Buying a bandsaw

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Blog entry by goggy posted 03-30-2009 05:56 AM 1365 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting a bandsaw for some time now. After viewing a LJ’rs workshop recently I noticed the Rikon. After reading reviews and adhereing to a $500 budget, I narrowed it down to the Grizzly G0555 or the Rikon 10-320. I’m pretty much sold on the Rikon. Does anyone out there own or has tried this saw?

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#1 posted 03-30-2009 03:04 PM

I own the grizzly and I wil tell you now, you will not be disapointed in this saw. After the first tuning, you will be happy how well it cuts. It has the features that you need like all bearing guides and a sturdy stand. I don’t know anything about the Rikon, however I can tell you thru personal experience that I have never felt shorted with the grizzly. It takes care of all my need as a professional furniture shop. I bought the six inch extension block which works minimally well for resawing. The only bandsaw I would buy now would be a large industrial saw. The grizzly does every thing I need in the 14 inch range. Otherwise save the money, the grizzly is a solid saw with lots of extras.

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#2 posted 03-30-2009 03:18 PM

My vote will be for the Rikon. I have the 10-325 which is there deluxe model. But I have not had any problems and very little set up issues. I owned the 10” model before and for a small bandsaw I wouldn’t of traded it for any of the other table top models. It was a work horse in a small package. I also own the Rikon drill press. You wn’t be disappointed in the Rikon products.

-- Dustmaker, Kansas

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 03-30-2009 04:20 PM

I have the Rikon, & I’m very satisfied with it.

Besides it comes already to re-saw 13”, & you don’t have install an extension block.

Look at my review. It has other members thoughts about the Rikon.

Check out the reviews on Lumberjocks for other brands also.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 03-30-2009 04:45 PM

Dick, the OP refers to the Rikon 14” bandsaw 10-320 – not the Deluxe 13” resaw version.

I was in a similar boat as you are now, and was really hoping for the Rikon 10-325 deluxe bandsaw, I ended up holding off on the purchase until I could get the one I wanted – the 10-325 which I now have , and for me – the wait was well worth it, as I do use this saw for resawing lumber, and laminations (recent cut was 11” and went through easily). This saw has the juice and the capacity to do most anything in a small shop.

Now, if budget dictates, and you can no longer wait-I personally like the european steel construction bandsaws over the cast-iron version. But if you need it to do resawing of more than 6” , you’re better off going with the Grizzley as the Rikon will limit you to resaw capacity.

Both saws would be good, it just depends on what you want to do with it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 03-30-2009 05:46 PM

Thanks for the input. Rikon saw: $500. Reviews from fellow LJ’rs: priceless!! I’ll let you guys (and gal) know know when it arrives at which time we can talk saw blades. This is my first band saw and I’m fired up!

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matt garcia

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#6 posted 03-31-2009 04:40 AM

I own the Grizzly. It’s a workhorse! I can’t believe you can still get this saw for $435.00 with this much power, and ball bearing guides!! That’s a steal!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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