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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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I am in this boat right now as well. I posted in another thread about woodworking with my special needs son. I was looking at Saw Stop and some other table saws but in the end decided to go with scroll saw projects so he could be more hands on during the whole process.

We have 2 companies now donating wood to our cause locally and one of them is giving us exotic wood cut offs. I am needing to resaw most of the stuff we are getting. That is fine with me because we are showing the uniqueness of each kids abilities depending what their niche is.22qcreations is the name of our organization (website being built) it is to give kids and adults with 22q syndrome like my son has an outlet for their creative ideas. My sons is woodworking and that is what he connects with. So for my son we want to be able to resaw this wood and show the uniqueness of each piece of wood and make unique projects.

Someone who makes a living on the craft circuit came and met with me the other day and talked about how we need to set the shop up in a way to batch things out. I get that and I agree for him to sell things and make money on it then we need to make things faster. But I want them to have a uniqueness to them because there is a long story from how we got from a baby that you could tell something was not right with to a 31 minute seizure in 2012 to a now 20 year old that is mentally about 8 that loves to create something out of wood.

Sorry got off on a tangent there. The point is funds are limited and I am needed to resaw with my band saw like 90% of the time. I really need to decide in the next couple days between these saws and do I go with the 220 or 110 since I will be resawing. I would have to have 220 put in the garage and that will be $250 from the electrician. If I did that what saw brand is the best out of all the ones to choose from? I have been reading, watching and trying to decide on my own but I can not figure it out. Because no matter what way I go it sucks up so much of my budget. But the band saw he can use with supervision along with the scroll saw. Since God has opened the door for all this free wood then the things made need to be things from the free wood. Living where we do near the mountains we have lots of people cutting slabs and wood is not hard to come by. I really like the idea of making our own wood out of the scraps the saw mills have as well for projects. So I know the kind of tools I need but figuring out the right ones is not easy. Any help I would thank you for.
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