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Forum topic by ScottKaye posted 03-14-2018 09:42 PM 523 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-14-2018 09:42 PM

I have a seriously underpowered early 1980’s delta bandsaw with a 6” riser block. About the only thing the saw is really good at is scroll work. Id like to pick up a decent saw that can handle resawing and other beefier tasks. I have a few bucks in my pocket and Woodcraft has a 15% off sale on all Rikon thru the 19th. The two models I’m most interested in are the Model 10-342: 18″ Deluxe Bandsaw for $1360 and the Model 10-353: 14″ Professional Bandsaw for $1275.

Both bandsaws are pretty similar. The 14 pro has a 3hp motor the 18 deluxe has a 2hp (don’t think 1 hp will mater in a bandsaw after you get to 2hp and beyond could be wrong though) the 14 pro has a higher verticle capacity at 14” the 18” has a 13” verticle capacity. Again. splitting hairs. I doubt ill be resawing something that large but you never know. The 14 Pro has a foot break the 18 does not. the 18 has a spare 110 outlet on the back of the saw the 14 does not. the 18 can handle 1 3/8 wide blades the 14 Pro only 1”. OF course, the big difference is the horizontal capacity of 13 58” for the 14” and 17 1/2” for the 18. I understand some people have an issue with the table height of these saw being right around 36”. I don’t find that to be a problem and if I do I can always build short 4-6” stand for the saw to sit on.

Why is the 18” 2hp motor rated at 7amp while the 14” 3hp motor is rated at 13amps. should it make a difference in my decision?

Also, the 14” is rated at 4300 ft/min while the 18” is rated at 3280 ft/min. Again. should I be concerned? I’ve read a few reviews that the 18” has plenty of power but does it really?

Interested to hear what the community has to say!

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#1 posted 03-14-2018 10:01 PM

I do not agree that the difference between 2 and 3 horsepower is negligible. If you resaw wide material, the difference in performance will be quite significant. If it were me, I would buy the pro grade saw without giving it a second thought. I don’t need 17.5 inches of throat capacity for ripping or cross cutting because I have a table saw and a track saw for that. You might value that feature more than me.

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#2 posted 03-14-2018 11:25 PM

thanks for you input, Artman. I really didnt think the 18” with 2h/p would be considered underpowered. Havent read any reviews to that anyway. But you got me thinking now. What about the 14” only being able to accept a 1” wide blade while the 18” can take 1 3/8” wide blades. the wider the blade the better for resawing correct?

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