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SquareEnough

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03-03-2019 02:39 AM

Like many others, I’m debating a Rikon/Laguna 14” vs the Grizzly G0513X2. I get the Grizzly is a great value and has a bigger table and does a good job resawing but the two 14” have a lot of great features that lend themselves to cutting clean. I expect I’ll be splitting time between resawing and detail work. Will I be happier with the quailty of work with a Grizzly 17” or a high end 14”?

This is the last machine I need to complete the shop. Every other piece has seemed to be an obvious choice for my needs but this has had me scratching my head.


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TimInIndiana

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#1 posted 03-03-2019 02:45 AM

One important consideration – are you able to properly supply electrical for the G0513X2? It requires a 30A circuit at 110V (15A at 220V).

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DMiller

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#2 posted 03-03-2019 02:49 AM

I’d saw go with the Laguna 14/12. I purchased one recently and it does a great job of resawing and scrolling.

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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SquareEnough

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#3 posted 03-03-2019 02:51 AM



One important consideration – are you able to properly supply electrical for the G0513X2? It requires a 30A circuit at 110V (15A at 220V).

- TimInIndiana

Yeah, good call though. I ran a 75 amp subpanel to the garage. Powers my 8” Rockwell jointer, tablesaw, brewing system, etc.

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#4 posted 03-03-2019 02:54 AM

LAGUNA!!! I am a huge fan. Took me a year of research before I bought. Here’s my short and sweet video and my review.

You will not be dissapointed. Promise.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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TimInIndiana

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#5 posted 03-03-2019 02:55 AM

Yeah, good call though. I ran a 75 amp subpanel to the garage. Powers my 8” Rockwell jointer, tablesaw, brewing system, etc.

- SquareEnough

I’m certainly not an electrician, so take what I say with a grain of salt. But my understanding is that you’ll want to pull 10 AWG wire for the 30A circuit if you don’t have it already.

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#6 posted 03-03-2019 02:58 AM

I got the 17” griz. Love it. Can’t imagine wanting or needing another saw. Power, table size, space, capacity…it has it all.

I will take as fine a blade as the smaller, but will also take bigger. I could see me getting a 14” just to have two setup at one time, but I love being able to run the big blades for resaw.

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SquareEnough

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#7 posted 03-03-2019 03:03 AM

Yeah, good call though. I ran a 75 amp subpanel to the garage. Powers my 8” Rockwell jointer, tablesaw, brewing system, etc.

- SquareEnough

I m certainly not an electrician, so take what I say with a grain of salt. But my understanding is that you ll want to pull 10 AWG wire for the 30A circuit if you don t have it already.

- TimInIndiana

Yeah, I tend to do everything over code. A few extra bucks is worth the peace of mind.

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#8 posted 03-03-2019 03:10 AM

Good evening from NC . I am in the same position regarding the purchase of a bandsaw I am new to woodworking and at my age, 57, I am attempting to save my pennies and only by once. I have read countless reviews and looked at both Rikon and Laguna. I think i am going to go with the Laguna 14 bx 220V 2.5 HP. I enjoy buying rough lumber and milling it myself. I wanted a machine that i could use for resawing as well as other needs. I have 220 in my shop for my table saw and jointer that I have yet to purchase.

Given that I am new to the woodworking world any guidance/thoughts is welcome and appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

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#9 posted 03-03-2019 03:18 AM

I went through this and chose the Rikon 10-326.
I really prefer its guide system over the other two saws.

I have great 220v all over my shop, but I decided to get the 120v Rikon and it is simply fantastic.

I wanted to buy my saw locally, so I did not seriously consider an order from Grizzly.
I looked at and played around some with Rikon, Laguna, and Jet options.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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SquareEnough

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#10 posted 03-03-2019 03:20 AM


I went through this and chose the Rikon 10-326.
I really prefer its guide system over the other two saws.
- jimintx

Interesting, what do you like about the guide over the Laguna?

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onoitsmatt

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#11 posted 03-03-2019 04:00 AM

Yeah I’m interested to hear about the Rikon too. I have the Rikon and hate the bearing guides for scroll work. Maybe I’m doing something wrong. I had an old 1950s Delta 14” that was great for scroll work but the Rikon bearing guides are too fiddly to get dialed in well for it.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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Gittyup

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#12 posted 03-03-2019 04:22 AM

I own a G0513X. Love it. The size cannot be underestimated. I’m sure other 17”+ saws are also quite good. But a 14” will limit you more than you might think. I also own a 14” . I have it set up with a carter guide and a 1/4” blade. I keep the Grizzly setup for resawing. But, on several occasions I’ve add to change out the resaw blade to a smaller blade when the pieces I was cutting were too big for my 14”. The rise on some 14” saws will also limit your resawing. Tough call, but if I could only have one, it would be bigger not smaller.

-- tel

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SquareEnough

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#13 posted 03-03-2019 04:43 AM

Do you feel like you can do scroll work with the g0513x when necessary?

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BlueRidgeDog

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#14 posted 03-03-2019 12:25 PM



Do you feel like you can do scroll work with the g0513x when necessary?

- SquareEnough

easily. A big saw is not “bad” at small work (IMHO). A big saw can do small work and big work. A small saw can do small work.

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Redoak49

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#15 posted 03-03-2019 02:08 PM

One question is what kind of work you will be doing.

I have a 16” Jet for resaw. I also do scroll saw work and wanted a small bandsaw. I bought the 10” Rikon to run 1/8” and 3/16” blades using a Carter Stabilizer. I can do things with it that you can not do with a larger bandsaw.

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