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04-29-2017 01:45 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw rikon

Has anyone come across a good comparison between Rikon’s 10-324 and 10-326 band saws? I’m in the market for my first band saw and after having the self-control to keep myself from snatching an older HF 14” saw for $50, I’m settling on getting a new Rikon. I’ve run the comparisons against Grizzly’s G0555LX and I find that the value proposition falls into the Rikon camp once you start talking about adding in the riser kit.

Living in Virginia (i.e. humidity) and having to share my workshop with the cars, would I be off in thinking that the 324’s aluminum wheels could be a benefit?

How significant do people feel moving from 1.5HP to 1.75HP? Both saws are listed as having 14/7A motors

How significant is the fence improvement between the 324 and 326? Do either of them stand up to what’s available from third-party aftermarket upgrades?

Should I be concerned about the trunnions on the 324, given that they’re not cast iron?

Many thanks,
Rob


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#1 posted 04-29-2017 05:19 AM

Rikon 10-324 vs Rikon 10-326

Rikon also has the 10-326 model. I didn’t even look at this saw, to be honest, because of what it didn’t offer. The primary differences between the two seem to be that the 10-326 has a closed stand and 1/4 more horsepower. The fence also appears to be a bit higher quality. However, the 10-326 is almost identically priced to the Grizzly G0513, and at that price, I would choose the Grizzly every time.

While the horsepower bump, nicer fence, and closed stand would be nice, I wasn’t interested in spending the money for these upgrades, just like with the Grizzly. I’ll simply replace the steel open stand with one made out of wood in the near future, and the other two differences aren’t that important to me.

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#2 posted 04-29-2017 05:26 AM

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#3 posted 02-07-2018 08:00 PM

I’m also in the market for a bandsaw. I have looked at the Grizzlies and rikon and leaning towards the rikon for a big personal reason , the 5 year warranty.

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#4 posted 02-08-2018 12:57 PM

I bought the Rikon 10-326 last fall and couldn’t be happier. It’s my first band saw so I have nothing to compare it to but have used it mostly for resawing and it’s been great. No regrets.

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#5 posted 02-08-2018 01:08 PM

All I can say is I’ve had a Grizzly G0513X2BF since 2012, and it has been one of the best machines I’ve ever bought.
And once you have an electric brake on your bandsaw, you never, ever want to use another. I absolutely hate waiting for my Powermatic bandsaw, (my smaller one that I keep 1/8th” blades on), to stop.
+1 with Rrrandy

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#6 posted 02-20-2018 02:51 PM



Has anyone come across a good comparison between Rikon s 10-324 and 10-326 band saws? I m in the market for my first band saw and after having the self-control to keep myself from snatching an older HF 14” saw for $50, I m settling on getting a new Rikon. I ve run the comparisons against Grizzly s G0555LX and I find that the value proposition falls into the Rikon camp once you start talking about adding in the riser kit.

Living in Virginia (i.e. humidity) and having to share my workshop with the cars, would I be off in thinking that the 324 s aluminum wheels could be a benefit?

How significant do people feel moving from 1.5HP to 1.75HP? Both saws are listed as having 14/7A motors

How significant is the fence improvement between the 324 and 326? Do either of them stand up to what s available from third-party aftermarket upgrades?

Should I be concerned about the trunnions on the 324, given that they re not cast iron?

Many thanks,
Rob

- rjensen

Did you ever end up with either of the two Rikons? I’m in the market for a 14” with a decent resaw capacity and I’m torn between the 10-324, 10-326, and the grizzly with a riser kit.

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#7 posted 05-09-2018 06:09 PM



Did you ever end up with either of the two Rikons? I m in the market for a 14” with a decent resaw capacity and I m torn between the 10-324, 10-326, and the grizzly with a riser kit.

- Steve

I would up finding a deal on Craigslist for a 90’s Delta that already came with a riser block, mobile base, and custom stand. In hindsight, I wish that I had gone the Rikon route and just went with the first one that is 20-25% off (I’ve been having a bugger of a time getting it to track right….) If both were on sale, I would just get the 324 because I wouldn’t notice the extra .25hp in how I use the saw.

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