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Forum topic by scribble posted 07-31-2014 03:35 PM 750 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-31-2014 03:35 PM

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I am a hobbyist who rarely ever uses a band saw but when I have the need it would be nice to have one. I used to have one of the older 3 wheel 10” units from Craftsman that finally quit and I don’t see it being worthwhile tryign to repair. I have read allot of good reviews on the bench 10” rikons and have found a great deal one but I have also found a good deal on a Grizzly G1019 14”.

I am working out of half a 2 car garage and don’t have allot of room for large items. I am getting closed to maxed out on space as is with storage and such.

I appreciate anyone’s help in this decision.

-- If you can't read it Scribble wrote it!! “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

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#1 posted 07-31-2014 03:50 PM

My only thought—if you ever need to re-saw wood, it’s nice to have the extra clearance. I, too, have a small shop and need to make compromises.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#2 posted 07-31-2014 04:06 PM

If not mistaken that Grizzly 1019 not sold by Grizzly anymore and been replaced by G0580. Just a basic 14” BS with ¾ HP motor not really worth that much. Really do not like bench top band saws so cannot comment on the Rikon. Think Sears sells a 10” or 12” and 14” version of Rikon BS’s which might be a better choice.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 07-31-2014 04:12 PM

My only thought—if you ever need to re-saw wood, it s nice to have the extra clearance. I, too, have a small shop and need to make compromises.

- CharlesA

Hit the nail right on the head. I really wish I had more re-saw capacity. It was not an issue when I first acquired it. But now, I have no room for a second BS.
So, whatever you get, make sure it can do everything since you do not have space to get another.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#4 posted 07-31-2014 04:14 PM

+1 for the 14” if you can make it fit, PLUS you’ll have the option to add a riser in the future

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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