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Posted on Powermatic PWBS-14CS vs Laguna MBAND1412-175 14 x 12 vs Grizzly G0513ANV

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#1 posted 05-01-2017 11:42 PM

For that price range, I bought the Rikon 14-326. That is what I would buy again.

I would not recommend buying a saw that needed a riser kit to obtain good resew capacity, unless its only use is to cut out curved patterns from somewhat thinner material.

There are many many opinions about band saws, on LJ and all over the web. If you have not used the search function on this site to read the more recent threads on band saw selection, you should.

For sure you will have some people that mostly ignore that you want a new saw and tell you to search for an old one, usually on craigslist. I will not tell you that as I didn’t want to do it that way, and I don’t really think it is a particularly good way in my area. I and fully understand all the problems with that approach, not the least of which can become “fixing up” the old machine.

You will also get a lot of advice on current saws based on experience with the older models from the same brands. I do not really think that is highly relevant if the comparison is based on a saw that is more than 5 or maybe 10 years old – but it is interesting reading.

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