both… ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 04-19-2017 10:42 PM

So far so good with it. It’s mostly set up. I can’t seem to lower the trunnions enough to square the table with the blade’s back, and the micro adjustment screws are placed in a really odd location – I’m guessing 1/16th or so over 6” is not horrible.

However, it was fairly simple setting up the fence and squaring the table to the side of the blade (which is what I think really counts).

I’ve already tried to do some test resaws… I need to decide which blade(s) I want to get with it.

-- John 14:6

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