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Forum topic by rhabyan posted 04-25-2013 08:24 PM 782 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rhabyan

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04-25-2013 08:24 PM

I just ordered a Steel City 14” bandsaw. I am not going to do production work but, will be doing some resawing and thought the 12” capacity might be needed at some time. I have looked at some reviews and there seems to be a mixed consensus on this particular machine but, none of the reviews are under 4 years old. I would think the kinks should have been worked out by now. Anyway, what do you all think?


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crank49

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#1 posted 04-25-2013 09:29 PM

I wouldn’t be expecting “the kinks should have been worked out by now” on anything.

No reflection on this particular company or specific product. I just haven’t seen much de-kinking going on these days. Case in point, the Craftsman 21833 / Ridgid 4512 table saw. I got one nearly 4 years ago with a major manufacturer’s defect, and I still read on this forum where people are still having the same problem. There is no way the manufacturer could not know about this problem. They apparently just decided they could sell enough product to make money and deal with the few people who are willing to lug a 300lb machine back to the dealer or ship it to a service center.

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

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toolie

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#2 posted 04-25-2013 10:14 PM

is this the unit being referred to:

http://steelcitytoolworks.com/products_category.cfm?section=2&category=2

two things jump out at me. first, a granite lower wheel. seems like a good idea, but no one else, to my knowledge, offers a similar feature. second, the riser is one piece, so that’s an advantage over a regular 14” with a 6” riser.

but if that’s the saw being considered, and it goes for ~ $800, i’d consider the rikon 10-325. currently available for ~$800 (was $750 last christmas). 13+” of resaw and more traditional components. same 5 year guaranty but the 10-325 is a universally well regarded 14” BS.

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

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Bill White

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#3 posted 04-25-2013 11:05 PM

I’m very pleased with my 14” Grizz 0555LX. Haven’t added the riser yet, but the saw was all I expected.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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NiteWalker

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#4 posted 04-25-2013 11:41 PM

Kudos to Rikon for upping their warranty to 5 years.
I would cancel the steel city order and get the 10-325 from woodcraft. That bandsaw has a proven track record.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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rhabyan

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#5 posted 04-26-2013 12:40 AM

Thanks for the info. I am going to see if I can cancel the order and get the 10-325 instead.

rh

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Marcus

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#6 posted 04-26-2013 01:46 AM

Just ordered a 10-325 from woodcraft today myself. Seemed like the best bang for the buck in the lower end bandsaws.

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rhabyan

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#7 posted 04-26-2013 03:21 PM

I decided to go ahead and cancel the order for the Steel City. I then went ahead and bought a 14CS Powermatic instead. I’ll see how it performs once it gets here – Tomorrow. Any thoughts about this machine?

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bbasiaga

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#8 posted 04-26-2013 03:37 PM

I got the Shop fox 14” model, and I like it so far. For less than $600 locally (new) it was a great deal. Eventually I’ll get the riser. It has nice bearing guides, easy tension adjustment and quick release, and cast iron wheels. Plus it has a fence. In this class of saw it is realy nice, especially considering some of the upgrades it comes with over the otherwise identical Grizz models for the same price.

-Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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Marcus

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#9 posted 04-26-2013 03:39 PM

I think you should ask about the bandsaws before you buy them =)

Here is a good comparison of bandsaws I would assume are in your price range and meet your needs based on the two you mentioned:

http://www.woodmagazine.com/woodworking-tools/reviews/band-saws/deluxe-bandsaws-models/

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NiteWalker

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#10 posted 04-26-2013 05:22 PM

I can’t see a single advantage the powermatic has over the 10-325…

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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ShaneA

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#11 posted 04-26-2013 05:33 PM

I am happy with my Rikon 10-325. But I did see a recent advertisement for a Grizzly 17” 30th Anny model 2hp for $795. Sounds like a lot of saw at that price point.

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toolie

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#12 posted 04-26-2013 06:18 PM

I think you should ask about the bandsaws before you buy them =)

is this the saw:

http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2005243/20930/powermatic-14-bandsaw-model-pwbs14cs.aspx

if it is, it can’t hold a candle to this rikon:

http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2020041/18855/rikon-14-deluxe-bandsaw-model-10325.aspx

there isn’t one significant area of comparison where the powermatic bests the rikon. even with the free riser block, the rikon still has greater resaw capacity.

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

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