good bandsaw for $1000,00 or less?

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Forum topic by yrob posted 09-23-2011 08:12 PM 5994 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-23-2011 08:12 PM


I am looking at getting a bandsaw, mainly for resawing capabilities. I do most of my work with hand tools, but when it comes to resaw a board, its better done with a bandsaw. I do not expect to work on large piece of furnitures, so I suspect 12 to 14 ” of resaw capacity is enough. Should I look for used saws on craigslist/ebay or able to get a new one at that price?

-- Yves

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#1 posted 09-23-2011 08:19 PM

I have the 14in Rikon Deluxe BS that I picked up at Woodcraft ~1 1/2yr ago for $699 (on sale). New prices are like $949.99 now and I think they go on sale at ~$799 about once a quarter if I remember correctly. Has 13in resaw without having to add an extension block. If you can catch this a $799 then jump on it, IMO.

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

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#2 posted 09-23-2011 08:50 PM

I have the Rikon as well. While I havent used it a lot yet. The main reason I got it was for its resaw capabilities and its still 110 powered. While my technique still needs work. The machine powered thru all I have thrown at it so far. About 9-10” walnut was no problem. I also paid $699 for it. I would say its worth a look based on your price range.

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#3 posted 09-23-2011 08:52 PM

With one cent to spare!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 09-23-2011 08:59 PM

One more for the Rikon 10-325 deluxe, but buy a good blade for it right away as the one that came on mine is poor.

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

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#5 posted 09-23-2011 09:16 PM

Powermatic. You won’t regret it.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#6 posted 09-23-2011 11:15 PM

BTW, I easily rewired my 14in Rikon Deluxe BS from 120v to 240v if that is of any consideration in your purchase.

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

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#7 posted 09-23-2011 11:38 PM

I went to Rockler recently and took a look at Powermatic 14” bandsaw.
It was not really impressive.

The bandsaw next to it Laguna LT14 3000 bandsaw
that thing is built like a tank.

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#8 posted 09-24-2011 12:00 AM

^not impressed with the Powermatic for $1000?
I bet the OP would be impressed with the Laguna too. Probably the Ag too.

Laguna LT14×14 SUV Bandsaw

$1,595.00 ($1000-$1595 = -$595.00)

Agazzani – 18-in. Bandsaw B-18

Avg. Price: $2,295 ($1000-$2295 = -$1295)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 09-24-2011 12:05 AM

Powermatic and Laguna are great – if you can afford them. I bought a Grizzly G0457 14” bandsaw for less than $1000 (including shipping) and have been pretty pleased with it. Four years old now and has given me no problems. The only drawback is the odd blade size (104”) that I haven’t found anywhere else other than Grizzly, but their customer service is pretty good. I beleive I chose this saw after it received Best Value in a FW review.

-- Andy, Texas,

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#10 posted 09-24-2011 12:41 AM

I also bought the Rikon 14” Deluxe, it replace a 12” Sears Craftsman. I have used large industrial BS’s at work, and they wouldn’t have the resaw capacity of the Rikon. If you look at Craigslist you might get lucky and find on old heavy BS, but they usually don’t have a large resaw capacity to width ratio, but they do have a larger table. The miter slots don’t have the t slot.
I looked at the Laguna, the Grizzly and the Rikon and for the price I chose the Rikon. I think it was worth every penny, so far.

-- Mel,

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#11 posted 09-24-2011 12:48 AM

Al, what the heck? No pictures of your Delta?

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#12 posted 09-24-2011 12:56 AM

Another vote for the Powermatic. I have had mine for three years and am still as happy with it now as I was when I got it.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#13 posted 09-24-2011 02:38 AM

I am still using and griping about my ShopSmith BS. Since I’m not redy to shell out big bucks for one, I slowly gathering info and input like this so I’d know what to get when the time comes.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#14 posted 09-24-2011 04:53 PM

I have the Rikon 10-325 deluxe also…. I love it. It cuts like a dream. I use Timberwolf blades. You won’t regret the purchase.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#15 posted 09-24-2011 05:38 PM

Best bang for buck and great machines: !7” man size saws.

Grizzly G0513P $795.00, ship 94, total $889

Grizzly G0513X2F $1095 Ship 94, Total $1189

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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