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Laguna 14/12 vs Rikon 10-326 Bandsaw Options - Help Please!

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I know similar questions have come up multiple times on this forum. I have read through a lot of these threads.

However, I am hoping we can limit this thread to a simple vote between the two aforementioned saws.

Woodcraft has the Laguna 14-12 for 10% off - with final price of approximately $1,000
Woodcraft will have the Rikon 10-326 for 15% off in march, resulting in a final price of approximately $850.

That's a $150 difference between the two saws, but I'm not sweating. I am more interested in buying the better saw

Please note these are the ONLY two saws I'm considering. So with all due respect to other brands (Grizzly, Jet, Delta, etc., etc.), I would likely to kindly request fellow forum members to simply vote which between the two aforementioned saws would you choose.

Thanks in advance.

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Now the Grizzly G0513ANV - 17", 2 HP bandsaw is one sale for $100 off. The shipping is $109, but the total would only be $934. Where does this Grizzly stand in comparison to the 2 bandsaws previously discussed?

- TaySC
I had that saw and loved it. Only reason I sold it was because I picked up a 36" Tannewitz and couldn't justify taking up the additional floor space. I use my bandsaw more than any other tool in the shop.
If I had to get another bandsaw, it would more than likely be a Grizzly.

That said, Laguna for a long time has had a reputation for making premium bandsaws, so long as you bought the European models. If you're going to buy one that's made in Taiwan, then the Grizzly comes into play as many times, these tools are all made in the same factory.

Laguna has had customer service issues in the past but it looks like they cleaned up that mess quite well recently and any issue I had with Grizzly, which is rare, had been taken care of promptly.
Woody, any thoughts on the Rikon?

- TaySC
If you have a chance to get your hands on it and like it, I wouldn't be afraid of buying it. Rikon has been building a good reputation and has a pretty loyal following. If I recall, and please double check, they have one of the best warranties in the business. That's just going off the top of my head.

When I was looking for a bandsaw just for cutting curves, I almost got a Rikon 10 or 12", I can't recall which one. Then, a Grizzly 18" came up on Craigslist for $250 so I would have been an idiot to not jump all over that.
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