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empty5853

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507 days ago

Hello ,
I’m looking into getting a band saw for my shop. I like both the Rikon and the Grizzly. I know the Rikon gets good reviews but so does the Grizzly. Here’s some info. on them.

Rikon 10-325 14” Band saw
• Cost – $1,045 shipped (Amazon)
• 1-1/2 hp
• 13” resaw capacity
• Really good reviews
• 16-by-21-1/2-inch work table
• Cutting capacity/throat: 13-5/8” left of blade

Grizzly G0513X2 17” Bandsaw
• Cost – $1,194 shipped (but I have a 10% off coupon)
• 2 hp
• 12-1/8” resaw capacity
• Pretty good reviews
• 23-5/8” x 17-1/4” work table
• Cutting capacity/throat: 16-1/4” left of blade

I plan to do some resawing and other things but I don’t really need the extra 1” capacity on the Rikon. I like the 2 hp on the Grizzly. They both have cast iron wheels. The Grizzly has cast iron trunnions. The Rikon says “cast trunnions”. I’ll assume iron like the Grizzly.

I know it’s not a true apples to apples comparision as it’s 2 different size machines but I was looking at the price and what might my “best bang for the buck”.

I’d like to know what you think.

Vr
Mark T.


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Bill White

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#1 posted 507 days ago

The Rikon stuff gets pretty positive reviews, but for price/value and customer service and support, the Grizz products are hard to beat.
I’d go Grizz.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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JesseTutt

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#2 posted 507 days ago

I have the Grizzly and love it. It also comes with a magnetic contactor switch so if the power fails or the plug is pulled out it will not automatically restart when the power returns. Good roller bearing blade glides. The only thing I had to do was to adjust the entire upper glide assembly because it was angled when built. Not a problem to loosen 3 screws and gently tap; test; and repeat.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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Tennessee

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#3 posted 507 days ago

I own the Grizzly G0513X2BF.
Here’s the deal. The larger table, you may think you don’t need it, then when you get it you wonder what you were thinking. If nothing else, it makes a good place to put the cut planks as you resaw. The extra throat distance you will use within a month or two, gauranteed.

The drawback is this: Since Grizzly changed to the bigger table and much, much heavier fence, my top limit is now 11 7/8”. It ain’t much, but I recently traded messages with a fellow who thought the 1 1/8” between the Rikon and the Grizzly was a big deal. Personally, I’ve never resawed much of anything over ten inches, so for me it is fine.
And the bigger fence and table is great.

Also, much as I hate to beat this to death, I absolutely LOVE my magnetic brake on my Grizzly. You can disable the mag brake on the Grizzly by turning off the contactor at the top on/off switch on the front. Those cast iron wheels turn for a loooong time. I know you can put your foot on that friction brake on the X2 model, but for me, holding up a heavy log while trying to lift my right leg to get it on that big red pedal, and also press it down to stop the wheel is not in my cards, especially if most of the wood is on the back of the table. Get the magnetic brake. Stops the blade in about three seconds and it only takes a slight push on the red pedal or a quick tap on the big red button. I personally prefer to keep both feet on the ground and usually just tap the red button.
I also only use a 2 1/2” vacuum on my upper port, keeps the whole saw clean. Have never used a vacuum on the bottom port.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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runswithscissors

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#4 posted 507 days ago

Larger wheel size allows bigger, heavier blades. Bob, of “Bob’s Super Saw Shop” in Bellingham, told me once that larger diameter wheels mean longer blade life, as well, as the blades don’t have to flex over as small a radius.

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ShaneA

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#5 posted 507 days ago

You may be able to catch the Rikon on a sale. I know WC puts them on sale regularly.

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crank49

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#6 posted 507 days ago

I’d go for the bigger size, no matter whether it’s Grizzly or Rikon. they are both good saws.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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gtbuzz

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#7 posted 507 days ago

I’d probably lean towards the Grizzly all things being equal simply because of the greater throat capacity. I’ve got the 10-325 and I don’t think I’ve ever resawed anything over 12 1/8”, but I have wished I had just a little bit more throat capacity. That’s not to say the Rikon is not a fantastic bandsaw though because I’m quite fond of it.

$1050 seems a little high to me. Like ShaneA said, the Rikon goes on sale at Woodcraft pretty frequently for $749 to $799. I bought mine from Highland for $799 and they threw in a bunch of freebies. It’s actually that price right now but freight charges are $225 or so (with residential and liftgate), so it’s not much of a savings.

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Marcus

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#8 posted 507 days ago

I just wanted to echo what others have said about the price of the Rikon. You can buy them at Menards here for right around $900 out the door (using 10% coupon and including tax), so for what the saw sells for “out in the wild” is a bit cheaper than listed. They’re both great saws, you just have to decide if the extra couple hundred is worth it to you to get the benefits other have mentioned.

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syenefarmer

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#9 posted 507 days ago

Marcus, where does one find a Menards 10% off coupon?

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toolie

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#10 posted 507 days ago

The Grizzly has cast iron trunnions. The Rikon says “cast trunnions”. I’ll assume iron like the Grizzly.

according to rikon the upper and lower trunions are not CI. they are an aluminum and iron mix that has, according to rikon, the strength of CI but the weight of aluminum.

if you can get the griz for ~$1075 (your 10% coupon), i’d still get the rikon for the 5 year guaranty vs. grizz’s 1 year. and i’d wait for the next WC sale and save enough for a good wood river mobile base and some lennox promaster blades form iturra design. it’d be a shame to put something like a timberwolf on a saw as fine as either of the unit’s being considered.

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

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Marcus

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#11 posted 507 days ago

syenefarmer Menard’s price matches competitor coupons. They only match up to 10%, but I’ve taken the HF coupon on that is readily available online and the manager will knock 10% off. You can google “Lowes Moving Coupon” to get a free lowes 10% coupon or just spend a $1 or $2 on ebay to buy one. Im not sure if Menards has their own 10% coupons.

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Marcus

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#12 posted 507 days ago

syenefarmer Menard’s price matches competitor coupons. They only match up to 10%, but I’ve taken the HF coupon on that is readily available online and the manager will knock 10% off. You can google “Lowes Moving Coupon” to get a free lowes 10% coupon or just spend a $1 or $2 on ebay to buy one. Im not sure if Menards has their own 10% coupons.

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Marcus

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#13 posted 507 days ago

Sorry for the double post, not sure how I managed to do that.

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Surfside

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#14 posted 507 days ago

I remember once said that broken Rikon saws are better than old working Grizzly saws. But I don’t know if I can justify the statement. Anyway, with those aforementioned specs, I’d go with Griz.

-- "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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Howie

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#15 posted 507 days ago

Be happy go big!

-- Life is good.

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