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Forum topic by Randy606 posted 11-30-2011 02:04 AM 2471 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2011 02:04 AM

I’m looking to purchase a new bandsaw and was looking at going for an 17 or 18 for resawing. Currently looking at the rikon 18” model 10-345 or the grizzly 513×2, but the rikon 10-325 14” version looks like it could work. In my scouring of the internet I’ve come upon numerous reviews praising and damning all three, but most of the bad reviews against rikon were from several years ago and maybe the issues have been fixed in the newer models. So my question to all you great and knowledgeable folks is which one would be better both in the ability to get the job done and if something goes wrong with the machine which company is going to stand behind their product.
Thanks in advance

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#1 posted 11-30-2011 02:16 AM

Is 220 available? What is the upper limit of the budget? I have the Rikon 14”, has worked well for me. I was drawn to it for resaw capacity, and it is 110. Got it at WC for $699. I think the “sale price” is now $799.

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#2 posted 11-30-2011 02:35 AM

+1 on the Rikon 10-325. I don’t do a ton of resawing but when I need too this saw easily handles the job. If your interest lies solely in finding a saw for resawing then the larger saws would probably be a better choice.

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#3 posted 11-30-2011 02:39 AM

I do have 240v available and the budget is at most near the $1200 range, so no minimax or hammer bandsaws here. The reason I’m investing in a better bandsaw is that I am moving more and more in to the hand tool side but would still like to have a bandsaw for long rips and resawing and curve cutting.

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#4 posted 11-30-2011 02:43 AM

I have the 17” 513×2 Grizzly and this saw is a beast! 2HP cast iron wheels cast Iron trunion,big top I am pleased with quality as well I also like the cast iron fence with the re-saw aluminum attachment. .

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#5 posted 11-30-2011 02:46 AM

I have the 14 inch Grizzly G0457 and love it. In fact I have a Grizzly TS, dust collector and drill press and have had no problems with any of them. The one bad thing about the G0457 is that it uses a 106 inch blade – not many vendors sell that size (they have 105, but not 106). But it’s 220V 2hp so no complaints about power, of course the blade it comes with is junk. My only complaint against Grizzly so far has been that I had a salesperson (same guy selling me the saw) pick out blades for me and he gave me all 105s. I didn’t discover the error until I got back home, 3 hours from Muncy. They actually wanted me to pay return shipping and a restocking fee, which they eventually waived, but I had to pay shipping to get the 106 blades I wanted – wasn’t going to drive 3 hours each way to get them.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 11-30-2011 03:21 AM

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#7 posted 11-30-2011 05:05 AM

+1 on the Rikon 10-325. It is a great machine and not crazy expensive but not suspiciously cheap either. I like the cast iron wheels, the large resaw size and I’ve cut some pretty knarly wood with it and it handled it fine.

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#8 posted 11-30-2011 05:34 AM

I have the same 17” Grizz as chipy and love it! Resaws everything I have thrown at it and cuts like a scrollsaw with a 1/8” blade and Carter stabilizer.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 11-30-2011 10:52 PM

CR, are you saying I can get one for around $1200 or less, the OP’s listed budget? If so, I will take one : )

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#10 posted 12-01-2011 01:55 AM

thanks for all the recommendations I’m still on the fence between the grizzly and rikon. And to juniorjock really? Your not helping.

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#11 posted 12-02-2011 12:55 AM

I guess what I’m really trying to get at is for people that were shopping for a new bandsaw and narrowed down their choice between grizzly or rikon, which did they choose and why. Since the rikon 14” has the same resaw capacity is there any reason to go big other than larger motor. Does one have better trunnions or better wheels? Thanks again for everyones help.


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#12 posted 12-02-2011 01:02 AM

Rikon for the lack of 220 power in my shop, plus the large resaw. 1 1/2 hp at $699 when I bought was too hard to beat, positive reviews by mags, people here and elsewhere. Those are why I went Rikon, it has worked well, certainly does not lack for power. 111” blades seem easy to come by, I have heard bad too often about qc at grizzly, but I will admit they seem to be price/bang for the buck leaders.

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#13 posted 12-02-2011 03:43 AM

I have the Rikon Deluxe 14” bandsaw and have used it for almost three years now. I use it both for resawing (oak, poplar, maple, walnut, cherry, and elm) and general shop sawing with good results. One of the things that really improved the performance of this saw the most is the use of Timberwolf Blades. I use the 1/2” 4TPI for general cutting and some resawing. For more serious resawing the 3/4” 2-3 TPI (variable tooth spacing) blade is very hard to beat. In my opinion, this saw is very hard to beat for the money.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#14 posted 12-02-2011 03:58 AM


The Rikon 14” can resaw about 13”” without messing around with riser blocks. They used to go on sale at Woodcraft for $699 but have gone up a bit in 3 years but still a great value. Only downside is that they come with a crappy blade but, go get a 111” Timberwolf and this is a really great BS.

Agree with Roger above and have the same 2 blades.

Good luck with your shopping.

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#15 posted 12-02-2011 02:32 PM

I had a vintage Powermatic bandsaw which I replaced with a 14” Grizzly for ~$400. If the capacity works for you, I would highly recommend it.

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