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12-28-2017 04:35 PM

I know i’ve read a bunch of posts on rikon and grizzly bandsaws. i’m looking at the Rikon 10-353 has a brake but is a bit smaller but 3 hp and more height of cut, the rikon 10-342 doesn’t have a brake, and the Grizzly G0513X2BF with auto and foot brake which i can get for just under 1300 shipped to my door. the rikons both come in about 1500 shipped. The guides on the rikon look pretty nice. i’m mainly going to use this bandsaw for resawing as i have a grizzly g0555 for smaller things. i couldn’t pass it up i bought the grizzly for 300 with mobile base. Is having a brake a big deal? i think its a safety thing which would benefit me from accidentally cutting my arm. i’ve been looking on cl for months. i am not a fan of the laguna while it looks pretty i just don’t think its beefyness i’m looking for. please give me your .02 i open to either brand. there isn’t much on the the new rikons. thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 12-28-2017 05:15 PM

I have a delta 14” for scrolling and a grizzly 0555lx with riser for resawing. It’s handled everything I can throw at it. 10-11” slab rips.

A machine built for resawing would definitely be better but if you’re looking for value it’s an option.

I don’t miss a brake. Maybe in the 15-20 second it takes to stop and quick release tension on the blade and then I forget about it til next time. A buddy of mine has a 20” & 17”. He never uses the brake.

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#2 posted 12-28-2017 05:27 PM

I have the Rikon 10-325 14inch for resawing. I have resawn ~10-11inch Ash with no problems. The 1-1/2hp seems like more than enough power to do what it needs.

FWIW, I eventually went “smaller” for my curve cuts and got the Rikon 10-305 10inch. NOW I have the best of both worlds, and enjoy having both… ;-)

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

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#3 posted 12-28-2017 06:03 PM

Had a Delta 14” was trying to get the Laguna 14/12 but had a hard time coming to terms with the price when I came across a 17” General with 5 blades with about 2 hours use for the same $ as the Laguna. Did pick up the Rikon 10-305 and have the best of both worlds!!! :) Worth while watching for used stuff sometimes!

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#4 posted 12-28-2017 06:18 PM

I have 2 of the Rikon 10-325’s. One with 1/2” resale blade and one with 3/16” scroll blade. I have never needed any more.

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#5 posted 12-28-2017 07:09 PM


I find the blade break useful from time to time. It comes in handy when I have two cuts that require adjusting the fence. After the first cut, the ability to stop the blade rather quickly allows the fence to be precisely readjusted when measuring fence to blade distance. However I am not sure how often this type of adjustment would be needed when resawing.

While not ideal, a blade can be stopped in short order without a blade break. The saw could be turned off and then a piece of scrap cut with a slow feed rate. When the blade is almost at a stop, the scrap is backed away from the blade to keep the scrap from becoming trapped. The resistance generated by the cut would bring the unpowered blade to a stop quicker than allowing the blade to coast to a stop.

Looking at the just the power and resaw capacity, it appears the Rikon 10-353 is the better saw with a 3 hp 13 amp 240v motor and re-saw height of 14”. However the blade to column distance is limited compared to the Grizzly and Rikon 10-342. What is less clear is the extent of flex in the column of the three bandsaws. I would think a stiff column would be needed to properly tension a wide resaw blade; necessary for a drift-free cut. When shopping for a bandsaw I found comparing column stiffness was a very difficult. But if one assumes the maximum width of blade that can be installed on the saw is an indicator of column stiffness, the Rikon 10-342 would seem to offer the stiffest column.

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#6 posted 12-29-2017 01:05 AM

While not ideal, a blade can be stopped in short order without a blade break. The saw could be turned off and then a piece of scrap cut with a slow feed rate.
- JBrow

Exactly what I do. My bandsaw is for resawing and rough cutting, I’ve never said to myself – man, wish I had a brake.

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#7 posted 12-29-2017 01:11 AM

I have the Grizzly G0513X2, so no brake.
I am very happy with the saw, and it has cut everything I have asked of it.
At the moment I have a 1/4” blade in it. I went out and checked how long it took to stop.
It took 35 seconds for the blade to stop on its own.
Sometimes, I have wanted the blade break. But when I bought mine, the version with the break was not on sale.
Would have cost me an extra $325.
I am happy with my choice. But trying to remember specs. I think I only have 12 inches of resaw capacity.
HP has not been an issue yet. Handled a 10” mesquite log with a 3/4” blade just fine.
Sounds like you have done all your homework. Is the blade break worth the extra cost to you? IMO, its safe enough. But I never try to adjust anything till it stops.
And does the Grizzly have enough resaw capacity for your needs?
Either way I think you will have a nice saw.
good luck.

-- John

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#8 posted 12-29-2017 05:53 AM

Well everyone thanks for chiming in. it appears that having 2 bandsaws is better than 1 lol. glad nobody said anything bad about either saw. after thinking about it more and reading this and more….. looking at my current grizzly closer. i found a place that had the 10-353 setup. so for the heck of it i drove 200 miles to check it out. he also told me on phone he’d do 1300$ on it so i was…like wth whats there to lose. when i got there i was very pleased with the way it looked and the fit and finish was pretty impressive. i liked how all the spring loaded bearing guides and hand cranks operated the fence is fantastic! this machine is very solid! very stout! for me it kinda had the best of both worlds more hp, more height and a brake. i do wish it had more throat but pretty sure i wont need it. the table height? honestly im 6 foot and if im cutting big heavy lumber im kinda thinking its going to be way easier on me, more comfortable….this was a concern but im over it haha. i asked the manager if he could do any better on it he came back a couple mins later and said 1199 not a penny less so i bought it. plus a 3/4 3tpi blade, a hd mobility kit, chalk line and chalk out the door 1380$ it was even put together. i was very impressed with this little place in the nowhere minnesota and i will definitely be going back.

thanks again!

i will power it up tomorrow! im kinda excited!!

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#9 posted 02-03-2018 01:33 AM

Drm11981, What place in Minnesota did you go to? I live in Minnesota it would be curious as to where you were able to purchase the saw.

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#10 posted 02-03-2018 04:10 PM

I got it from the trading post in Glenville. They are awesome there. I’ll be checking with them on a drum sander and bigger jointer next. Where in MN our you from?

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#11 posted 02-12-2018 06:17 PM

I’m from Zimmerman MN. I did stop into this store. They have some really nice stuff for being out in the middle of nowhere ville. :)
I’m in the same boat as you. Looking at the Grizzly G0513X2BF and wondering if I need that much saw. This Rikon saw seems to be a great saw.
How are you liking the 10-353?

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#12 posted 07-13-2018 10:21 PM

sorry man thought i answered this. i love it. it laughs at everything i plow through it. i like everything about the saw.

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