14 or 16 inch Bandsaw

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Forum topic by jtfoodguy posted 12-22-2011 05:20 AM 1546 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-22-2011 05:20 AM

I know almost nothing about bandsaws, I’m looking at the 10-325 and the 10-336 Rikon bandsaws, I can buy the 10-336 16 inch bandsaw for less money than the 14 inch but my only sticking point is the 14 inch specs say you can use an 1/8th inch blade and the 16 inch only down to 1/4 inch blade. I have a couple questions for the experts (1) Can I use a smaller blade than it lists in the specs if I use the carter stabilizer? (2) I really like cutting out names on my scroll saw and would like to try it on whatever bandsaw I buy is the 1/8 inch blade needed to do this? (3) Is there any other reason not to go with the 16 inch model. I would appreciate all the help I can get. I realize I can get another inch of resaw capacity out of the 14 inch model but that’s not important to my intended use. Here are the specs on both machines.

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#1 posted 12-22-2011 05:22 AM

Do you have the needed power for the 16”?

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#2 posted 12-22-2011 06:50 AM

Yes I have the power requirements.

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#3 posted 12-22-2011 06:51 AM

bigger band saw, bigger cuts.

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#4 posted 12-22-2011 09:02 AM

1/8” blades are real easy to break. You should be able to
run them on the bigger saw, but you’d probably have better
luck with cool blocks than bearings. There is very little “meat”
on a 1/8” blade to run against the side bearings so the setup
will be tricky.

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#5 posted 12-23-2011 05:00 AM

The Carter stabilizer will allow you to use 1/8” blades on the big saw (I use 1/8” blades on my 17” Grizz with the Stabilizer). Just be sure to back ALL your other giudes completely off when using the Stabilizer. I just take mine off as it is easy on mine. With the Stabilizer you don’t use your guide bearing or your trhrust bearings at all. I was skeptical but this thing really works. I wear out1/8” blades long before they break.

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#6 posted 12-23-2011 08:24 AM

You know you need the 18” (Sorry :P )

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