|Forum topic by Stupe||posted 11-06-2012 09:26 PM||2755 views||0 times favorited||18 replies|
11-06-2012 09:26 PM
Although money is not the sole determining factor, I am cost conscious and definitely don’t want to break the bank – especially since I am just (re)starting out. My plan was to keep it under 700 bucks or so.
I was at first looking at just purchasing the Porter Cable 14 inch at Lowes but I am not finding much on it and that kind of scares me. It does have a 1.5hp motor which I like and it is 449.00, which I like even more. Other than that it doesn’t look too fancy
But then I saw the Rikon 10-325 on sale at Woodcraft for 799.00 AND a 100 dollar gift card. Also, the Rikon comes with a fence and a 1.5hp motor as well. It also has a much larger re-saw capability. I was about ready to pull the trigger on the Rikon, but started reading reviews and although people seem to like the saw, everyone (even seemingly experienced folks) say what a pain in the rear it is to change/adjust the blades. Given that I am such a noob, this scared me.
As far as my usage intentions, they will start out pretty basic as I learn as I go. Pretty much just small projects at first and basic furniture. I do see myself doing some re-sawing, but nothing too extreme. I really want something that I can grow in to as well.
So, now I am torn and I hope that some of you experienced folks can help guide me to enlightenment.
I am open for other brands, and have heard great things about Grizzly, but I really wanted to buy from a brick and morter store in case I have probelms.
Thank you in advance for any insight.