Small 10" Bandsaw -- Jet or Rikon ??

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Forum topic by Redoak49 posted 10-18-2014 10:45 PM 1244 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-18-2014 10:45 PM

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I am looking at getting a small 10” bandsaw for toy making and other small detail work. I would probably be using a 1/4” blade most of the time and would not use it for re-saw I have a 16” Jet Bandsaw that I use for larger work and re-saw. It works great for the heavier work but not so great for detailed toys and other small projects.

My choices right not have come down to the Rikon 10” which is on sale now for $199 and a Jet 10” which is somewhere between $250-300.

The Jet has the advantage of a 1/2 hp motor over the 1/3 hp motor on the Rikon. The reviews on the two favor the Rikon but the Jet reviews are not very recent ones. I always shake my head when tring to figure out what the reviews mean when a lot of them are upset about the packaging or that the small band saw will not cut metal.

I am really leaning toward the Rikon at this point but hope that someone here can give me some real world experience on either of these two 10” band saws.

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#1 posted 10-18-2014 11:10 PM

I have the Rikon 10” as well as their 14”. Been using them regularly since late 2009. Haven’t noticed any major faults with either unless you consider replacement of guide bearings once a problem.

Just looking at the two pics of the 10” units you posted I can point out a couple differences, the jet comes with a miter and what looks like an positionable air dust jet. The Rikon comes with neither. I had to buy the Rikon miter separately.

Other than the items noted I can’t complain about either one of my Rikons. Both of them can be seen in my shop tour I recently posted.

You mention the lower hp on the Rikon. The 1/3hp seems more then adequate for the size. I have only stalled it when I got something crossed up and jammed the blade and I cut small 4”-6”x3”-5” bowl blanks with it quite regularly including tougher woods like honey locust, black locust, and osage orange.

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#2 posted 10-18-2014 11:22 PM

If it comes down to pricing, I would look at the Craftsman (sears) 10” band saw. My guess is that it’s made in the same factory as Rikon because it has the same features and if you catch it on sale you could probably save $20.00 or so.
BTW, both of my band saws are Grizzly.

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#3 posted 10-18-2014 11:25 PM

Just to note: Menards Masterforce 10” ($228) is the same as the Jet and the Sears Craftsman 10” ($189) is the same as the Rikon.

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#4 posted 10-19-2014 01:14 AM

I have had the Jet for about 5 years now and am very pleased with its performance. It has been used to cut both hardwoods and softwoods, plastic and metal without any problems. I don’t think it has ever stalled out on me but I’ve never really tried to cut really large diameter items on it. I got it when I had a basement shop and space was at a premium; now that I have a separate workshop I’m sure I will get a larger bandsaw (14” or 15”) primarily for resawing but will probably still keep this one for small items or delicate work. Dust collection is excellent, I hook it up to my Fein vacuum and there is almost no sawdust remaining when I’m done. I guess my only real gripe is about the little flexible light that is attached to it. It really doesn’t help much. I can never seem to get it to stay pointed where I’m cutting. Otherwise, I’m very happy with it; it has done everything that I’ve needed it to do.
Good luck.

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#5 posted 10-19-2014 02:31 AM

I have the Craftsman (same as the Ricon) and very happy with it. I cut a lot of hard maple with it and some re-sawing. Dust collection works very well. You can see a bit of a review on my blog if you are interested.


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#6 posted 10-19-2014 02:31 AM

What city in indiana are you in? I am in Indy, I can let you know if there is anything used at a great price

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#7 posted 10-19-2014 01:27 PM

Thanks for all the information. I have looked at the Jet 10” and compared it to the Masterforce version and they are similar but I think a different motor. I have also been looking at Craigslist and other places for a used 10” band saw.

Right now, I am leaning toward the Rikon version on sale at Woodcraft for $199.

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#8 posted 10-19-2014 06:34 PM

I have the Rikon. Love it.

Same as the Jet without the base. Less money.

I had a small oak two drawer file cabinet, put on locking casters, use as a base with storage. Works perfectly.

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#9 posted 10-19-2014 07:35 PM

Whichever you decide on be sure you can use good quality blades and that the blade guides/bearings are easy to adjust and set. This is the most important feature on any bandsaw.

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