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Forum topic by Micahm posted 200 days ago 392 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Micahm

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200 days ago

Hello, I am looking for a bandsaw and a table saw and just checking if anyone has any advice on the ones I am looking at. I am looking at the “Grizzly 17 Anniversary model and I am also looking at the “Rikon 14 Deluxe Band Saw. Both are in a good price range for me and it can either be a 115v or 120v. Which you you suggest?

Also I am looking at the Grizzly Hybrid table saw. Any advice on it?

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me. - Tony Konovaloff


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Tedstor

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#1 posted 200 days ago

All mentioned machines will serve you well.
Between the Grizzly and Rikon, I’d go with the 17” Grizzly.

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#2 posted 200 days ago

I own a Rikon 14” bandsaw and a Grizzly Model G0690 3hp (220v) table saw, both added to my shop within the past year. I am very pleased with each of them and would recommend them to anyone in the market.

Of course, like anything else, you’re going to get folks with a strong bias to what they have and like. There are Chevy guys and Chrysler guys – it all comes down to what you like. I’m more than satisfied with both of these tools.

-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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HorizontalMike

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#3 posted 200 days ago

I have the 14in Rikon and love it. I resaw all of my lumber so it gets a lot of use.

That said, I would go with the larger 17in Grizzly, if I were to do it again. I bought my BS at a local WC and paid just $675 +3yr ago. I was just getting into WW at the time. I have two other Grizzly machines, a G0690 TS and G0593 8in jointer. Both work fine, and I would not hesitate to buy Grizzly again if/when I need another piece of equipment.

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

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Micahm

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#4 posted 200 days ago

I looked at the G0690 TS you guys are talking about, how much better is it actually than the G0715P? Is it enough difference to justify the $500 dollars more?

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me. - Tony Konovaloff

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Micahm

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#5 posted 200 days ago

Oh also it will be going in a 14×28 building, so it needs to be sorta movable if needed.

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me. - Tony Konovaloff

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toolie

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#6 posted 200 days ago

Is it enough difference to justify the $500 dollars more?

yes. the components of the 690 and 1023 are much mnore substantial than the 715. not that the 715 is a bad saw, but there have been a couple of issues noted on this board about it’s blade to miter slot alignment changing with changing blade elevation and one or two issues surrounding it’s operation on 110v. if the funds aren’t a deal breaker, the griz 3 hp cabinet saws represent a good value in new cabinet saws.

Oh also it will be going in a 14×28 building, so it needs to be sorta movable if needed.

this is a great mobile base:

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2080750/33126/WoodRiver-Universal-Mobile-Base-Hardware-Kit.aspx

with additional hardware, it will accept double layered 3/4” plywood which would make for an extremely substantial base to whatever size is needed. and the two swiveling casters are much better than the single caster of the delta (and rockler clone) mobile bases (DAMHIKT).

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

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Ron Ford

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#7 posted 200 days ago

Micahm – You’d have to decide if the heavier motor (3 hp vs. 2 hp) and other beefier features are worth it to you. I don’t regret getting the G0690 and haven’t had a single instance where it couldn’t handle the load I put to it.

Like Toolie says, a mobile base (I have an HTC one on my saw) is absolutely worthwhile. That brings up the one shortcoming I have seen that Grizzly didn’t allow for, and that is the too-short 6’ power cord it comes equipped with. My first job after setting it up was to rewire in a longer cord. Just be sure to use the proper plug and gauge of material.

-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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