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08-31-2012 02:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

I am looking to buy my first bandsaw, and I am considering a Rikon, 2.5 HP, 18 inch; a Jet 708749B, 1.5 HP, 16 inch; and a Woodtek, 2 HP, 18 inch. All are more-or-less in budget. But, I have no way to rate overall quality/value as I don’t know anyone with experience in this arena.

I’m inclined to go with the Rikon just because of size and horsepower. But it’s also pushing the budget limit more than a little.

I would appreciate any thoughts on the subject.

Based on some of the things I’ve read here, I’m now also considering a Grizzly 17 inch, 2 HP. Thanks.

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#1 posted 08-31-2012 02:59 PM

If I were to decide, I’d go with the Rikon. It has a stronger machine and has bigger capacity. That is because I cut bigger loads. But it’s more than enough of what you need to cut, you can choose the smaller saw.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#2 posted 08-31-2012 03:05 PM

Thanks, Surfside. I appreciate that.

I’m now also looking at a Grizzly because of things people have posted here.

I’m setting up my first “real” shop, and I want to do it right.

In the past, I’ve limited myself by not buying enough tool up front then outgrowing what I bought. I’m trying to avoid that this time. I’ve never resawn anything. But then, I was never able to either.

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#3 posted 08-31-2012 03:12 PM

Take a look at the Grizzly line ( I just bought one.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#4 posted 08-31-2012 03:25 PM

Blade width matters to me so I’d look at which ones take
the widest blades.

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#5 posted 08-31-2012 04:09 PM

See Loren’s advice too! Add it with the quality of the blade you use and you’re good to go!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#6 posted 08-31-2012 04:21 PM

i’d go with the rikon, especially if it’s the 10-345. i’m not impartial as i have a 10-340 and it is a beast of a saw. far, far superior to the jet jwbs-18 i sold to some ll informed tool snob who had to have a jet BS. he got a nice one, but it couldn’t hold a candle to the rikon. and rikon’s CS and tech support are FAR superior to anything you will ever get from jet. it’ll be the last BS you’ll ever have to buy.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#7 posted 08-31-2012 06:09 PM

Thanks guys!

OK, for about the same price as the Rikon 10-345, I could buy a Grizzly G0514X2 19 inch, 3 HP with a wider range of blade widths. Reviews of the Rikon say its weak spot is the fence. The Grizzly seems to have a solid fence.

Or, I could save some money on the smaller Grizzly.

Am I missing anything?

I suppose I’ve taken enough of your time. But, the more I read, the more I’m leaning Grizzly.

Thanks again folks.

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#8 posted 08-31-2012 06:39 PM

I have Grizzly products, Table saw Go691, Dost collection System G0703P, 8” sharpening System 16 piece fostenor bits etc Their products are fine. I had some issues with the delivery of TS and they went out of their way to make it right from the day I reported it and did follow-up until they knew I was pleased. Like wise the 8” sharpening wheel will not utilize the planner blade attachment as advertised. Their Tech support verified my report,made arrangements for its return and gave me a product as a gift for reporting a problem. Just supre fine people at all three of their offices

Incindently I want their 17” bvand saw as soon as I can afford it.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#9 posted 09-01-2012 02:56 AM

I researched bandsaws pretty extensively before I bought my 17” Extreme Series Grizzly. I have had it several years and been very happy with it. I felt the features included in the Extreme Series made it well worth the extra $ over the standard 17”. All the cast iron (wheels, trunions) plus the resaw fence and the 1” blade capacity sold me. Lack of power has never been an issue even when resawing 12” Bois de Arc!

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

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#10 posted 09-01-2012 03:03 AM

Don’t know much about the different saws but the Grizzly people are very good to do business with. Every issue with there products or just questions I had have been handled professionally and courteosly.

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#11 posted 09-02-2012 08:17 PM

Thanks, everyone!

I really appreciate all of the great input. I’m coming down in favor of the Grizzly Extreme, either 17 or 19 inch.

We’re breaking ground on the shop in a couple of weeks, so it’ll probably be at least a month or two before I can set up the saw. I’ll try to remember togive a report when I do.


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#12 posted 09-02-2012 09:27 PM

Before recommending a particular bandsaw what, are you going to cut with a bandsaw and how often? Depending upon what you want to do with a bandsaw a smaller bandsaw might just serve you well.

I like the Rikon because newer design than others mentioned here and 142 blade length an even number. Current sale price really makes it competitive with Grizzly. Of course in store or where you ordering from can affect price too. Seem to go on sale couple, times a year so shop around for best price.

One great feature of both Grizzly and Rikon bandsaws is ability of reading owner’s manual on line. Should give you an idea of which bandsaw more comfortable with. Warranty information also important.

Good luck with your new bandsaw.

-- Bill

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#13 posted 09-02-2012 11:01 PM

Thanks, Bill. Good advice on the documentation.


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#14 posted 09-02-2012 11:32 PM

The VA bought me the Grizzly Bandsaw G0636×5hp 16 3/4” resaw

However, I would like a smaller one also for the 1/8” to 1/4” blades like the G0555LX 14” 1hp

I also have a Harbour Frieght 9” for little things

Edit: I would suggest getting the Very Best bandsaw you can get now and later you can pick up smaller ones that you could use for Bandsaw boxes or other things.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#15 posted 09-02-2012 11:36 PM

Based on the performance of the Rikon bandsaw that I have.I would strongly recommend the Rikon.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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