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Forum topic by Commercialvoice posted 11-26-2017 11:54 AM 2147 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Commercialvoice

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11-26-2017 11:54 AM

I am wanting to purchase an 18” band saw and have narrowed down to these three. My concerns for the Laguna are the warranty (only ONE year-why?) and some chatter about “not so great” customer service. The Rikon does not have a TON of good info and ZERO YouTube reviews/usage video BUT, it has “appears” to be well built/5 year warranty and a FOUR hp motor. Nothing really bad about the Jet…nothing really outstanding either. I am most interested in build quality and how the company treat customers after the sale…ideas?


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rustynails

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#1 posted 11-28-2017 11:18 PM

I have had a few band saws over the years in my shop and I currently have the Laguna and would recamend it to anyone. There is are lot of great videos on the 18BX on U-Tube for review . I fell the guilds are one of the things that makes the saw better.

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Commercialvoice

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#2 posted 11-30-2017 03:48 AM

Hi Rusty Nails! I appreciate that you responded! Strange how no one had a comment on the subject. I did a TON of research and finally made a choice. I bought the RIKON…
If you are interested I will offer updates on my experience. I DID speak with the director of sales a both Rikon and Laguna. I know it’s their job to “sell” but the Rikon manager just had so much to say, so much to commit and with a 5 year warranty, I made the decision to give them a shot. I have never owned Rikon before so here’s to a new experience!

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jgforbes

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#3 posted 02-04-2018 11:06 PM

How do you like your Rikon 10-347 now that you have had it several months?

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Commercialvoice

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#4 posted 02-04-2018 11:34 PM

Hi jgforbes! I appreciate you asking. I have to say that after the several hours of initial setup (due to inexperience) and quite a stack of wood gone trough the blade(s) I am 150% happy with the purchase. I am confident that other brands make good ones as well but after a good workout, I just can’t see buying a machine that could be perceptibly any better. The build quality is super solid, thick, milled flat and the fence is easily adjustable to co planar. The big plus is that the staff at Rikon seem to be just good regular people, willing to help and have answered every question i threw at them. I don’t know how they’d be if I had an issue because the machine has surpassed my expectations. No issues to throw at them. I am sure that folks that have purchased Jets and Lagunas AND are happy have made a great decision for themselves. That said, I’d whole heatedly recommend the Rikon (at least this 10-347 I bought) if someone might be on the fence. I promise, you will NOT go wrong with this beast!

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jgforbes

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#5 posted 02-05-2018 12:04 AM

Commercialvoice,
Thanks for the prompt reply. I am looking for a saw to resaw boards that I milled some years ago. My plans have changed and now I need 1/4” boards rather than 2-4” boards. Some are over 12” wide and I don’t want to have to cut them down to resaw. I have seen reviews for older models, but not this one. I am think that the price difference between the 14” pro model and the 18” pro model is worth it for the additional 5” of resaw capacity and an extra HP.

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#6 posted 02-05-2018 12:33 AM

Like you, I’m not sure how often the extra 5” will be needed, but for the price, I believe it is worth it to have it if needed. I believe this is the last band saw I will buy. At least I know its built to handle whatever i can throw at it.

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