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Forum topic by Richard posted 02-18-2013 10:20 PM 1566 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2013 10:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

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.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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#1 posted 02-18-2013 10:31 PM

Flip a coin, Rikon = Heads, Shop Fox = Tails.

If you don’t like the outcome, you know which one you want.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 02-18-2013 10:38 PM

Shop Fox W1706 has few good feedback. Rikon 10-320 has many positive reviews. Both have 2 year warranty and expensive saws.

-- "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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#3 posted 02-18-2013 10:51 PM

too bad about that 24 hr deadline. the 10-325 usually goes on sale at least twice a year at woodcraft. last christmas, it was $799 with a $100 gift card for blades and accessories. ruling out the bas350, which is a derivative of the 22401, is a dicey decision. they are both like the 10-320, only the bas350 is $200+ less. i bought and sold two 22401s when sears discontinued them. that was a REALLY sweat unit. more features and power than a 10-320 at a lower price.

given your two stated choices, the SF is my choice for its features. also, it has a tension release feature. the 10-320 doesn’t. and with the upper blade mechanisms inside the upper wheel cabinet, there’s no way to retrofit a release to the 10-320.

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

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#4 posted 02-18-2013 11:07 PM

I have the Shop Fox 1706 for a year now and have had no issues. I have resawed 4×6’s with it and cut curves as well (of course with different blades). The users manual is excellant and I have no problems changing blades and making needed adjustments. It is convertible from 110 to 220 which I will do shortly as I’m installing 220 to support the Shop Fox table saw that I’m getting later this week. I got mine at a local supplier for the same reason you are looking local instead of worrying about the shipping issues and service. My local supplier has a woodworking show every year and Shop Fox offers 10% off plus they set it up and tune it. I’m sure the Rickon is a nice saw so I can’t speak to it. If you want to add a riser block you can get one from Grizzly but I haven’t yet as I don’t have a need for it. Good luck.

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#5 posted 02-18-2013 11:09 PM

Call the closest WC and see f they can swing the 10-325 for $799, or wait till March 1st, looks like all power tools will be 10% off that weekend. Worth it to wait hair longer…good luck.

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#6 posted 02-18-2013 11:18 PM

Just in case you change your mind about shipping, Highland has the 10-325 on sale for $799.

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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#7 posted 02-18-2013 11:22 PM

Richard, I bought the below Craftsman band saw on Friday. It is a nice piece of machinery. I bought a good 5/8” blade and used it a bunch this past weekend making a nightstand. I resawed a 7 1/4” wide piece of pine and a 6” piece of maple. It was easy to set up and once I got it there, it cuts straight with no issues. I got an additional 1/4” blade, a magnetic fence, and a mobile base and all totaled it came to just over $700. Great value and wirth the money. LumberJoe did a write up on it so you can research it’s performance from him also.

-- Mike

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#8 posted 02-19-2013 12:18 AM

Menards also has the Rikon for the same price, free ship-to store, but also 2-3 week lead time. Don’t think that’d qualify for one of their 11% off sales, though…

I also looked at some Rikon tools before, and I liked that Rikon didn’t seem to be cheaply made, but instead took a “no frills” approach.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#9 posted 02-19-2013 12:43 AM

just a thought the HF 14” is a pretty nice saw and a lot cheaper. do a search a lot of people really like them, I do.
really what’s in a BS a motor, bearings, wheels, tires , and a name. so why not save some money on a name and use the $ for upgrades

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#10 posted 02-19-2013 04:27 PM

I just took delivery (30 minutes ago) of the 10-325 from Amazon at $1,024 with Prime no-shipping. I took the no-frills years ago with a 3/4 HP Grizzly and regretted it from day 1. Gave it away to a shelter workshop. I do like my Grizzly TS and Jointer. I won’t buy a Craftsman based on my experience with some of their other tools – could be wrong but burn me once shame on you, burn me twice… The 325 offers 1.5HP, beefier blade guide system, viewing window and other frills.

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#11 posted 02-19-2013 04:30 PM

Woodcraft is having 10% off their power tools the 1st and 2nd of March, so you could get the 10-325 under your price ceiling then. They’ll let you order it now so its in their store on the 1st for pick up.

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#12 posted 02-19-2013 04:35 PM

I’d wait a little while if you could and try to get the 10-325. It may be $949 right now, but it seems to go on sale at Woodcraft a few times a year for $749 to $799. It’s the exact same footprint as the 10-320 and you get the extra resaw capacity and extra half a horse. In the long run, I’m sure you’ll be happy you spent the extra $150.

I’ve got this one myself and am pretty happy with it. I picked mine up for $799 from Highland with a bunch of extras. Occasionally it goes on sale for $750 there.

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