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Joe Davis

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01-08-2012 03:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw milling veneering question resource

so im buying a new bandsaw my delta 6” still works but 6” resaw does not cut it.
so I’ve narrowed it down to 3
the rikon 10325 14 inch deluxe w 13 resaw $959 delivered
or the grizzly go457 w 10 resaw $1049 delivered
or the grizzly 17s go513×2 12 resaw $1194 delivered
thoughts?


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#1 posted 01-08-2012 03:59 PM

Rikon, but get good blade(s) for whatever you buy.

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

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#2 posted 01-08-2012 04:23 PM

Someday I’m going to get totally fed up with my 9” bandsaw and spring for the 0513×2f with the cast iron wheels. I think they are worth the extra $100.

Tim

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#3 posted 01-08-2012 05:23 PM

I’m leaning towards the rikon

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#4 posted 01-08-2012 05:23 PM

I have the grizzly 17” GO513×2.
Totally love this band saw, if you choose this one you will never want for more.
The only thing I have done is purchase the Carter blade stabilizer kit for use with smaller blades.
All have 220v wiring, Rikon is 110/220V.
Grizzly GO457 w/10 resaw I don’t see that it has cast iron trunions, the other two do, I would opt out of this one.
Toss between the Rikon 14” and Grizzly 17”-
Grizzly has 12” resaw, can take up to a 1” blade, 2hp motor
Rikon- has 13” resaw, can take up to a 3/4” blade, 1 1/2hp motor
I noticed the Rikon tension wheel adjustment is at the top of the machine, Grizzly’s is under the upper housing. That would only matter to me because I am short enough not to be able to reach that high and see the tension guage at the same time.
The basic specs on both are good, I guess it’s a matter of the added features that appeal to you.
I picked my Grizzly up at the Muncy PA showroom when they were on sale and paid about $200 less.
Just a thought.
Good luck with your decision,

Lisa

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#5 posted 01-08-2012 05:34 PM

I live in south Carolina so no such luck on picking anything up at discount :(

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#6 posted 01-08-2012 05:38 PM

The Rikon shows 2 blade speeds.
The Grizzly catalog specs say it is a 2 speed. this is an error. If you open the owners manual it is one speed.
Mine only has one speed. This is misleading and might be a bonus feature for the Rikon.

Lisa

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#7 posted 01-08-2012 05:43 PM

Yeh I thought about that it’s not really a deal breaker having 2 speeds but I’m a big believer in versatility because you never know what you might need in the future

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#8 posted 01-08-2012 06:11 PM

I have the rikon, I use a 3/8” 4 tooth blade, I got from Hal Taylor, Just resawed several 13” pcs. of heavy figured walnut last night. The saw is a little finlcky on the set-up but it has become my go to tool for a lot of cuts that I used to do on my table saw and chopsaw. Having said that it took me an hour to change blade and set it and that was 2 months ago of 6 to 10 hour days, so not that big of deal. I got mine in the fall 3 years ago, when Woodcrafts has their sale, I beleive for 750.00 or so. I have been looking at thier 10” rikon for small work, and leave 14” set up for resaw. The changes I made to the 14” are: I drilled a hole on front side of post and moved light to front and added a dust port under table. Nothing better than a new tool. Happy tool hunting, Bob

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#9 posted 01-08-2012 06:28 PM

G0513X2 sitting in my Grizzle cart right now along with the G0634Z Planer/Joiner. I like to put things into the cart and think about it for a few weeks before spending that much money. I’ll probably buy in the next 2 weeks..

The Rikon 14” was on my list as well, but I missed out on the best sale prices last month. I did see it at $799 still somewhere, but the shipping from them was nearly $300 and negated the sale price

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#10 posted 01-08-2012 06:30 PM

Think that Woodcraft had it for $799 on a one day sale.

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

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#11 posted 01-08-2012 06:33 PM

I have the Rikon so of course I’m going to recommend that one. On the other hand, I wouldn’t pay that much. I’m not saying that it isn’t worth that much, it’s just that it goes on sale in the $800 range often enought that if your willing to wait awhile you can save yourself some real money.

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#12 posted 01-08-2012 06:38 PM

Rick – that is the sale I missed out on because Woodcraft had reasonable shipping. I just checked and it is Highland that has it for $799 right now and my estimated shipping was $265 for a total of $1064. The G0513X2 will run $1194 shipped. The $130 is worth it to me. If I could get the Rikon for more like $950 shipped, I would go that way for sure.

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#13 posted 01-08-2012 06:45 PM

Woodcraft is having a 15% of rikon Saturday the 14th wich would bring it to $907 shipped but there shipping is not w a lift gate and I’m responsible for getting it of the truck.
Amazon will send a lift gate for $959 for the rikon.
Hey bugz could you post a better pic or a close up of your dust mod?

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#14 posted 01-08-2012 06:53 PM

Get the Grizzly g0513×2, I have the g0513p and its a monster, couldnt ask for more out of the saw. And I dont know where yall read the Grizzly has 1 speed, but it has two. Maximum cutting height: 12”
Blade size: 131-1/2” long
Blade sizes available: 1/8” – 1” wide
2 blade speeds: 1700 & 3500 FPM” Taken from Grizzly’s website.

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#15 posted 01-08-2012 07:57 PM

i like the grizzly 513p but it does not come with roller bearing guides unless you spend 300 more and get the x2

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