Rikon 10-325 vs. Grizzly G0555LX

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Forum topic by splinterking posted 11-02-2014 06:13 PM 1441 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-02-2014 06:13 PM

Okay everybody I have some play money and have decided to upgrade from my Craftsman 10” bandsaw to a good 14”. I’m looking at Rikon 10-325 currently on sale at Woodcraft for $799 or the Grizzly G0555LX which has free freight right now. With the Grizzly I would get the riser block adding $80 to the price making it $605.

Here are the pros and cons as I see them.

Pros: Has a more powerful motor, stiffer frame for the resaw capacity and is more feature rich.
Cons: Has some problems with guide bearings, more expensive, some mixed reviews.

Grizzly -
Pros: Less expensive, good service, good reviews.
Cons: Riser block creates a hypothetically less stiff frame, less powerful.

I want to get something that will be good and satisfy my needs long term. I have a Grizzly table saw and have had a great experience with it and the level of service they provide. I don’t know much about Rikon, but they seem to have a lot of satisfied customers. As far a use I do want to be able resaw with a decent amount of ease. The Rikon on sale is the absolute top of my budget, but I think I’d do it if I’ll really ended up in a better position in the end. On the other hand if the Grizzly will do almost as good I’d rather keep my $200.

All opinions welcome and appreciated!

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Bill White

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#1 posted 11-02-2014 06:23 PM

I do not have the riser on my 0555LX (yet), but the saw has been all I needed and expected.
Add good blades and you have a great saw.


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#2 posted 11-02-2014 07:43 PM

I have a rikon 10-325 and my neighbor just bought one from Sears shipped to store free for 799.00. I had no problem setting the guides on his new saw took just a few minutes. I would say no more time than it took me to set the bearings on the grizzly I use at school. Comparing the two the Rikon is a better saw.

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#3 posted 11-02-2014 08:45 PM

Did you check the SC 50114?
You can get it for about $630 at Home Depot.
For me it’s between the Rikon and the SC.
I am interested in finding out where your thread will it lead us.

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#4 posted 11-02-2014 08:51 PM

Think trying to compare apples & oranges here and compare band saws with same specs and not just dollar differences.

Right now G055LX’ priced pretty reasonable for a 14” band saw with or without a riser kit. Be hard to find one with same specs and features for the money.

Rikon Deluxe band saw has formidable competition from both Laguna & Steel City band saws. Both Laguna & Steel City saws have current reviews here. Know Steel City has two separate band saws in the same category model 50114 & 50160. Have no idea on current prices of either Laguna or Steel City band saws.

I am all for going what you can afford and if Grizzly only one in your budget go for it. If going to do a lot of resawing might be worth your time to investigate those other saws before making a decision even if cost more than two band saws you have asked about.

-- Bill

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#5 posted 11-02-2014 09:08 PM

For what it’s worth, I have the Grizzly with a riser block and it resaws just fine. Will probably be a bit slower to resaw than the Rikon though due to a smaller motor.

However, if you are considering paying $800 for the Rikon 10-325, why not spend $825 on a 17” Grizzly?

You get an even bigger motor, larger distance to the support arm (17” instead of 14”), etc.

You will have to pay freight, but no tax, so the difference in price probably won’t be much.

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#6 posted 11-02-2014 10:50 PM

I have the GO555 with the riser and re-saw fence. I regularly re-saw 6-8” Maple and cedar. The motor is sufficient IF you have a sharp blade! I use supercut Bandsaw blades now and they cut easily, last a long time and are about $28 each for my saw. They are 1/2” carbide re-saw blades. Their “gold” blades.

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#7 posted 11-02-2014 11:16 PM

I made the same upgrade from an old Craftsman to a Rikon 10-325 about 2 years ago. I also own several Grizzly tools (3 hp table saw and a planer) but swear by the Rikon. I cut all kinds of wood on it, up to 10 – 12” thick green stock for turning. Never a whimper from it. Solid gear.


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