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Forum topic by Ambiguity posted 10-26-2017 07:05 PM 331 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ambiguity

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10-26-2017 07:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: band saw bandsaw rikon 10-325 rikon

Hi guys, awesome forum, time for me to jump in.

I have a line on a Rikon 10-325 early (green) generation 14” for $325.

I was all set to suck it up and spend about a quarter of my budget on a 1k range saw, likely the new Rikon 10-326 or Laguna 1412.

I know all about the terrible guides that the early 10-325 came with, so i expect to have to invest in a upgrade kit for it.

But at $325, I’m having a hard time not picking the 10-325 up, and trying to make it work. I need a saw that can do some resaw work, nothing crazy, mostly laminate or thicker cut-down of reclaimed lumber. I’m not high volume. I’m a hobbyist that is however, tired of crappy tools, and has saved up to equip myself with some life-time (hopefully) major-appliance tools. (ie:99% sure i’m pulling the trigger on the new Grizzly g0833p as a centerpiece of the garage.

Am I just making the same mistake I have in the past, buying something because of price, only to regret it in 6 months when it’s more frustrating to use than I can handle? (or better yet, burns out – looking at you ryobe table saw).


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toolie

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#1 posted 10-26-2017 09:54 PM

Owner of preowned 10–340 Rikon. Love the saw, love the company even more. The guides are not gonna be that big a deal. Get it, upgrade guides and don’t look back.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#2 posted 10-26-2017 11:38 PM

I’ve had a 10-325 for quite a number of years now and have always been very pleased with the way it performs. Yes, I had to struggle with the non user friendly guides that came with this saw but with a little patience they can be made to work. I recently upgraded those guides with the Rikon kit and it made all the difference in the world. If you decide to buy the 10-325 I would recommend you think about installing the newer guides. Woodcraft was running a sale on the guide upgrade kit for around $100 recently but I don’t know if they still have that price available. It’s a great bandsaw and frankly with the updated guide kit it rivals the newer 10-326 in my opinion. I’d save myself $500 and go with the 10-325 and an upgrade kit if it were me. BTW, if that 10-325 is in good shape that $325 is a smoking price.

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henigail

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#3 posted 10-27-2017 12:12 AM

Not to be a downer but I wouldn’t really consider any 14” saw a “lifetime” saw if resawing is what you want it to do. Save for possibly the Laguna SUV. 14” saws are obviously capable – I believe Michael Fortune still uses only a 14” to this day. But if you expect you’ll be getting heavier into bent laminations and/or veneering and/or bookmatched panels down the road, you may consider a bigger saw more suited to the task. I just sold a 17” Grizzly because it was seriously lacking in the resaw department and upgraded to a Minimax MM16. I cut curves and do other small tasks on a Laguna 1412…which is a great saw for what it is…a little saw.

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ToolCaddy

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#4 posted 10-27-2017 02:08 AM

I have a used Delta with a wheel kit, riser block and fence for $450. It also has the cool block guide system. It has seen very little use but does a nice job resawing.

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#5 posted 10-27-2017 02:23 AM

I have 2 of the 325s one with the carter guides with a 1/2” resale blade and have resawed hundreds of bf with it. The other, I have the carter single guide w/ 3/16” skip tooth blade. For tight scroll work. Really durable saws. Never been short of power, little or no problems. The guides were the down side, sounds like that is addressed with the guide kit. $325 is a great price.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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coxhaus

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#6 posted 10-27-2017 02:40 AM

I think Woodcraft has a Rikon guide upgrade kit on sale right now for $99. You might check it out. I sold my 325 almost 2 years ago when I upgraded to an old Minmax 450mm (18 inch) bandsaw. I am never looking back.

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