Craftsman 14" or Rikon 10-325 band saw?

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03-23-2015 09:34 AM

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Hey guys,

I’ve been researching band saws for a couple months now, looking to buy my first one for my garage shop. Up until now, I decided to go with the Craftsman 14” band saw because it’s essentially a cheaper Rikon 10-321 clone with reasonable reviews here and on other sites. With it being my first band saw, I don’t really know exactly what my needs are yet so I didn’t want to break the bank just yet. I do find myself thinking resawing would be really useful – more so than what’s possible than on my table saw.

Currently the Craftsman is $400, but looking at the price history, it was around $360-375+tax for a good part of last year, which is a good price range for me given the features.

The Rikon 10-325 caught my eye too, but at $800+, I couldn’t justify that cost. Not to mention, I was on a slippery slope – thinking the Laguna 14-12 wasn’t much more than the 10-325…

But then I noticed that Sears now has the Rikon 10-325 $675 with free site-to-store shipping, which makes it cheaper than Highland Woodworking and Woodcraft. With a couple cashback deals (on my credit card and Sears FatWallet), I can probably snag the 10-325 for $650-$690, which includes tax and shipping. Has anyone seen it for less than $675 before/regularly?

So now I’m looking at just under twice the price of the Craftsman bandsaw. I see the main feature differences on paper:
Rikon 13” resaw vs Craftsman 8” resaw capacity,
Rikon 1.5 HP vs Craftsman 1 HP motor
Rikon includes a fence, Craftsman does not (I was going to make my own from square tubing)

I’m sure I’ll be happy with either as my first saw, but I can’t help but think the 10-325 will last me longer before I feel the need to upgrade. I guess what I’m asking is, is the 10-325 “twice” the saw of the Craftsman?


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#1 posted 03-23-2015 10:17 AM

I personally favor the Rikon because of the resaw capacity and HP. Both features are very important in choosing a bandsaw. Equally important in my mind is the warranty. Rikon’s is 5 years, I can’t speak to the Craftsman. Over the years I have only had one opportunity to deal with Rikon Customer service and they made me very happy, very quickly, CS at Sears on the other hand has been a very different story. Guess what I’m saying, is there is more to consider when buying your saw than just the hardware. Good luck to you and hope to hear you’re making piles of saw dust soon

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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#2 posted 03-23-2015 10:41 AM

I would not be afraid to buy a used bandsaw.
There’s nothing wrong with the old iron.

I recently picked up a Jet 12” for $100.
I have a big bandsaw and for that kind of money its nice to have a smaller one, too.
All I had to do was replace one tire ($12) and one blade block ($4).

I routinely see Delta 14” saws on Craigslist for $2-300.
Here’s an example in my area. Looks like an old Delta.
If a used machine is spinning up and not vibrating, minor stuff like blade guides and tires are a cheap fix.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#3 posted 03-23-2015 03:42 PM

ndcon – thanks, I completely forgot to factor in the warranty! The Craftsman has a 1 year limited warranty, and it’s $85 for a 5 year extended warranty, which makes the 10-325 look even better…

rwe2156 – In general, I’m not opposed to buying used tools either but not until after I’ve had more experience using one so I know what to look for when inspecting a used one. That said, I comb my local Craigslist (Tucson) regularly for tools I “need”, but most of the used tools in my area are Harbor Freight, Craftsman, Rigid, Ryobi etc and not the bigger woodworking brands. Brands like Jet, Powermatic, etc pop up more often in Phoenix, but the cost of time and gas offsets any savings. I haven’t been lucky enough to find those Craigslist power tool hidden gems yet. That said, there was a Powermatic 141 in my area for $625 last month. At the time I saw the listing, I hadn’t decided I was willing to spend that much. Not sure if it’s still available though.

Thanks for the responses!

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#4 posted 03-23-2015 04:05 PM

I have the Craftsman BS and purchased the fence for the Rikon 10-321. It’s all I need and have been pleased with it.
If you need the extra resaw capacity then get the Rikon. I was going the get the Rikon 10-325 but just didn’t really need the extra resaw capacity and didn’t want to spend another $300 at the time.

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#5 posted 03-23-2015 04:41 PM

Grizzly currently has a few of its 14” band saws on sale with free shipping and, depending on where you live, no sales tax .

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#6 posted 03-23-2015 05:24 PM

I love my RIKON 10-325….

Very few people ever complain about purchasing more capacity!!!
The additional HP will come in handy for the resawing….
even on narrower stock.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 03-23-2015 06:01 PM

Hi Lynden,

Yeah, I had really considered the Grizzly G0555 line as it has really really good reviews for the low-to-mid end (price wise) 14” band saws. But for me it was the all-around middle of the road option, in price and features. Specs are closer to the Craftsman (HP and resaw), though I’m sure the quality is far superior on the Grizzly. Not quite as much as the Rikon 10-325 was, but the specs (horsepower and resaw capacity) are lower. If I added the riser block to the Grizzly, I’m looking at about the same price as the Rikon 10-325 right now.

The general idea I got from my research is that there are plenty of people happy with any of the 3 saws, but they all have their quirks, varying levels of tweaking during the initial setup, and personal tolerance for what’s acceptable with the flaws. Which is great for them, except never having owned a band saw, I don’t know what my preferences are yet.

I find myself now re-reading all the LJ reviews on the G0555 and 10-325 :)

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#8 posted 03-24-2015 01:44 AM

I love my 10-325. It is so smooth and quiet. If you buy it, make sure to read the manual supplement before assembling. Some steps are a little different than what the main manual shows. I had to re-do part of my install when I finished and had parts left over!

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#9 posted 03-24-2015 11:51 AM

Check sears online they have the 10 325 on sale for $674. Right now

-- missouri, dave

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#10 posted 03-24-2015 12:44 PM

I just bought the 10-325 last night because it’s on sale for $675. I wasn’t going to rush but it looks like it’ll go back to 749.99 after 9am CT today (3/24)

Family & Friends! Get an Extra 10% Off OR Members choose 20% back in points on items in Checkout hide details Offer ends 3/24 at 9am CT. Excludes Online Only Dynamic Pricing, Great Price, Hot Buys, Smart Buys, Unilateral Pricing Policy items, Sears licensed partners & websites, Digital Services, catalog orders, Gift Cards, money orders, wire transfers, commercial orders or previous purchases. In the event of a return, savings may be deducted from refund and points may be credited to account. Family & Friends discounts are loaded automatically in cart when purchasing online (3/22/15 12am CT to 3/24/15 9am CT on

-- - Billy

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#11 posted 03-24-2015 12:51 PM

I just bought the BIG Rikon 10-346, had a small issue, called customer service, talked to a human, figured out the issue and was done in 10 minutes. Great saw and great customer support. I don’t think you would have an issue with the Craftsman Saw, but Sears is bleeding $$, who knows where they will be in a year

-- Dave

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#12 posted 03-24-2015 03:07 PM

Sunstealer73, does the 10-325 come with the manual supplement or do I need to download it from somewhere? I could only find the “standard” manual PDF on the Rikon website.

Weldoman, NinjaAssassin, yup, that’s the exact deal I was looking at this past weekend.

I knew they were having their Friends and Family sale over the weekend, but I wasn’t sure if the Rikon was included in the sale. Late last night I decided I didn’t want to risk missing out on the deal, so I pulled the trigger on the Rikon 10-325 from Sears :) Really glad I did since it’s back up to $1019 now. With cashback from FatWallet and my credit card, it ended up being $650 including tax and shipping. I figure I have a bit over a week (shipping to local Sears) to have buyer’s remorse.

Thanks for all the input everyone!

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#13 posted 03-24-2015 05:06 PM

Sunstealer73, does the 10-325 come with the manual supplement or do I need to download it from somewhere? I could only find the “standard” manual PDF on the Rikon website.

It comes with it. I couldn’t find it online either. The main differences are spacer washers for the shelf and the way the fence is assembled.

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#14 posted 03-24-2015 07:23 PM

Nerdbot, I just looked at their site to make sure I didn’t fall for some ploy and oh boy! I would have been kicking myself in the pants if I hadn’t purchased it last night. It was at the very tippy top of my budget that the wife approved. The alternative was the Craftsman BAS350 (Rikon 10-321 Clone) which is now 439.99 (and not the same class of saw). I’m even more excited now!

-- - Billy

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#15 posted 03-24-2015 08:34 PM

Haha, I hear you, NinjaAssassin. I was a little shocked to see the non-sale price as well. To be fair, the other retailers regularly sell the 10-325 for a lot less than $1019, but as far as I can tell $675 has been the lowest price for awhile.

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