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

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#1 posted 07-27-2015 03:20 AM

Thanks for the feedback, guys! I was thinking I would mostly do curves with the smaller bandsaw but now I’m thinking I could also make some pretty big bandsaw boxes with the Rikon. AHuxley, thanks for all the extra info on brakes.

After reading the WOOD Magazine review it seems like I can’t really go too wrong with either saw. FWW also had an article where the same Grizzly saw took top honors but they didn’t have the 10-346 in the roundup (instead they had the 10-345, which seems to have a smaller motor, table, no brake, and may be lower-spec’d in other areas as well). Both magazines and AHuxley noted finicky blade guide adjustments on the Rikon saws though.

I like my Grizzly planer just fine, but I never thought I’d see multiple magazines rate a Grizzly tool “Best Overall” over other, more expensive/premium, brands. It seems like it would be a mistake to overlook that if I don’t have any immediate need for 18” of resaw. Then again, if I’m only getting 12” resaw it seems like I could also step down to one of the higher-end 14” bandsaws since I don’t think throat capacity will be an issue for me anytime soon.

Given I can get both for the same price, I’m slightly leaning toward the Rikon because of the larger resaw capacity and the foot-activated brake, now that it seems more practical than the pushbutton-activated motor brake. The finicky guides have me a little concerned but I’ll check youtube to see if there’s some trick to it.

What to do, what to do…

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