18" badsaw decisions .... current contenders are Jet and Rikon

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Forum topic by CANDL posted 01-03-2013 02:30 AM 1118 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-03-2013 02:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw


Looking at the Jet JWBS-18QT (3HP,220) or the Rikon 10-345 (2.5 HP,220).

Primarily looking at resawing and cutting turning blanks.

The Jet retails for ~1800 with the Rikon 1500 (On Sale 999).... so basically opinions owners/users?

I have two pieces of Jet gear and quite happy with them, but at 1.8x the price does it make sense.


I have read some online reviews and while folks rate both of them high, both brands seem to made a few lemons and the owners are quite vocal

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#1 posted 01-03-2013 02:41 AM

Lotta guys are saying Jet is down the tubes with the
woodworking machines. Plenty of enthusiasm
for the Rikon machines these days too… at the
price points they sell at it seems people are willing
to tolerate the fit and finish glitches… and allegedly
better parts support than Grizzly.

I very seldom buy new machinery, personally.

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#2 posted 01-03-2013 02:51 AM

I like my little Rikon.
And I get the feeling that Jet is living on reputation mostly.
So, for an extra 1/2 hp and a better price to boot, not a hard decision for me.
YMMV however.

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#3 posted 01-03-2013 02:57 AM


Agree with the preference on used machinery (and cars) but I have been watching Craigslist etc for ~9 months with nothing of interest showing up…. and staring at a load of poplar to resaw in doll cradles. Well lets say the need is creating the demand.


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#4 posted 01-03-2013 03:00 AM

At my community service they have the same jet but with 1.75 hp and I HATE IT. It just has so many little annoying design flaws. If you would like to know specifics pm me. I have used a rikon 14” and thats what I would have bought if I hadn’t gotten a free powermatic.

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#5 posted 01-03-2013 03:41 AM

I have the Rikon 10-345 only because I had to wait 4 months to get the grizzly 514X2B, I would get the X2B if I had to do over again because of the heavy Table 2inches thick and rack and pinion table adjust and great resaw fence but I really like my Rikon it has been great go ahead and get the Rikon and order the Carter grooved bearing for sawing curves and bandsaw boxes and you will be fine I like the power and the grizzly has 3hp to 2.5 for the rikon but I resaw 10inch oak and it cuts like butter with a 1inch timberwolf 3tpi

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#6 posted 01-03-2013 05:30 PM

You should go for Jet bandsaw.

-- "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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#7 posted 01-03-2013 05:36 PM

I love my smaller 14in Rikon 10-325 BS. That being said, I wish I had the 18in Rikon. I have resawn over 9in on my 14in, though the bigger 18in BS allows so much more capacity in table size and blade width. And at $1,000 is represents a good bargain, IMO.

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

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#8 posted 01-03-2013 05:51 PM

one of my best woodworking days was when i sold an 18’ jet jwbs-18 and replaced it for $50 less with a rikoin 10-340. since it sounds like you are buying new tools, the jet would be a terrific way to waste about $800 relative to the rikon. IME with the jet vs rikon, the rikon is a better designed saw than the jwbs-18 and it’s components seem to be beefier and more substantial. if the subject jet has a triangular frame, that one supposedly does not incur frame flexing to the extent the jwbs-18 did. and as far as the companies that back the two products, on it’s best day, jet can’t hold a candle to rikon in either customer service or technical support. if you gave me a new jet product for free, i’d sell it and buy the same type of tool from either grizzly or rikon.

if unwise purchases of overrated brand names are your mindset, jet is the BS for you.

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

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#9 posted 01-04-2013 12:16 AM

I bought a Rikon 18” about a year ago and did a review on LJs. I wanted it for resawing and cutting turning blanks like you. It has plenty of power and good capacity. With good blades it resaws beautifully. I’d buy the Rikon and perhaps buy another tool with the difference.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#10 posted 01-04-2013 12:40 AM

The title of your post says “Badsaw.” Was that typo, or are you one of those masochistic woodworkers I’ve been hearing about? From the above posts, I’d conclude that the Jet is the badsaw you’re looking for.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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