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Forum topic by M24300Win posted 08-06-2017 02:31 AM 590 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-06-2017 02:31 AM

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I’ve read more reviews and threads on this and I’m loosing my mind over it. I’ve narrowed my choices down to the following and thought I’d get some advice.
1. Grizzly G0513X2 17” – 2 hp – $1134 shipped.
2. RIKON 10-342 18” – 2hp – $1480 shipped.
3. Rikon 10-326 14” – 1.75hp – $1078 shipped.
4. Laguna 14bx 14” – 1.75hp – $1474 shipped.

I need something that works well and will last. I have a lot of 2”x12” Cherry most of it is 6-10’ long that needs resawn. I’ll be building mostly benches, tables, chairs & cabinets. I’m not running a business but may do it on the side as a possibility. I was thinking just go big, but i’m using a stall in my garage. the other stall doubles as a photo studio and I’d still like to be able to stash a car on both sides if possible when needed. If everything is on wheels this is possible. Which way would you recommend.

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#1 posted 08-06-2017 02:46 AM

I would want the largest saw, assuming
it was of reasonable quality. My preference
doesn’t have so much to do with resaw
capacity as the ability to run wide blades
and the throat capacity to do things like
cut notches in panel corners. An 18”
or larger saw is a real convenience that
way and in working with solid wood can
largely supplant the table saw. Wider
blades track better as they lose sharpness
and can be relied upon to cut straight with
minimal hassle.

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#2 posted 08-06-2017 02:28 PM

It is going to be really hard to buy an 18 inch band saw for the price you are quoting in an area where used equipment isn’t available. I am coming to believe that is most places in the US. If you can’t find a good used saw, I like the Laguna a lot because of the smooth operation, the superior guides and the general fit and finish. The truth is I would probably be happy with any of your choices.

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#3 posted 08-06-2017 02:31 PM

Rikon 18”. My 10-340 is a beast and the company is first rate.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#4 posted 08-06-2017 02:36 PM

For resawing wood that big (long), consider a budget for indeed/outfeed support

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#5 posted 08-06-2017 07:38 PM

The prices posted are what I’ve been quoted. I’m thinking the 10-324 due to the size and not having to remove the fence to change blades. Comparing them all I see it as the most bang for the dollar and it’ll be much more stable working large pieces on vs a 14” saw. Thanks for the insight, it’s very much appreciated.

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