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Forum topic by RonGoldberg posted 12-20-2011 02:05 AM 11767 views 1 time favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-20-2011 02:05 AM

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OK, guys, give it to me. What are you top three 14-inch band saw recommendations. I just puchased the grizzly 2 HP hybid table saw and I love it. Thinking of getting the grizzly 14-inch band saw next, but just wanted to see what everyone thought.
(McLean, Va)

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#1 posted 12-20-2011 02:58 AM

General 490, Powermatic 141, then the smaller Italian-style
steel framed saws available under several different brand names
like Laguna, Rikon, etc.

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#2 posted 12-20-2011 03:01 AM

What is your price point?

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#3 posted 12-20-2011 03:01 AM

I have only one bandsaw brand I like Delta… The ones who pioneered the 14” bandsaw.

Thanks, Michael Frey


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#4 posted 12-20-2011 03:06 AM

Mike, I love your consistency! Are you are brand loyal with your vehicles?

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#5 posted 12-20-2011 03:17 AM

I have a grizz GO555X , wouldn’t trade it for a new one.

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#6 posted 12-20-2011 03:33 AM

Seems that I read of a particular Delta model that had a lot of problems. Anyone know the exact model number? I have a buddy also looking for a bandsaw.

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#7 posted 12-20-2011 03:44 AM

I have the Rikon, have had it about 3 years. I have resawed a few hundred board feet. I have a 3/8” , 4 tooth, sterling blade in it, from Hal Talyor. I resawed 10 3’ oak logs today from N. cal. and some Lilac 6” from the yard here in Mt. Love it. Git any of the new saws and I think you will be happy, happy sawing and Merry Christmas. Bob

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#8 posted 12-20-2011 03:55 AM

I like my Jet 708115K … it came with a re-saw fence, and I added Carter’s Quick Release. I bought it on sale at a local machinery dealer (no shipping).

I tossed the factory blade and use Carter AccuRight blades for most work, and a Highland Woodslicer for re-saw work.

IMPORTANT: Even a low-end saw can perform like a champ if you tune it up right and USE A DECENT QUALITY BLADE!


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#9 posted 12-20-2011 04:02 AM

Delta…..mine’s 14-15 years old, and stll stroking a good lick…..not a minutes trouble with it….

Can’t recommend another one. My first saw was a Grizzly 14”...biggest piece of crap I ever owned..

-- " Don't pet the sweaty things, and don't sweat the petty things."

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#10 posted 12-20-2011 04:25 AM

I will second the Rikon, I have thrown some pick turning blanks at it and it has preformed amazing every time.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#11 posted 12-20-2011 04:27 AM

I honestly can’t recall any real negative comments about the 14 inch Rikon BS. Craftsman had a clone of it, and for some reason they stopped selling it.

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#12 posted 12-20-2011 04:33 AM

I like my Rikon as well, but the OP never gave a price point, so there may more or less funds to work with. The resaw capacity and 1 1/2 hp were too much to pass up for me.

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#13 posted 12-20-2011 04:49 AM

I have had a Delta for about 20 years. No problems at all, and it works as well as the day I bought it.

I also have a Steel City granite top saw that I won here in a contest. Nice also and the granite top makes it real easy to clamp things to it.

The Delta is still my go to Bandsaw.

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#14 posted 12-20-2011 05:46 AM

bullethead. Being that I’m 18 years old. I really have not had a life time of cars. I just recently was given my grandfathers 1957 356 A Porsche. He restored in 1985. Anyways I guess when it comes to cars, at this point my loyalty will be Porsche…...

I really need a truck…. I woodwork…. Porsche, baaaaad car for that….

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#15 posted 12-20-2011 05:55 AM


Agree with Bob, Roper, and Shane above. +1 on the Rikon 10-325 14”. You can re-saw almost 13” and don’t have to mess with the expense or installation of riser blocks. You can do virtually everything with three 111” Timberwolf blades, 1/4”-10 TPI, 1/2”- 4TPI, and 3/4”-3 TPI. If you hook up a dust collector to the 4” outlet you don’t have much cleanup.

They have gone up in price a bit in last three years but, still a solid value.

Good luck!

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

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