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Posted on Used Grizzly G0514X2B or used Rikon 10-346 for same price?

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#1 posted 07-26-2015 08:18 AM

With mid-size bandsaws capacity is usually king. The Rikon has more horsepower and significantly more resaw capacity as well as weighing more, table size is essentially the same. The table height is lower on the Rikon which is expected for a tall resaw type bandsaw but it is less conducive to general contour cutting unless you are rather short. The weak point of all Rikon bandsaws is their guides are finicky but it isn’t like the Grizzly has the most user friendly guides either. As for brakes I find that foot brakes are far more useful then motor brakes on bandsaws. They allow you to cut power and stop the blade without ever removing your hands from the stock and allow you to do this from three sides of the saw where you have to be behind and to the left of the stock to hit the off switch on a bandsaw. The best foot brakes will stop the blade MUCH faster than a motor brake (the heavy series of Centauro built saws (Mini-max) will stop the blade in less than one revolution of the wheel) but the majority of Asian saws aren’t quit as good, the two Rikon “professional” saws are better than the average Asian foot brake (Grizzly foot brakes are among the slowest I have used, they are actually slower than a motor brake). So the brake is also firmly in the Rikon camp for me.

Assuming age and condition are similar I would go with the Rikon, I would expect it to be roughly 1/3 more expensive than the Grizzly in the used market. However, if you plan to use the saw as a general purpose saw where you will do as much contour cutting as resawing and/or plan to change the blade often I would suggest the Grizzly might make a better choice, especially since it should be significantly less money and this may be the case since if you planned for this to be a dedicated resaw machine you probably wouldn’t even be considering the this Grizzly with this Rikon available.

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