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08-05-2017 03:20 PM

I am looking to purchase a new 14” bandsaw. I am looking at a Rikon 10-326 vs a Grizzly 0555x extreme series. Can anyone give me their opinion one way or the other?


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#1 posted 08-05-2017 03:53 PM

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#2 posted 08-05-2017 04:01 PM

I’d prefer a steel-framed saw. I also prefer
a saw that can run wider blades because
the cut straighter with less set-up hassle.

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#3 posted 08-06-2017 01:04 AM

Rikon by a mile. I do have the Grizzly G0555LX and I wish I had purchased the Rikon.

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#4 posted 08-06-2017 01:56 AM

Why?


Rikon by a mile. I do have the Grizzly G0555LX and I wish I had purchased the Rikon.

- sawnuts


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#5 posted 08-06-2017 02:02 AM

Steel frame will flex less and be able to provide proper tension for larger blades. The cast iron frame will flex much more. If you do want a cast iron framed machine, I’d keep an eye out for a nice used Delta – which is what all the other 14” imported machines are copies of, and you will save a considerable amount of money doing so.

Cheers,
Brad

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#6 posted 08-06-2017 04:00 AM

I have a Rikon 10-325 14” and love it. I purchased the grizzly 0555 for the school and the Rikon is a better saw.

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#7 posted 08-06-2017 05:48 AM

I have the grizzly with a riser. It’s decent after some work.

The Rikon is built for resawing.

Rikon.

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#8 posted 08-06-2017 02:53 PM

Another vote for the Rikon. Just installed the new thrust bearing upgrade and it is wonderful. Steel frame all the way is my vote.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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#9 posted 08-06-2017 05:07 PM

Giley,


Why?

Giley,
This is the critique I sent Grizzly. They said as long as nothing was broken, there was nothing they could do. I didn’t expect the to actually. I know they don’t make or design the tools they sell. Just marketing.

Grizzly G0555LX Critique

1. The shipping box could have been packed correctly. The words, on the box, were right side up but the contents were packaged up side down in the box. ) instructions were at the bottom of the box as shipped. All the weight was on the top of the box as shipped.
2. Assembly was straight forward.
3. Blade did not line up in small slotted table insert. Needed to file that.
4. Blade guides are adequate but fiddly to adjust. Fine threads are needed here.
5. The rack and pinion assembly needs shorter way adjustment set screws with a tighter fit. They look like a knuckle scraper where they are located. They are not a standard set screw as they have a spring-loaded ball in the end. Also the locking handle for the rack/ pinion needs to be a bigger diameter with fine threads. Better grip/better locking.
6. It would be nice to have a little area to store the allen wrenches that you need to adjust things.
7. The little indicator block on the tensioner is 3/8” thick with no clear indicator for setting tension. You need to remember that the top if the little block below the spring needs to align with the correct spot on the body of the tensioner. A little arrow or pointer would be nice.
8. The upper guide shaft was not parallel to the blade. I needed to adjust the lateral guide for the upper wheel all the way to the rear of the saw making the smaller table insert even more useless.
9. Keep the lock and give me a 110v outlet for accessories (Lamp/vacuum)
10. The tension knob adjustment shaft needs to be long so the knob is located another 1” higher to allow for knuckle clearance.
11. Why does it take 3 different sized allen wrenches to adjust the guide bearings?

Overall I am satisfied with this saw. I have never owned a band saw and I think this is a good value for the price. It just seems that with a little more quality control and retooling (fine threads) this model would be a lot better.

Rikon by a mile. I do have the Grizzly G0555LX and I wish I had purchased the Rikon.

- sawnuts

- Gilley23

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#10 posted 08-07-2017 12:28 AM

The Rikon 14in. 10-325 has worked so well for me that I ended up ALSO buying the 10-305 10in. for curves. Absolutely NO problems here… Yep… Rikon all the way!

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

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#11 posted 08-07-2017 12:49 PM

I have the Grizzly G0555LANV. Don’t get me wrong, I like it, but this is kinda apples to oranges. If I planned to do a lot more bandsaw work and resawing, I’d be going for the Rikon.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#12 posted 08-07-2017 03:02 PM



I have the Grizzly G0555LANV. Don t get me wrong, I like it, but this is kinda apples to oranges. If I planned to do a lot more bandsaw work and resawing, I d be going for the Rikon.

- Dustin

I’m with Dustin. I’ve got the Grizzly G0555LANV also, and really like it. I think you’d be happy with either one. Buy what you can afford.

-- Pete

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