Used Jet 16" or New 14" Rikon 325

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12-23-2013 03:56 PM

I am brand new to this forum and really have enjoyed and appreciate all the great info I have read. Thank you all!

I am considering a used Jet 16” bandsaw on Craiglist. I don’t know the model number yet. The saw has been upgraded to ball bearing blade guides. The picture does not show any kind of fence but it appears to be in very good condition

If I don’t but this saw today I am going to get the Rikon 325 which is on sale at Woodcraft for $799. I have read good things about this saw. What do you guys think?

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#1 posted 12-23-2013 04:06 PM

I forgot to mention the guy wants $600 for the jet. He got back to me and it is model is jwbs-16 708749, it does have a fence and a 10” resaw capability. I would have thought a 16” saw would have more re-saw capacity.

I bought 400bf of white Oak. Most of this is 2 and 1/4 inch thick and anywhere from 6” to 12” wide. I will need the 13” re-saw capabilities of the Rikon unless there is a riser kit for the Jet.

I think based on his response I have answered my own questions, but I would be interested in input from all of you.


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#2 posted 12-23-2013 04:17 PM

I have had the Rikon 14” (325) for about 1 year now. It has 13” resaw capacity which is one of the reasons I purchased that BS. The fence is a hassle to set for drift but usable. I modified the light so it would be long enough to be positioned in the front. The saw has plenty of power for my use. I did replace the blade and it works great. The $799 price is a good deal and you would have a fully warranty. My 2 cents: the Rikon is a better deal.

-- Julian

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#3 posted 12-25-2013 01:15 PM

I am going to get the Rikon 325

isn’t even close. the new 325 is a much better saw. long on promise, and it delivers. a top flight product from a top flight company, unlike the company behind jet ( and powermatic). i sold an 18” jet i got for $40 for $750 to a wanna be, know it all newbie “gotta have a jet ‘cause it’s the best” woodworker and replaced it with a rikon 10-340 for $700. one of the better moves i ever made. you won’t regret passing on the jet.

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

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#4 posted 12-25-2013 01:40 PM

toolie, had a bad experience with a Jet 18”!
The 18” Jet I bought used 3 yrs ago has been a good saw. I cant find anything to complain about it. It works, and works good. It appears toolie is proud of selling a bad saw to a new person for a high price, myself, I would not do that.

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#5 posted 12-25-2013 02:17 PM

I also would go with the Rikon Ive had the 325 for about 2 years. I added the kreg fence to mine.I had a 14in Jet wasn’t that happy with it but it was an older model

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#6 posted 12-25-2013 02:18 PM

Thanks Guys for the advice. Any recommendations for blade type since I will be re-sawing 8-12” white oak. What size/tooth and brand of blade will handle that best? Will the fence that comes with this saw be adequate? These boards are 8-10 feet long and 2” thick. I want about 3/4” thick for an Oak dining table. Planning on re-sawing in half and then Jointing and planning. Bear in mind this is my first experience with a big band saw and re-sawing anything that large, so any advice or best practices for results and safety are greatly appreciated. Merry Christmas to all, enjoy family and be safe.

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#7 posted 12-25-2013 03:43 PM

I have had great luck with the Woodslicer blade for resawing from Highland woodworking.I didn’t think much of the factory fence on the Rikon so I added one from Kreg.

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