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khamm

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1334 days ago

I would appreciate any input. I have narrowed my bandsaw choice down to the
Rikon 10-325 and the Grizzly G0555x

Grizzly 719.00 includes shipping. add 70.00 for a riser block. 789.00

Rikon 899.99 I can pick this up, although that is something I would not look forward to. Will have to pay tax, approx 60.00. 960.00

Both are 1 1/2 hp. The Rikon has 13” resaw capacity, the Grizzly 12”

At least initially, it would be used mostly to resaw a bunch of found lumber.

any thoughts?

Keith

-- Keith H. I don't need more gadgets; I need more skills


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Marc5

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#1 posted 1334 days ago

I really cannot comment on the Rikon but I have had this saw in my shop for several years and love it. At the time I bought it I thought is it was the best bang for the buck. The saw came with roller bearing guides and higher end fence. At the time would have been upgrade items with other 14” saw. My only regret is I did not purchase the riser block but it sounds like you are. It is very good machine.

Good Luck.

-- Marc

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Andrew

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#2 posted 1334 days ago

I think you will find that most people cannot comment on Rikon, I too have a grizzley. There is a reason for that. Grizzley is a great tool, the occasional lemon, but they will make it right, great price.
I beleive this last statement…
There are 3 aspects to the retailer, customer service, value, quality, as the customer we pick 2. Tis is how you choose, what is important to you. I know on this site there are a lot of grizzley floating around with happy users

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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Spoontaneous

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#3 posted 1334 days ago

Glad to hear positive things about the Grizzly…. since I just ordered one. Well, actually I ordered the G0555P which is on sale. A friend that lives 20 minutes away is going to let me have some space in his garage (I live in a Condo), but at least I will have a place to go make stuff. Marc, I read some good things about the Rikon too while I was researching. 13 out of 16 reviewers on Amazon gave it 5 stars.

I’m wondering about the best mobile base for these things.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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wiswood2

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#4 posted 1334 days ago

I have 12 of grizzlys tolls ,some are14 years old , and no troblble. I had a stwich bad at the getgo on one of my two drilll pressis ,the shipped a new one the same day I called, When I got it they had sent the whole assembley ,cord and all and said throw the old one away,not worth shipping back . Good luck.
Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com

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Viking

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#5 posted 1334 days ago

Keith;

We have the Rikon 14” and are very happy with it. If you are not in a hurry, Woodcraft puts it on sale fairly often. It was $699 a few weeks ago. Think the resaw capacity is the major difference between it and the Grizzly G0555x. The Rikon does have blade tension / de-tension lever and not sure if that feature is on the Grizzly or not.

The Rikon assembly was simple and easy to align. The only detraction was the crap blade that came with it but I think that is fairly standard with most bandsaws. If you add the riser block you will need longer blades anyway. Whichever one you select go spend some money on a Woodslicer or Timberwolf blade.

Good luck in your selection.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 1333 days ago

I also have the Rikon and really like it, the 13 inch height is great I really like the stiffness of the square tube frame. A friend of mine put a riser on a 14” Delta and it seemed to my inexperienced eye that it was more ‘wobbly’ that without the riser. Working with the Delta convinced me to go with the stiffer Rikon. I’ve never used, or even seen the Grizzly but based on discussions here I almost bout the G0555. I like em both, but could actually touch and feel the Rikon at a local store (if you consider a 2 hour drive local LOL!). I think you’d be happy with either.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Chip

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#7 posted 1333 days ago

I’ve had the Rikon for about two years now. Didn’t use it much when I first bought it (wasn’t in the shop much) but just tuned it up and put a new Timber Wolf blade on it and I don’t think a day goes by that i don’t use it for something. I love it’s resawing ability. I have no experience with the Grizzly so it would be tough for me to compare the two. I’m sure you will like whichever you choose but make sure to buy a good blade. It makes all the difference.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Steven H

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#8 posted 1333 days ago

G0513P 17” 2 HP Bandsaw, Polar Bear Series

$792.00

http://www.grizzly.com/products/G0513P

-- shdesign3.com

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khamm

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#9 posted 1333 days ago

That is a nice looking saw, but I do not have 220.

-- Keith H. I don't need more gadgets; I need more skills

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Steven H

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#10 posted 1333 days ago

You don’t need 220 for the saw, but you have to wired back to 110v.

  1. Motor: 2 HP, 110V/220V, single-phase,
  2. TEFC capacitor start induction, 60 Hz,
  3. prewired 220V
  4. Amps: 20/10

-- shdesign3.com

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khamm

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#11 posted 1333 days ago

hmm, interesting.

Is there any disadvantage in running a saw that was designed for 220 on 110? As in will it trip the breakers more often or something?

Thanks

Keith

-- Keith H. I don't need more gadgets; I need more skills

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Steven H

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#12 posted 1333 days ago

Your house will be burn down.

If you can afford an upgrade on 220 V, it would be best.

-- shdesign3.com

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khamm

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#13 posted 1333 days ago

the house burning down seems like a deal-breaker to me. Of course, maybe I can use the saw to help rebuild the house.

-- Keith H. I don't need more gadgets; I need more skills

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Mark Shymanski

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#14 posted 1332 days ago

My understanding is the largest motor you can run on 110 is about 1.5 horse. I have this size on my General Dust Cleaner and on start up it is all the circuit can do to start the DC. If I put any other load on the same circuit it trips the breaker. I don’t believe my garage/shop is in danger of burning down because I have a large motor on the circuit. True the wires are probably at their max rating but nothing is getting hot to the touch when I am running the DC. I run my other machines on a second circuit so I can actually use the DC and a tool that generates dust! Worst case scenario is that the breaker would trip and the DC would stop.

It may be worth exploring what it would cost to put a 220 circuit in, after all it is just an appropriate breaker in your panel and some wire from the panel to your tools and an a outlet. I suspect the largest cost would be in bringing in an electrician to do the work…but probably well worth it if you are not comfortable doing it yourself. I don’t do electircal stuff myself because it escapes me how the stuff works so I don’t feel confident in tackling wiring jobs (that is what my brother is for LOL!).

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Steven57

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#15 posted 1324 days ago

I have the Rikon and it’s way more bs than the Grizzly. It was on sale back in November $200 off. Grizzly cust service non existent for me.

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