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11-29-2010 04:21 AM

I have decided that I need one more tool from the 3000hr sale and since I have a way to sand things (belt sander) I am reluctantly going to pass up the Jet drum sander and go for a band saw. I am growing my tool collection from framing tools to woodworking so right now I have to evaluate how I “can” do things versus how I “want” to do things (i.e. belt sander works so no drum sander this time). I have never had a great need for re-sawing so I am not sure that is a concern, but I don’t want to be disappointed. I am looking at the Jet Model JWBS-14CS (about $500) or the JWBS-14DXPRO ($749). I think the 14” Rikon was on sale, but I can’t remember the price on it. Obviously the $500 saw sounds best to my budget (and my wife), but I am hoping for a little direction. If I can live with the 6” re-saw limit will I be happy with that saw? I would like to make some band saw boxes, different cutting board and similar projects. Thanks for the help. I am going to woodcraft when I get home from work in the morning so any quick help is appreciated!!!

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#1 posted 11-29-2010 04:37 AM

The Rikon 10-345 14” BS is a great tool with excellent resaw capability without having to install riser blocks as you need to do on most 14” BS’s. It is / was on sale for $699 at Woodcraft which, considering the quality of the tool, is a great value.

The only problem is the crap blade that it comes with. We have a few Timberwolf blades but, the Woodslicer blades have gotten some very good reviews here on LJ’s.

You will also find several reviews on the Rikon BS in the LJ reviews.

Good luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#2 posted 11-29-2010 04:55 AM

The rikon saw seem like the best choice of the options you suggest and I fully agree with the recommendation of Viking re the woodslicer blade – it is dynamite and will make all the differance. After all, within reason, the saw makes the blade go around but it is the blade that does the job!

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#3 posted 11-29-2010 05:18 AM

Ok. The Rikon is what I really want but the $500 is what I can really afford. The updated question is will I be happy with the Jet or should I scrape up the $200 from somewhere else?

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#4 posted 11-29-2010 05:38 AM


Things you may consider;

1. If resaw capacity is an issue for you, a set of 6” riser blocks for the jet will be at least $100. The Rikon has resaw capacity of almost 13” standard.

2. The Rikon comes with a pretty decent fence which you would have to add to the $500 Jet (Jet fence is about $120).

3. The Rikon comes with a blade tension / detension lever. On the Jet you have to crank down the tension knob after every use then readjust next time you use it.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#5 posted 11-29-2010 05:55 AM

No matter which saw you obtain, you need to get it ‘tuned-up’. And then you must maintain it in that condition. And then you need a correct, good, & sharp blade. With thess, a band saw will be a pleasure to use. Without both, any saw’s performance will be less than satisfactory.

Tuning up a band saw is not difficult. I have several saws. One can take up to an hour to change the blade, completely & properly set up, and tune up. Another of my bandsaws take less than 10 minute to do the same.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#6 posted 11-29-2010 06:18 AM

I have the Jet DXPRO and really like it. Since its frame is already cast taller, no riser block is necessary to get 12” resaw capacity, and it comes with easy to adjust roller bearings. I wired mine for 220, and added a Woodslicer blade, and it does everything I ask of it with precision. OTOH, that Rikon 14” saw looks like a good buy, too.

-- Gene T

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Steven H

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#7 posted 11-29-2010 07:47 AM

The.Shop Fox W1706 is the perfect match for you. It can cut up
to 6 inches, has cast iron wheels which many 14” bandsaw dont’t have. A closed base. All that for $540!!

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#8 posted 11-29-2010 04:12 PM

I have the Jet JWBS-14CS with the Jet resaw fence … I love it.

I considered the one with the riser block, but for the work I do, the 6” resaw capacity is fine. I installed a Carter Quick Release.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#9 posted 11-29-2010 07:08 PM
G0513P 17” 2 HP Bandsaw, Polar Bear Series
On sale now, I looked at it when I had a chance to be at the PA store, pretty nice for the money! If you havent bought one yet!

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#10 posted 12-02-2010 04:32 AM

Just thought I would let everyone know what I decided. Thanks to Steven H I ended up with the Shop Fox. Set up was not too bad although I really wanted to pull it out and plug it in. I don’t enjoy putting things together, but time spent there pays off. I made my first bandsaw box out of a scrap cedar 4×4 and should have it posted soon. It is the best band saw I have ever owned!

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#11 posted 12-15-2010 03:46 AM

Rikon 10-325 for sure. love mine

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#12 posted 12-15-2010 04:40 AM

I was in the market for a bandsaw. My motto is ”DON’T GET WHAT YOU NEED, GET WHAT YOU MIGHT NEED”. In my research, I found that ALL bandsaws are made in Taiwan. I was going to get a Grizzly, but I really didn’t want to buy a saw ”site unseen”. The only way to buy a Grizzly is to buy it online or buy a used one. So I started looking at other options. The Grizzly had a 2 hp motor. In looking at other options, I found that Rikon has an 18 inch bandsaw available with a 2.5 hp motor. It has a 12 in cutting capacity. The next step up is a saw mill! I ordered one and it is suppose to arrive in January.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#13 posted 12-17-2010 01:15 PM

Sorry to hijack and revive this thread but I’m also in the market for a bandsaw with a budget of between $500-$600. The Shop Fox looks like a great unit, particularly with a closed base and cast iron wheels. I can’t seem to find it anywhere locally unfortunately and the other unit I’m considering is the G0555P. Does anyone have any direct experience with both to compare? I see lots of posting with high marks for the Grizzly unit but not much out there about the Shop Fox…

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#14 posted 12-17-2010 05:02 PM

I cant help with a comparison but shop fox is built by Grizzly, I just bought the 19” with the manual foot brake and am in the process of getting it put together. Seems very well built for the money. They are having the Christmas sales right now so you can get almost any model for a pretty good deal. They told me that even if they were out of stock on an item they would honor the price if you bought it now. I live about two hours from the PA store and had a chance to look at all of them so I had a bit the chance to see before I bought. I didn’t want to buy sight unseen either but again for the price it seems that most of the large items are built very well and for me not trying to run a business with them felt very comfortable buying from them.

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#15 posted 12-17-2010 06:05 PM

I really love my Rikon 10-325 and “Viking’s” points are dead-on accurate. WC now has it for $899. That seems to be the new “normal” price so I would keep an eye out for WC to put it on sale at $799 and then jump on it.

FYI, last June 2010 it was “on sale” at $699 with a “normal” price of $799. So again,... buy when it hits a SALE PRICE of $799 and you will never regret it. Why buy cheaper and have to add blocks and a fence only to end up spending the same or more?

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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