Which Benchtop 10" BandSaw to buy?

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Forum topic by Manny_E posted 05-26-2015 07:40 PM 946 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-26-2015 07:40 PM

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I am in the market for a 10” benchtop bandsaw.

Anyone had recommendations based on experience…

-- Manny-E

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#1 posted 05-26-2015 07:41 PM

Get the cheapest one you can find on CL… just stay away from the Ryobi and anything with three wheels.


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#2 posted 05-26-2015 07:49 PM

Rikon 10-305 10” or the Rikon made Craftsman 22400 10” are a pretty good bang for the buck in a small BS in the $200 range. These at least have solid cast tables. Most of the other small bandsaws have plastic housings and cheap aluminum tables, which all lead to more vibration.

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#3 posted 05-26-2015 09:24 PM

I bought the Rikon 10” early this year when it was on sale for $189 and am quite happy with it. I have a big Jet for resaw and thick wood. The Rikon does a good job on smaller jobs but not very good for resaw.

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#4 posted 05-26-2015 11:51 PM

Craftsman/rikon. A well seasoned woodworker that I know bought one and he is very happy with it. I bought a ryobi a couple years ago and have regretted it since.

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#5 posted 06-03-2015 02:37 PM

thanks everyone for the input…

If you have the choice Rikon or Craftsman.. Rikon diff in pricing of about $60 and warranty of 5 yrs vs. the craftsman is only 1 yr. warranty…

what will be your choice… given everything else is equal…

-- Manny-E

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#6 posted 06-03-2015 02:40 PM

I’ve had the craftsman for about 2 years now and haven’t had any trouble with it. After having mine I compared it to a Rikon in Woodcraft and can’t find any noticeable differences.

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