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Forum topic by bbc557ci posted 03-12-2014 10:00 PM 1024 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bbc557ci

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03-12-2014 10:00 PM

I’ve been checking out band saws and seem to be leaning towards the Rikon 10-325. Also like a couple of the Grizzly’s too, including the 14 in. G0555LANV. Seems like a heck of a good price on that Grizz.

Any one know the table height of the 10-325? And what table height has been working well for you other +,- 6 footers out there? Tables on band saws I’ve been reading up on seem to range from around 36 to 43 inches, quite a spread. Then with casters add another inch or so. I’m just over 6 ft. tall and never had a BS before. So I’m not sure what a comfy working height would, or should be. That mentioned, at 63 years old maybe a table being a tad on the high side with less bending over might just be a good thing :o)

Wheels…. Seems cast iron wheels would be good as the weight would provide some what of a flywheel affect. I notice some of the less expensive 14 and 17 inch Grizzly band saws have cast aluminum wheels. I’ll likely be doing some re-sawing, and wondering if cast aluminum wheels would be a deal breaker, or a bad thing.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and or advice !!

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"


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#1 posted 03-12-2014 10:19 PM

The product manual for the saw does not mention table height. It does say the saw is 75” tall and the table looks to be about in the middle to maybe a little higher then the middle. So my guess is that the table is between 37 and the high end 43” off the ground you mentioned before. Frankly I doubt a few inches either way is going to affect things since regardless of your height you will have to bend over to make some cuts because you will want a good look at exactly where the blade is.

I currently am running an old Walker Turner 14” bandsaw that has cast iron wheels. I have also owned an older model Rockwell bandsaw with aluminum wheels. The cast wheels are less prone to vibration, but then again my entire Walker Turner bandsaw is less prone to vibration so /shrug.

I will tell you that the most important issues you will have for resawing with any bandsaw are 1) depth of the throat, 2) hp of the motor, 3) sturdiness of the table trunions. With the first and second issue being very very important and the third not being so important but still being a factor.

You will of course need the proper blade, but that kind of thing is easily changed out.

The Rikon comes with a 1.5hp motor which I believe to be a minimum if you plan to resaw 10” or more of wood. You can do it with less, but you will be going quite slow and risk bogging your machine down.

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#2 posted 03-12-2014 10:30 PM

I just went and measured mine. A hair under 40” from the floor to the table, but I’ve also got it on a mobile base. That doesn’t add much, so actual floor to table height is right around 39.5”.

As far as CI vs Aluminum, depending on the alloy used, aluminum and CI are in the same ballpark stiffness-wise, but the main advantage comes from density of CI vs Al. Again, depends on the alloy, but for the same volume of wheel, the cast iron one is gonna be about double to double and a half the weight. All that weight out at the perimeter of the wheel means more inertia.

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#3 posted 03-12-2014 11:31 PM

The measurement of my 10-325 from floor to the top surface of the table is 41-5/8” plus/minus 1/8”. I’m 5’10” and find the height of the table to be very comfortable to work with. If you’re not much above that 6’ mark then you should find the 10-325 a very comfortable bandsaw to use.

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bbc557ci

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#4 posted 03-12-2014 11:33 PM

gtbuzz – Thanks for checking on the table height. If I get the Rikon I will be putting wheels under it.
You pretty much confirmed my thoughts on the cast iron vs aluminum wheels. As I see it CI would defineatly be a better choice.

Minorhero – I hear you on the hp thing. I can’t say how much resawing at or over 10 inches I’d get into but I expect not too much. As I mention in my OP I like the 14 inch Grizz Anniversary saw. Seems to be a good BS for the $$ and gets very good reviews. Still think’n…... lol

Thanks for the input fellas!!

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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