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Forum topic by phantomfixer posted 06-10-2009 02:43 AM 2174 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-10-2009 02:43 AM

This is my first time on Lumberjocks. Looks very impressive for woodworking people. I am going to purchase a band saw in the next week and need some feedback. After all my research…plus budget I have narrowed it down to the Steel City 50130. I have looked at all the 14 inch saws but need the 12 inch resaw also. I have also considered the Rikon 14 inch deluxe.This is the last piece I need to complete my woodshop.

-- F4D Phantom Fixer

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#1 posted 06-10-2009 03:10 AM

You’ll need a serious motor to push 12” resaw through. I find my 3/4 just about tops out at 5 inches in denser woods at a feed that I don’t need to take a lunch break for long pieces.

For 12 Inches I would think 2HP would be nice to have.

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#2 posted 06-10-2009 03:42 AM

I haven’t any experience with either saw but I’ve heard good things about the Rikon. Horse power should be a big consideration if your planning on doing alot of resawing as well as buying a quality blade. The wood slicer has made a world of difference for me. Regaurdless of which saw you get you should seriously considered ordering one at

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#3 posted 06-10-2009 04:09 AM

I’ve heard that steel city may be going out of business and I’ve heard fairly good things about Rikon so if these are the only two choices take the Rikion. But you might consider a grizzly product I’ve had good luck with their products and they have been in business longer than steel city or Rikon.

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#4 posted 06-10-2009 02:28 PM

I have the Rikon Delux and have been very happy with it. I highly recommend it. PS. I can’t tell you how many times, I’ve said to myself, This next tool will be the last tool I need to buy to complete my workshop. pkennedy

-- P Kennedy Crossville, TN

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#5 posted 06-10-2009 03:07 PM

I bought the Steel City about a month ago and could not be happier with it. I already had a Delta 14 incher and the differences in the two are day and dark. The set up on the SC was so very much easier than the Delta, The SC comes with bearing guides. The only con I have is that the SC does not clear dust as well, requiring opening the blade cover and vacuuming out after a lot of use, even hooked up to a Jet dust collector. I got mine when they had the sale with the unit combined with riser and fence. I would buy another in a heart beat. Also started using woodslicer blades from Highland when resawing. Really like them.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#6 posted 06-10-2009 03:23 PM

Just checked, Highland still has the package on sale if you’re interested.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#7 posted 06-10-2009 03:50 PM

I too have the Rikon 14” delux and love it! It has performed better than my skill!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#8 posted 06-10-2009 06:03 PM

While Steel City has had some issues lately, I m not too sure the rumors of them going out of business are valid. They may very well just be RUMORS. There is a thread on Fine Woodworking’s site dealing with this.
Someone with a connection to Steel City stated that there has been a buy-out involving the partners.
Doesn’t sound to me like a company that’s about to close the doors. That said, I really like the several pieces of Steel City that I now own. However, Rikkon also has a good reputation, as well as Grizzly and others. I don’t think I would be afraid to buy any of these. Maybe it justs boils down to personal preference, features, and the deal you can get. In this economy there is no guarantee that any tool company will be around a year from now. (Or Car company) I’m betting on Steel City being around for a while.


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#9 posted 06-10-2009 07:05 PM

Hello, welcome to the place, lots of nice folks here…
Rikon is a nice bandsaw, a safe way to go…..BUT…...with the economy at the way it is these days, there are GREAT deal out there, just keep your eye at Craigslist and easily you can find a nice machine at half of the retail price. I will never buy a Brand New machine again.

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#10 posted 06-11-2009 12:37 AM

Double ugly:

Fight’s on. I just went through the same decision-making process a couple of months ago. I bought a Steel City table saw some time ago, and – because I was happy with that product – naturally leaned toward their band saw. But when shipping costs and a couple of extras were added, I was able to get the Powermatic from my local Woodcrafter’s for about the same $$$. And I’m really happy with that thing.

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#11 posted 06-11-2009 08:41 PM

I have the SC Granite band saw with riser block. The 1.5 HP motor and 1/2 inch blade have no problems. Of course, I take my time too. I’ve cut logs into large thick natural edge bowl blanks. It’s what I bought it for. Very nice machine. You won’t be disappointed.

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#12 posted 06-13-2009 04:10 AM

I went down to my local Wood Craft store yesterday and bought the Rikon 10-325. Main reasons for the Rikon was the cast iron wheels, 13 inch resaw, cast iron trunnion. Took me 6 hrs. from the store to cutting wood. This included making a mobile base to move it around. The fit and finish was very good and set-up was easy also….I don’t know why the say the lower guide bearings are so diffucult to adjust. The manual is alittle to be desired ( luckly I am an aircraft mechanic ) but I figured out what they meant to say. Also installed bigger mounting bolts for the saw to the cabinet….stock ones were to small for me.

So far I am very pleased with the purchase and the saw cuts fine. Will need to get diffferent blades though. I would reccomened this saw to anyone looking for a good 14 inch saw.

Thanks again for all your comments and advice…..

-- F4D Phantom Fixer

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#13 posted 06-13-2009 05:51 PM

Don’t forget grizzly. 17” bandsaw with 2 hp motor, and 12” resaw out of the box.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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