|Forum topic by Richard||posted 02-18-2013 10:20 PM||1153 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
02-18-2013 10:20 PM
I’ve been sizing up bandsaws, reading nearly everything I can find about 14 inch saws.
Some limiting factors – I only have 110/20 amp service in my garage and upgrading to 220/30 amp is a nice idea, but not an option in the short run. If and when I have a new garage built, it will be without question part of the build.
Price – $1000 hard ceiling. That includes accessories, blades, mobile bases, etc. No Shipping! No Shipping! No Shipping! Did I mention No Shipping? Shipping charges will inflate the final price paid and I have worked with shipping companies enough to know that it’s a roll of the dice. Lot’s of negative reviews of tools start out complaining about shipping damage. No thanks, I have enough aggravation in my life.
I am determined to buy locally, where I can get eyeball to eyeball with the seller if issues arise.
I have narrowed it down to a couple of contenders.
In order of preference:
Shop Fox W1706 – Available locally for $549+tax. I have seen the machine demo’d. Reviews are in somewhat short supply. The seller also does warranty work for Shop Fox which I consider a huge plus. I know Shop Fox and Grizzly are essentially the same, but Grizzly is not under consideration because of shipping.
Rikon 10-320 – not available locally, the local Woodcraft can order it with their regular shipment, but needs a two week lead time. $649+tax. No shipping costs. I have not seen it demo’d, but there are tons of reviews of the saw, mostly favorable. I know the Craftsman BAS350 is essentially the same saw, but by the time I buy the Rikon fence for it I haven’t saved much. And I am suspicious about what other cost cutting measures Sears may have forced on Rikon for the BAS350.
Rikon 10-325 – nice saw, but at $929+tax exceeds my $1000 limit, so it is not in play.
I am not looking for alternatives to the two saws, my mind is pretty well made up that I will buy one of the two in the next 24 hours. But would like to hear opinions for or against either one.
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