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07-05-2007 04:43 AM

I am looking at purchasing a 14” band saw. I have looked at the Powermatic, Rikon ,Delta, and the Jet I get a different story from every salesman even in the same store does anyone have any feedback on any of these models.

-- piper

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#1 posted 07-05-2007 04:49 AM

I recently bought a Rikon Deluxe, But I haven’t used it enough yet to give a proper rating. It’s sure a well built saw. You can resaw 13” with it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 07-05-2007 04:56 AM

The Rikon Deluxe 14” is the one to get. Both the powermatic and jet are great saws, but the Rikon is the most bang for the buck. However, if you were to purchase any of those three, you’d be satisfied. With the Powermatic and the Jet, you can add a riser block. This might be a consideration if you were to start making your own veneers from very wide boards. Again, however, the Rikon will resaw at it’s capacity with impunity and given the opportunity, it would reside in my shop.

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#3 posted 07-05-2007 05:54 AM

I bought the Grizzly G0555 Ultimate 14” with the riser block 2 months ago. I like the saw and have enjoyed using it so far but I think if I had deeper pockets I would have gone for the Rikon. I’m going to put the block in this weekend to resaw some of this cedar for the summer challenge.

I think the cedar will be fine but I’m wondering about the 1 hp motor for resawing wide boards from denser woods.

This is my 1st bandsaw so I don’t have much to base it on but in all the research I did the Rikon looked like a great buy. The Grizzly was a better value at just under $600 for everything.

-- Bob

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#4 posted 07-05-2007 06:10 AM

Piper, I bought a 14” Grizzly and was happy with it for several months and then I wanted too add acc. to it like riser block and bearings ect. Instead I bought the 17” Grizzly with all the acc. and it is the best saw I have ever used. Take a look, a lot of tool for the money.


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#5 posted 07-05-2007 06:37 AM

If you are going to do some resawing, look at the Laguna at least for their resaw blades. They are carbide teeth and they reshapen them.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#6 posted 07-05-2007 09:17 AM

Rikon 325 Deluxe has been the darling of the reviews for a while now. The August issue of Woodworkers Journal has a review of 14” bandsaws. It should be on the news stands now. I belive mine came in the mail on Monday.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 07-05-2007 08:14 PM

its going to be hard i recently bought the jet and am very happi with it i have the biggest one of the 14 incers and its a great saw but i cant compair it to the others

-- I buy tools so i can make more money,so ican buy more tools so I can work more, to make more money, so I can buy more tool, so I can work more

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#8 posted 07-06-2007 01:08 AM

I have just gotten back into woodworking (much more serious than before) and Rikon was something new to me. The salesman at Woodcraft leaned toward the Rikon 6 inch jointer but I bought the Jet because I knew they made decent equipment and I was familiar with them. Now I am starting to lust after a new band saw to replace the 9” Delta bench top I currently have and I did notice the “Big” Rikon 14” saw the other day. Are they a good piece of equipment in general?

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#9 posted 07-06-2007 02:17 AM

I have had a 14” Delta with a riser block for about 10 years. It’s the classic that most others are cloned from.

I have been very happy with it and have not regretted it at all.

12 1/2” resawing is nice.

You can see it here:

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 07-06-2007 06:14 AM

I have the Jet and riser block set-up currently, but oh what I wouldn’t do to get my late 60s/early 70s American made Delta back! I’ve been happy with the Jet – for the most part. But, compared with the old Delta, it’s pretty chincy. Especially the thumbscrews and handwheels – the parts that your hands are on quite a bit to perform adjustments.

Also, the aluminum upper wheel assembly on the Jet severely bent out of shape causing really bad tracking issues (and I’ve never taken the tension higher than the gauge calls for) – so that had to be replaced. I would recommend (short of using them) getting your hands on the models you’re interested in to get a feel for the adjustments, etc. Now, that’s certainly not the end all be all, but it sure can be helpful to “feel” what you like and get a sense of the quality of the machine, since they’re all going to have comparable power, sawing capability, etc.

That said, don’t go for any saw under 1hp, which is plenty on the 14” saws.

Also, I would not buy the Jet again. Well…maybe a bigger one!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#11 posted 07-06-2007 01:39 PM

I recently bought the 18 ” Jet band saw and while I am generally happy with it the guild wheels seem a little (to use Dorje’s term:) “chincy”. They seem to do the job so far but I have not worked the saw hard ..yet.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#12 posted 07-07-2007 10:52 AM

I don’t have one, but would like to get the Rikon when I can afford it.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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