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Forum topic by Chris P posted 12-04-2013 09:43 PM 2628 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chris P

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12-04-2013 09:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw grizzly rikon

I’m currently in the market for my first major power tool purchase, I’m debating between the Grizzly 14 ” ultimate anniversary edition vs the Rikon 14” Model 10-321. They are both in sale right now, I was leaning towards the Rikon due to its slightly better reputation, bigger resaw capacity and larger table. The Grizzly comes with a stock fence which seemed to get so-so reviews, the Rikon does not come with a fence but it is slightly cheaper than the Grizzly so the cost difference can be used towards a decent fence. One thing I noticed is that I can’t seem to find a riser block kit for the Rikon, does one exist? 8” of resaw capacity seems fine for most tasks but I don’t want to be kicking myself down the line if I’m looking for more and the Rikon does not offer a riser block. Any thoughts? Any advice would be great, I’m a primarily a hand tool user that is slowly making the transition a “hybrid woodworker” and I figured a good bandsaw would be a great start especially because of the sales going on right now, thanks people!

-- Chris, Long Island


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PaulDoug

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#1 posted 12-04-2013 10:56 PM

I purchased the Grizzly G0555X Extreme, this summer, which is almost the same saw, different color, and a few added upgrades, I think, this summer. I’ve been happy with it, although it seems like it is harder to get the proper blade tension with it, least harder than it was on my last saw. But aside from that I’ve very pleased. I’ll get the tension figured out one of these days. Haven’t done a lot of blade changes yet, because I hate changing a blade on a bandsaw.

Could be, but I don’t think there is a riser block for the Rikon.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 12-04-2013 11:34 PM

I just bought the Grizzly G0555 anniversary edition with the riser block last Friday. I can’t comment on the Rikon, but I know that I wanted the capability to do a 12” resaw should it ever come up. I can say that I don’t regret my choice after putting on a decent 1/2” resaw blade, it saws beautifully.

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Chris P

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#3 posted 12-05-2013 01:20 AM

Yeah after reading a lot of reviews it seems they are pretty much at the same level, except for the resaw capacity, which is a pretty big deal considering I want this to be a long term tool that I can get continued use out of. I think I’d really be an unhappy camper if a year or two from now I find a considerable need for a large resaw depth. Although I did read in the comments on one review that the Grizzly will only take Grizzly brand blades, is there any truth to this?

-- Chris, Long Island

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Woodmaster1

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#4 posted 12-05-2013 01:53 AM

If you can’t get rikon 14” deluxe model 10-325 buy the grizzly you will be happy. You can put any brand of blade on the bandsaw as long as it is the right size. I have the rikon deluxe in my shop but use the grizzly at school.

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Chris P

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#5 posted 12-05-2013 02:59 AM

Yeah the Rikon 10-325 is above my price range I’m starting to lean the way of the Grizzly more and more, they have about the same reviews and are about the same price, , I just see a little more flexibility with the Grizzly and plus it’s black and has a really cool bear on it.

-- Chris, Long Island

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#6 posted 12-05-2013 03:16 AM

Then Rikon has a steel frame and that means no way to increase cutting height. I have a Grizzly G0555 Extreme bandsaw and love the thing. I used to own a Delta and I see no appreciable difference in construction quality and the 555’s 1 1/2 HP motor is a major plus. While my saw has a larger motor and cast iron wheels along with their premium fence the one your looking at is the same basic machine. It’s a solid, well made bandsaw tha I think you’d be pleased with especially at the price. I have the Grizzly Christmas sale catalog and assume this is the price you are talking about. It’s a good price on a good machine with the option of upgrading down the line if the need arises. I recommend the Grizzly and I love the bear on it too.

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#7 posted 12-05-2013 03:32 AM

@chris nice to see a fellow long islander. If you don’t mind a 30 minute drive DYNAMITE TOOL in Bohemia has a couple bandsaws upstairs. And if for nothing else to get some advice from a local guy. I bought my unisaw, chop box, routers, even my jackhammer there. You don’t wanna know what I’ve spent there lol. But it’s worth the trip for some advice and plus you can touch and feel the tools. That means a lot. Let me know what U decide

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retfr8flyr

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#8 posted 12-05-2013 03:37 AM

Here3 is another option for you. http://www.amazon.com/Shop-Fox-W1706-14-Inch-Bandsaw/dp/B000J14IB2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386214163&sr=8-1&keywords=shop+fox+bandsaw This is the bandsaw I got this year and I have been very happy with it so for. I got this saw and the riser block kit, for the resaw capacity. This saw is almost the same as the Grizzly, basically same company, but it has the cast iron wheels that I wanted and has an enclosed bottom stand, which is nice. I also like the white color.

This saw is kind of between the Grizzly and the Rikon in price and fit my needs. I just couldn’t justify the extra cost for the Rikon.

-- Earl

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jmartel

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#9 posted 12-05-2013 03:50 AM

The Grizzly has the cast iron wheels as well.

Here’s mine set up with the riser block.

Just for fun I’ve already resawed some wood that was 10.5” wide. Worked just fine.

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Chris P

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#10 posted 12-05-2013 04:49 AM

@Greg, I’ve heard of Dynamite Tool before but have never been, it’s good to know that there is another option for woodworking equipment besides the Internet and the big box stores. Thanks for the advice from a fellow Long Islander!

After all is said and done I’m gonna go with the Grizzly it just seems like the most versatile and with the sale they have going on right now it’s the right time to buy. I’ve heard good things about their customer service as well and jmartel, your glamour shot didn’t hurt either haha.

Any suggestions on a good “all purpose” after market blade? I’ve heard that 1/2” 3 tpi blade is good for this and more specifically the wood slicer or timber wolf brands.

-- Chris, Long Island

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Vertigo

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#11 posted 12-05-2013 05:18 AM

Heres a link
http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/woodslicer-resaw-bandsaw-blades.aspx?A=1210
They make a good blade for a good price. Don’t quote me but I think the wood whisperer does a review on them. Plus the 30 dollar price. Nuff said

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jmartel

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#12 posted 12-05-2013 06:08 AM

I picked up a 1/2” 3tpi and a 3/16” blade from Rockler since it’s on the way home from work. It’s an Olson All-pro blade. Reviews online seemed good so I went for it. $21.

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Chris P

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#13 posted 12-05-2013 12:21 PM

Awesome, thanks all! Lumberjocks never fails! I’ll let you all know how it goes.

-- Chris, Long Island

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HorizontalMike

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#14 posted 12-05-2013 01:41 PM

I have the 14” 10-325 Deluxe with a 1 1/2hp motor. Since I resaw all of my lumber, I would have a hard time justifying having only a 1hp motor as the 10-321 has. I have rarely stalled mine, usually on a very sappy pine >10in resaw cut, but overall I am very happy with the 10-325 Deluxe.

That said, I have considered a larger 2hp motor for mine, and do occasionally wish for a larger 18-20in BS. I suggest that you DO NOT short change yourself when buying a BS. It is cheaper in the long run to go bigger than your current needs are, than to be forced to upgrade after buying “too small.” Just my 2-cents…

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

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#15 posted 12-05-2013 03:32 PM

I can’t help but think that comparing the Grizzly G0555 (any edition) and the Rikon 10-325 isn’t really the parallel comparable. The right Grizzly comparable is more likely the G0457 with a similar price to the 10-325. Would anyone with a G0457 be able to chime in on their experience with that model?

-- paxorion

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