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#1 posted 04-16-2017 02:58 PM

I think you might come to regret the smaller Rikon. There is not a lot of cutting height, which you might find limiting when you are resawing. As Steve pointed out, it’s painful to buy a tool and then quickly outgrow it and have to contemplate replacing it.

I bought a Grizzly 14” and then added a riser block to increase the height. I needed the extra height for preparing turning blocks for the lathe. I do’t do that much resawing, but when I have the extra height is nice to have. I also found that once I had the bandsaw I started finding other things to do with it, like making bandsaw boxes.

As far as adjustments, once you have the blade installed and tensioned, I find the only adjustment I make frequently is raising and lowering the upper guides. Ocassionally I tilt the table for a project, but that is far less frequent. The fence is needed for resawing, but not much else.

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