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Forum topic by ardbeg posted 03-12-2012 02:16 PM 1150 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-12-2012 02:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw question help rikon jet

I got the go ahead to get a new Bandsaw and have narrowed it down to two 14” models. With the sale at Woodcraft right now they are only $50 different in price.

The two are the Rikon 325 and the Jet Deluxe”":

Main differences seem to be Rikon having 1/4 hp more, 1.5 inches of additional resaw capacity, and bigger table it also includes the fence which the Jet doesn’t. However the get is cast instead of welded steel for the upright. I guess my concern is reliability. I have a JET TS and love it. I have heard good things about Rikon but have no direct experience. When it comes down to it with the fence I guess the JET is about $150 more. Is it worth it?

Thanks for your help!

-- You may delay, but time will not. --Ben Franklin

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#1 posted 03-12-2012 02:55 PM

There are many of us who love our 14in Rikons. To be honest, I am not sure that there is much difference between these two models. You will most likely be happy with either choice. The only word of caution is that all companies have a lemon pop up once in a while, so carry a large salt shaker when weighing the discontent…


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

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#2 posted 03-12-2012 03:05 PM

I have the Rikon and as far as the fence, its nothing to write home about. I ended up buying the carter magfence. I liked the Jet as well but it wasnt on sale when I purchased. The instructions on the Rikon kind of well suck and they have parts shown that dont match whats given etc, but there realy isnt much to assemble on it. As far as tuning it, I just used a band saw book for that. I have been happy for the most part with it. The bottom guide is a real bear to adjust IMO, but i ended up putting carter guides on too. I think I drank the blue koolaide at the woodworking show. I have resawn 10 in think maple without any real issue at all, and with the carter stabilizer on it I can now do very intricate work with the bandsaw. Both machines have a good warranty and are equaly priced Id say go with which ever one you like the look of. You wont be disappointed either way.

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#3 posted 03-12-2012 03:12 PM

I purchased the Rikon 14in BS about 8 months ago and am very pleased with it with one exception. THe fence is not very good. Great resaw capacity and plenty of power for my work. The fence is not flat or square to the table and very difficult to adjust for drift. Simple solution is to make your own fence attachment to correct for it’s inaccuracies. Also, the light is poorly positioned and too short. I modified this based on an improvement by another lumberjock. I would rate the Rikon BS 4 out of 5.

-- Julian

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#4 posted 03-12-2012 08:41 PM

Thanks guys, that is good news. I am really leaning toward the Rikon and all of you seem to back that up. Any naysayers, or JET advocates out there?

-- You may delay, but time will not. --Ben Franklin

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#5 posted 03-12-2012 10:27 PM

I bought the Rikon for it’s resaw capacity. True the bottom guide is tricky to adjust but, all in all it’s the best saw out there for the money. A few months ago I found a Ridgid 14” bandsaw on Craig’s List for $125 and it’s setup with a 1/4” blade to cut everything that needs sharp turns or that is less than 7” tall. At least the Jet now comes with more resaw capacity and doesn’t require a riser kit. You won’t be able to tell which saw was used when you look at your finished woodworking projects.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 03-20-2012 01:07 PM

Thanks all, I opted for the Rikon. Now I just have to wait for my Woodcraft to get them back in stock-can’t wait.

-- You may delay, but time will not. --Ben Franklin

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#7 posted 03-20-2012 02:29 PM

You can get a nice Kreg fence for either, but you have to drill new holes for the Rikon and remove the fence when changing blades. With the Jet, the holes are already there, and no removal is necessary for blade changing. That alone would say Jet to me.

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#8 posted 03-20-2012 02:34 PM

I’m a JET guy, so I’d say JET. But there are more Rikon owners that JET owners, by my calculation. I figure they must have had a good reason:)

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

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