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#1 posted 12-11-2013 06:47 PM

I have the Rikon 10-305 . The Craftsman 21400 clone is the same saw without the fence.
I am very extremely satisfied with my Rikon and it can be bought for $200 usually.
When a bandsaw starts to cut crooked it is usually a tension problem, or a blade problem.
I will have to say I could tell a marked difference in cut control when I went to 1/2” “Wood Slicer” blades for making straight cuts

The Wood Slicer blades can be bought from Highland (Hardware) Woodworking. The saw itself is available from many sources, including Highland.

You will probably not be happy with this saw for serious re-saw work as it only has 4 3/8” vertical capacity. But, having said that, I have resawn some 4” cherry and some 3 1/2” red oak and it cut like butter.

Most of the other bench top band saws have aluminum tables and are for very light hobby use. As far as I know, the Rikon is the smallest saw with a cast iron table and that you can get Wood Slicer blades for.

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