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#1 posted 12-02-2018 06:45 PM

thanks a lot for the comments. I feel like based on the offers and what I m seeing it s down to Laguna vs Rikon vs Grizzly. I m guessing the made in usa is not really a thing with any of them and it seems Laguna is also no longer manufacturing stuff in Italy, either eastern europe or even China judging from some other forum posts. Looking at the specs and costs I m seeing the following:

- the rikon 10-324 and 326 have the same resawing capacity, but the 326 has the cast iron wheel, a better trunnion and 1/4 more HP. Are those differences worth $300? (I found the 324 on offer for around $800 and the 326 is $1099).

- the grizzly G0513ANV has a 2HP so if motor is a big factor then this is a winner. Also it s a 17”, but resawing capacity wise it seems to lose 1” and be the standard 12”. No cast iron wheels either and overall fabrication seems weaker than the rikon, altho maybe just an impression

- the laguna seems to have overall higher build quality and in several forum discussions people said that if they had the money/option they d bought laguna over their rikon, even tho their rikon did just fine. motor for the 14|12 is 1HP 3/4, so smaller than the grizzly and smaller table, it s a 14” after all. Also price (unless found on offer) is higher than the grizzly. Trunnion system looks very good.

One thing I m confused about regarding re-sawing capacity, I found several posts where ppl were talking about the 14|12 for example and resawing 13” worth of timber. He had pics so while I couldnt measure them it seems reasonable to believe the poster. Is the 12” spec only nominal and in fact many BS will do 13” or something?


- Spikes

Grizzly, Laguna and Rikon have never built machines in the US. Laguna still imports Italian saws made by ACM in Italy but just like the Centauro built SCM saws they are well out of your budget as the 16” saws are around $3500.

IMO the 10-326 is worth the premium over the 10-324. Again IMO the 10-326 and 14/12 are the best new saws for your budget.

The problem with the 513ANV is it is a serious stripper price point saw. It has poor guides that are fidgety to set, a small table, lacks a resaw fence and has aluminum wheels along with some other smaller cons. The 513X2 fixes the deficiencies but runs about $1300 shipped. I would much rather have the 14/12 or 10-326 over the 513ANV unless I absolutely needed the extra throat depth.

Resaw height is often rounded off and you can have a little more or less than the spec. If you really are going to be cutting 12” of hardwood regularly then you might consider saving a little longer and getting a more capable saw. I will point out again you can resaw 12” with very little horsepower with the right blade and patience but you wouldn’t want to do it often.

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