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Forum topic by Micah Muzny posted 01-11-2014 03:52 PM 728 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Micah Muzny

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01-11-2014 03:52 PM

I am looking at the Rikon bandsaws that are on sale at Woodcraft right now, not sure if I should get the 14” 1.5hp, or the 18” 2.5 hp. I would use it to resaw, mill some logs, and do various wood cuttings for furniture making, and cut bowl blanks for turning. Any suggestions, would the extra extra cost of the 18” be worth it? The resaw height is the same, just the depth is bigger and motor is bigger on the 18”. Tell your opinions and suggestions on what you think would be needed or not needed. Thanks!


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#1 posted 01-11-2014 03:56 PM

I have the 18” and am quite happy with it. Resawing is about all I do with it.

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#2 posted 01-11-2014 04:51 PM

Go 18”, a saw is never too big and if you buy the smaller one now a few years from now you will hate yourself.Guarantee.
I just 17” grizzly because Rikon was too expensive an my local Woodcraft refused to deal

-- Bert

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#3 posted 01-11-2014 05:02 PM

Guess If I buy the bigger more expensive one, I will only cry once lol.

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#4 posted 01-11-2014 05:07 PM

I have the 14 suv and the Resaw King blade, I can resaw 14 7/8 .. pretty easily .. but the more power might be nice. The blade made a huge difference, its pricy ..but worth it in my opinion .

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#5 posted 01-11-2014 05:10 PM

A bigger table and a heavier saw also make a big differnce

-- Bert

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#6 posted 01-11-2014 05:10 PM

How much is it on sale?

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#7 posted 01-11-2014 05:12 PM

I’m from the “Tim the Tool Man” school of MORE POWER!! I have the 14” Rikon and am very happy with it, but would go for the 18” model given a redo.

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Micah Muzny

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#8 posted 01-11-2014 05:29 PM

I went ahead and got the bigger 18”. I’ll be checking the mail box for whenever you guys send my a check to pay for it :P

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#9 posted 01-13-2014 01:29 AM

I bought a slightly used 18” Rikon for about what the 14” costs on sale and got a bunch of good blades. It has the 2hp motor, but it is a sweet saw. I have 2 friends with the 14” and they both like theirs, but more power wins. 220 was an issue, but I could deal with that.

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