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10-29-2012 10:45 PM

I have done hours of internet searches, and have seen all there (probably is).
I love the Laguna. Too much for my budget.
I am looking to spend less than $1000.
That leaves:
Grizzly
Rikon *
Jet
General
and no thanks, Delta shit the bed lately.

I wish I could afford a Powermatic, yet they are $1200
Any suggestions – 14” under a grand.

-- Steve - Dust sucks!


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#1 posted 10-29-2012 10:47 PM

Oh, Re-Sawing is my priority.

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#2 posted 10-29-2012 10:49 PM

Seems like the Rikons get rave reviews around here. The 10-325 is on sale at Woodcraft right now.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#3 posted 10-29-2012 10:57 PM

Go with the Rikon 10-325. 799.99 and a 100 dollar gift card at woodcraft. They also have the 18” rikon on sale for 999.99 (500.00 off)

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#4 posted 10-29-2012 11:04 PM

Man, if you’ve got 220 available and resawing is your goal I think I’d go for that Rikon 18 inch for $999.

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#5 posted 10-29-2012 11:07 PM

That’s the saw I was most interested in. That’s why I put stars by it.
It seems like a real nice saw for the $.
What about Grizzly, does anyone own one, and how are they?? I am a little concerned after buying a jointer by them, it just seems…average at best. Kinda asian made, maybe a bigger and better Harbor Frieght if they had the investors.. ha

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#6 posted 10-29-2012 11:13 PM

I have a panel at my disposal, 2 circuts will fit, lots of open slots.
18 ” of a saw is more than i need, but for a G that’s nice

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#7 posted 10-29-2012 11:13 PM

If I had $1000 to spend on a bandsaw, I would not even consider a 14” machine.
This would likely be my choice:

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#8 posted 10-29-2012 11:16 PM

See, that’s what I mean.
That saw looks awesome, I mean, really nice, but is it the saw that is worthy?
I read so many reviews on Band Saws and I just cannot decide…
Do I wait for a Laguna?

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#9 posted 10-29-2012 11:26 PM

You can always wait and see if there’s something better. You can wait ‘till the cows come home and have nothing but cows in the end. :)

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#10 posted 10-29-2012 11:44 PM

what kind’a cow have you got Charlie?

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#11 posted 10-30-2012 12:56 AM

FWIW, i have a rikon 10-340, predecessor to the 10-345. it is a beast. and in my contact with rikon, i wish all companies were like them relative to CS. if i didn’t have the 10-340, i’d look seriously at the 10-345, and i try to never buy new tools.

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

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#12 posted 10-30-2012 02:15 AM

I’ve had my 17” Extreme Series Grizzly for 3 years and still love it. Its primary job has been resawing lumber from firewood and I cut a lot of tough wood: Hedge,Blackjack,etc. I like it a lot better since I put a 1”, 1TPI resaw blade on it. I then take all the guides off, put the Carter Stabilizer and a 1/4” blade and cut bandsaw boxes like I posted tonight. If mine ever dies, I’d buy another just like it!

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

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#13 posted 10-30-2012 03:19 AM

I’d get the 17 or 18, bigger resaw means bigger projects. Good to have the flexibility. My nest BS is going to be the biggest I can get. I don’t care that much about the brand name, leave that to the snobs as long as it does what I want.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#14 posted 10-30-2012 03:27 AM

Wait and get the saw you want. Don’t want to regret it or always second guess your choice to settle for something…I have and regret it still…

Keep is posted on what you decide!

-- If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice...

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#15 posted 10-30-2012 04:27 AM

I have used my brothers rikon 10-325 many times for resaw projects cutting many hardwoods and have to say never had any problems Thats my new toy goal before this year is over. On sale now at w/c 799.00

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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