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Theokwoodworker

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03-27-2019 03:51 AM

After years of dealing with a 9” Delta bench top bandsaw I’m ready for a real bandsaw. I am torn between

https://www.woodcraft.com/products/14-steel-frame-band-saw-13-resaw-capacity-model-jwbs14-sfx

https://www.woodcraft.com/products/laguna-14-12-bandsaw

https://woodcraft-production-weblinc.netdna-ssl.com/product_images/rikon-14-deluxe-bandsaw-model-10-326/5845cf8a69702d3a1e000351/super_zoom.jpg?c=1480970122

Jet 14” steel frame
Laguna 14-12
Rikon 10-326

I’m leaning hevily towards the rikon before I pull the trigger I’m looking for opinions especially regarding longevity, power and ease of use.

Thanks in advance!


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Lazyman

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#1 posted 03-27-2019 04:10 AM

Have you looked at them in person? I don’t know if it was the rikon you are looking at but I saw a used one recently whose table just didn’t look very well finished. That would be my only concern with that one. With price being basically equal, I think I would go with the jet myself. Unfortunately, i think you may have just missed one of their 10% off sales.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Rich

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#2 posted 03-27-2019 05:37 AM

I have the Rikon 10-326 and it’s a solid performer (the table is finished flawlessly), but those are all good machines, and any of them will do well for you.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Francisco Luna

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#3 posted 03-27-2019 06:40 AM

I’m with Rich, have been thinking about this bandsaw, I have seen lots of good reviews….
http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=75265&cat=1,41036,75262

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Theokwoodworker

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#4 posted 03-29-2019 12:21 PM

Well I picked up the rikon yesterday, assembly went pretty quick. Set the table and fence square did my first ever resaw with some scrap and it came out really good with just the blade it came with. I’m pretty impressed so far. I will say the stock blade seems to be trash. Watching the back side of the blade near the thrust bearing there is about 1/8” of travel. Oh well I figured I would need blades anyway.

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Steve

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#5 posted 03-29-2019 01:32 PM

I’m running a 1/2” Timberwolf resaw blade on my 10-326 and it cuts great.

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Rich

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#6 posted 03-29-2019 02:10 PM


Watching the back side of the blade near the thrust bearing there is about 1/8” of travel.

- Theokwoodworker

What sort of travel are you talking about?

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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GrantA

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#7 posted 03-29-2019 02:30 PM

Yeah you do know you have to adjust the thrust bearings and guides right? Nothing should have 1/8” travel/play

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Lazyman

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#8 posted 03-29-2019 03:27 PM

Sounds like maybe the blade has a little kink in it?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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John Stegall

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#9 posted 03-29-2019 03:42 PM

Look at Alex Snodgrass on YouTube. His Band Saw Clinic is one of the best on setting up your saw with a lot of short cuts that really produce good results. I found it to one of the easiest to understand and follow. I have an old Delta and it really learned some new tricks.

-- jstegall

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Theokwoodworker

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#10 posted 04-02-2019 03:31 PM

Yeah the weld on the blade is garbage, I watch the blade as it slows and it moves back and forth. I set the thrust bearing just a hair off the blade and the blade hits it right where it’s welded. Tension is good. I’ve watched the Snodgrass video probably 5 times lol. It’s a great video. There is also a ticking sound which I saw in another review video went away after putting on a quality blade.

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Rich

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#11 posted 04-02-2019 04:12 PM


Yeah the weld on the blade is garbage, I watch the blade as it slows and it moves back and forth. I set the thrust bearing just a hair off the blade and the blade hits it right where it s welded. Tension is good. I ve watched the Snodgrass video probably 5 times lol. It s a great video. There is also a ticking sound which I saw in another review video went away after putting on a quality blade.

- Theokwoodworker

You want to check the weld against a straightedge or flat surface. Wobbling alone is not an indication of a bad weld.

In your 10-326 user guide, at the bottom of page 27, it explains how to adjust the saw to remove back and forth blade wobble. Mine needed adjustment, and yours might too.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Sawdust35

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#12 posted 04-02-2019 06:28 PM

OP- I have the Laguna 14bx and have been very happy with its performance so far. Have re-sawed 10” tall cherry with the resaw king blade with ease. I got the saw on sale, if Jet or Rikon had a sale back then I would have considered them as well. Good luck.

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