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#1 posted 12-02-2018 09:17 PM

thanks @bigJohn and @AHuxley . I didn’t want to invest money in a saw that I’m gonna outgrow quickly, but honestly I think I’m just day dreaming and in reality I’ll be cutting way below 12” for quite some time so that should be plenty. Likewise I’m not a production shop so if it takes longer to resaw a board because the motor isn’t the mightiest that’s not a problem and I tend to agree that the build seems much more solid than the G513 (I’d buy the G513X2, but it’s a bit too much budget wise and I think I found a rikon 326 on offer).

Also I like the high resaw fence, if I didn’t get the X2 in grizzly land the fence the normal G513 ships with is a low and while it can be adjusted with another piece of plywood it’s more work and maybe less precision (and you eat up some of the bed space).

Last but not least somebody in another thread brought up that the rikon offers 5yrs warranty while laguna only 1yr altho you never know what the warranty ends up really covering until something fails and you call in – far too many times it was blamed on wear and tear or poor maintenance and refused to replace under warranty.

so I guess I’m going to buy the Rikon 10-326 or Laguna 14/12 (or Grizzly G0513X2 if something unexpected happens) depending on the deal I’m able to find, but considering budget and warranty that’s probably going to be the Rikon.

thanks all for the input, very helpful as usual,

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