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Forum topic by wildcatwoodworks posted 2044 days ago 8785 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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wildcatwoodworks

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2044 days ago

Okay Lumberjocks I am looking to spend my Bandsaw Fund after Christmas and I have narrowed it down to the Rikon 14” Deluxe or the Grizzly G055X with the riser. I would save a couple hundred by going with the Grizzly. When you put these two side by side is the extra inch of resaw and the 200 bucks worth it for the Rikon?

Thanks for any input

-- Bret - Ky "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."- Albert Einstein


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odie

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#1 posted 2044 days ago

Yes ! I had a Grizzly 14” that they discontinued as I was buying it. After I got it I could see why it would be discontinued. I had it for two years and sold it for $200.00. It just wasn’t worth any more. By the time I had it at my door it was about the same price as my NEW RIKON 14” DELUX. Every where the old Grizzly had a pressed fitting the Rikon is welded. Every time I needed a blade I had to order it, pay shipping, and then wait for it. They were a special size and could only be bought from grizzly. If I need a blade for my new Rikon, I just go to Woodcraft and buy it off of the shelf.

It’s like comparing a Delta to a Craftsman. You get what you pay for!

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". http://woodstermangotwood.blogspot.com/ (my funny blog)

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Woodchuck1957

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#2 posted 2044 days ago

Can you add a riser kit to the 14” Rikon ? I have a JET 14”. As far as a blade being an off size, any good blade sharpening service locally should be able to make you up blades pretty reasonably.

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wildcatwoodworks

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#3 posted 2044 days ago

Thanks Odie and Woodchuck, The Rikon is steel frame and has a resaw of 13” the Grizzly with a riser only has 12”. I did not know about the blades from Grizzly being a special size. Since we have a new Woodcraft in town, It would be an advantage to get off the shelf blades. There are a couple of places in town that sharpen. I have been using an old craftsman 9” benchtop and I get better cuts with a jigsaw.

-- Bret - Ky "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."- Albert Einstein

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Woodchuck1957

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#4 posted 2044 days ago

It sounds like maybe the Rikon is the way to go, but I’d see what others say yet. I’m not sure if a steel frame holds up as well as a cast frame.

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DaveH

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#5 posted 2044 days ago

Did you mean the G0555x? If you have a local vendor that sells Rikon, I’d buy the Rikon from them. If you watch the specials at Woodcraft, the Rikon goes on sale from time to time. Woodcraft should keep the blades in stock. I believe Woodcraft makes you pickup and assemble the saw unless you are willing to pay extra for them to handle the setup and delivery.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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wildcatwoodworks

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#6 posted 2044 days ago

Sorry Dave, That is correct, G0555X. The only reason I am considering this saw opposed to the others that you mention, is that it did well in Fine Woodworking review and the price. The Grizzly G0457 was the best value in the review. I guess it comes down to savings and ease of alignment and blade changes. One of the knocks on the Rikon was the difficulty in adjusting and changing blades.

-- Bret - Ky "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."- Albert Einstein

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Kindlingmaker

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#7 posted 2044 days ago

I have the 14” Rikon it find it to be very good. It came as a 12” heigth so sizable chucks of wood can go through it. It came with roller guides and I will get a set of block guides very soon. It is quiet and seems to have enough power for this size of saw. The dust collection is 4” and does a very good job. The storage compartment in the bottom is perfect for staoring the extra blades and all that sort of stuff. I have it mounted to a HTC mobile base so I can move it with olny one hand. I think its a real good bandsaw for the money. ...so far. Oh, I can cut 1/16th veneer with it.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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map

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#8 posted 2043 days ago

Bret,

This is my story (from another post) and I’m sticking to it!

I bought a 14” Rikon about a year ago and have been extremely pleased with it. I have done resawing on 12” oak and ash with no problems whatsoever. In fact, I had read a lot about the problems with getting a straight cut and had anticipated problems. However, when it came time to start all I did was add a board to make the fence higher and slide the boards along the fence. I sliced off ¼” slabs that took 2 passes on the planner to smooth. The one thing I did do was get a good blade rather that the one shipped with the saw. I chose a ½” 4 tpi Timberwolf and have used it for almost everything.

Map

-- measure once, cut once, swear, start over

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trifern

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#9 posted 2043 days ago

My experience with Grizzly is; no matter how much less expensive it is, it probably will not save you any money in the long run. Grizzly, in my opinion, is cheap.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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wiswood2

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#10 posted 2042 days ago

I have had a grizzly for 12 years and have never had a problem. any 93 inch will work it doesnt have to be 93/1/2. i have all grizzly tools,execpt a delta 6 inch jointer that is nothing but junk. i also have a delta orbertal drum sander and it is great.
chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com

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CedarFreakCarl

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#11 posted 2042 days ago

Here’s a link to USC Jeff’s review of the “14 Rikon. If you’ll scroll down, you’ll find Dick Cain’s comments on that same bandsaw. My opinion is to go with the Rikon, but there’s nothing wrong with Grizzly imho. It’s just not quite as nice as the Rikon. I’ve got the 18” Rikon and it has been wonderful. I’ve also got some other Grizzly tools (8” jointer & 3hp dust collection). They have served me well. It all boils down to how much you want to spend.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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azor

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#12 posted 2042 days ago

Not sure you are looking for more brands to look at, but have you checked out the “Steel City 14 Band Saw with Granite top? They are relatively new on the market [5 years I think], but provide many good features. You will need to add the riser block to it also.

Dick

-- It isn't as easy as the demos make it seem.

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wildcatwoodworks

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#13 posted 2042 days ago

Wow,
Thanks for all of the help and opinions. It looks like my decision was made for me today. I opened a wrapped shirt box today and there was a glossy picture of the Rikon in the box with a note that said ” Will be here after Jan 1 ” Looks like the wife had me fooled, I just wanted cash for the bandsaw fund. She’s definitely a keeper after 16 years. I have to go move some things around in the shop and make a mobile base :)

Thanks again All.

-- Bret - Ky "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."- Albert Einstein

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Kindlingmaker

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#14 posted 2041 days ago

YESSIREE She’s a keeper! Enjoy!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Rob

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#15 posted 2024 days ago

I’m torn as well between those two, and it may come down to price. I haven’t heard from those who have actually utilized both the Rikon and the Grizzly on a regular basis but more one sided arguments vs. what they heard about the bandsaw they didn’t get (not just here, I’m talking about reviews I’m reading all over the place…) so I’m looking into it more and with a Woodcraft store in town, I may just do weekly drive by’s to see if the Rikon will drop to a price that’s more reasonable below $600. Maybe that’s asking for too much of a sale!

And Craigslist will be searched multiple times per day!

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