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710 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: rikon bandsaw

I don’t know if this is in all franchises but my local WC is having a blowout event and selling the 14” BS for $749.99 for a ONE DAY ONLY SPECIAL on Wed. 9/12/2012. I just got an email with notice. I did NOT see it on their website. FYI, if interested.

FWIW, I have had mine for +3 years and love it. I think I paid $699 back then, so this price actually is a good price if available in YOUR local WC.

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


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Surfside

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#1 posted 710 days ago

Can you tell us more about the saw, Mike? Is this a great 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 710 days ago

That appears to be the Rikon 10-325. If it is, it’s a great saw. That is the one I had lined up in my sights until I came across a deal on a Shop Fox 19”.

It has a 13” resaw capacity and a very stiff spine. My friends with a low production furniture shop have one and it’s great.

In my opinion, it’s the best 14” bandsaw you can buy (without spending much more) and use without having to add on risers out of the box… but I like to be able to do 8”+ resaws so that may be part of that reasoning.

You can buy cheaper saws that are just as good by Grizzly, but this saw is top notch on fit and finish out of the box (IMO).

For the past 1/2 year, it’s been hovering on Amazon at 950-1050 bucks.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#3 posted 710 days ago

I run my Rikon 10-325 14” with a Timber Wolf 3/4” 3TPI blade and use it almost exclusively to resaw roughsawn stock, mostly Ash and Maple. I converted mine to run on 240v because I had wired several outlets in my garage/shop with 240v service. There is much discussion on greater longevity with 240v vs 120v on motors and starting/lasting: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/23791

Also, in the “Reviews” section you will find 5 reviews of the 10-325. This Rikon also has been mentioned several times in other threads when talking about choosing the best bang for the buck BS:

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/product/16

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

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Surfside

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#4 posted 710 days ago

That’s what I want to hear , Doss!

-- "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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#5 posted 710 days ago

Doss: I’d say the Laguna 14 SUV has something to say about your statement. However, it’s twice the price of this Rikon.

Surfside: I’m hoping for the Laguna someday, but realistically, I’ll probably end up with this one. If I hadn’t spent $800 on tools LAST month, I’d probably jump on this deal (or something similar) with the Rikon.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#6 posted 710 days ago

Jay, I agree and you are correct, but it’s because I got derailed when I was typing my first response. I have now corrected it.

For the money, it’s a hard saw to beat. You’d need to get a riser kit on the Grizzly (still a good saw regardless), but to beat the Rikon on all aspects, you have to spend more. That’s not saying a Grizzly saw (or even a Harbor Freight saw if you were willing to spend the time, money, and engineering effort to fab up some stuff) can’t do the same as the Rikon. It’s just the Rikon is ready out of the box. The Sears 14” that looks like this Rikon comes close, but having fiddled with both in person, it’s just not the same.

Jay, you also suffer from the same thing as me obviously, we buy stuff and then a deal comes along and we can’t buy that too… or can we? LOL

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#7 posted 710 days ago

LOL…yeppers! This last month I got the DeWalt Trim Router combo and the Ridgid Spindle Sander. And then along came eBay and some guy selling his Performax 22/44 Pro…which I stole for $405.

I’m not crying. I’ll get that bandsaw one of these days…just have to stop spending so much money on the wife and kids…a guy has his priorities, you know? :)

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#8 posted 709 days ago

Jay, “someday” has to come, and it will certainly come. You just need to be more careful in your decision making specially in dealing with trading or buying. Just be patient.

-- "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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#9 posted 709 days ago

Your right, Surfside. I knew I shouldn’t have gone on that expensive vacation last month!!!

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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Surfside

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#10 posted 709 days ago

Well, if you’ve enjoyed the vacation, there is no reason to regret spending it. It’s more than the value you’ve spent, it’s the happiness and the experience that gets the count.

-- "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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