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bluephi1914

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07-04-2019 05:49 AM

I currently own a Rikon 10-305 10 inch band saw… It’s served is purpose but it’s motor just doesn’t have enough power for what i do.

I don’t do any resawing.but won’t rule it out for the future.

Right now i currently cut curves in 3×3 inch popular,pine and oak

I’ve looked at a few saws

grizzly g0555 deluxe
Rikon 10-324 or 10-326
Grizzly 17 inch G0513 anniversary
Laguna 14-12

I really don’t want to spend more than 800… But if i have to i will….

I guess I’m looking for insight and comments. I think the g0555 will be sufficient….I’ve also seen a used rikon 10-324 for $500 but the poster of the ad won’t answer emails.

I think the Laguna and New Rikons are overkill and very expensive so I’m wondering if the Grizzly 17 inch for $875 can handle what the rikons and Laguna can. Or should i Just settle with the g0555 deluxe or anniversary

Thanks in advance

-- Jack of all trades and a master of most of them.


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rockusaf

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#1 posted 07-04-2019 07:05 AM

I can’t help with any advice since I don’t have a bandsaw currently but will be watching this since I’m looking at a G0555 myself. I had a line on a 30th anniversary one but got no response from the seller, it was a good deal so I assume someone else snatched it up. Now a new 35th anniversary edition caught my eye so I’m hoping my chief financial officer (IE: SWMBO) will let me pick one up.

Rock

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bilyo

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#2 posted 07-04-2019 01:05 PM

You seem to say that the only problem with your current saw is that the motor is not powerful enough. Have you considered putting on a larger motor?

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bigJohninvegas

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#3 posted 07-04-2019 01:08 PM

I have the Grizzly GO513×2. It is a monster, that has cut everything I have ever fed it.
I understand your budget, but I looked at the anniversary saw when I bought my X2.
Look close at the specs on the 2 saws.
they have upgraded the guides on the anniversary edition since I bought my saw back in 2016. And I have never used the euro guides they are advertising today.
But the X2 has cast iron wheel,vs cast aluminum, trunnion is Cast iron vs stamped steel, and it comes with a very nice resaw fence.
So when I bought mine, the guides on the anniversary saw were a cool block style. The bearing guide on the X2 were more like the Carter bearing guides. I knew I would want to upgrade the guides, and the fence. And it has been to long to quote prices, but to upgrade the two would have made it something like a $1500 saw. So I pulled the trigger on the X2 and got the cast iron wheels and trunnion too.
So I got a little better bang for the buck.
I had looked at the other big brands too. And just could not afford the extra cost. Jet, Laguna, Rikon.

Good luck.

-- John

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Charlie H.

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#4 posted 07-04-2019 01:37 PM

The 2hp saw will need 220V or a20A 110V circuit, just something to consider depending on electricity available.
All of the saws are a significant step up from the 10” saw.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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Hockey

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#5 posted 07-04-2019 01:53 PM

One saw in your price range that is not on your list is the newer Jet 14sfx. About $1,000 with the upcoming Jet 10% off sale.

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mdhills

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#6 posted 07-04-2019 01:57 PM

What blade are you using with the 10” rikon, and how old is it?
(is this still the original 10tpi blade that comes with the saw?)

A sharp blade and getting the right tooth configuration for the cut makes a huge difference in performance.
I don’t think the motor size makes as much difference as the blade’s sharpness and ability to clear waste.

What diameter of curves are you cutting? (gentle arcs, or tight curves for bandsaw boxes?) Gentler curves will allow you to go with larger gullets, which helps in clearing waste; this isn’t as easy if you are trying to run a 1/8” blade.

Matt

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bluephi1914

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#7 posted 07-04-2019 03:58 PM


You seem to say that the only problem with your current saw is that the motor is not powerful enough. Have you considered putting on a larger motor?

- bilyo

I never considered a new motor..i guess i May have incorrectly assumed it would be half the price of a new saw…. So i didn’t give that much thought. I may have to look into that.

-- Jack of all trades and a master of most of them.

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bluephi1914

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#8 posted 07-04-2019 04:01 PM



The 2hp saw will need 220V or a20A 110V circuit, just something to consider depending on electricity available.
All of the saws are a significant step up from the 10” saw.

I wired my shop 20 amp and its easy to add a third 220 if i need it. I i appreciate the heads up.

- Charlie H.


-- Jack of all trades and a master of most of them.

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bluephi1914

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#9 posted 07-04-2019 04:11 PM



What blade are you using with the 10” rikon, and how old is it?
(is this still the original 10tpi blade that comes with the saw?)

A sharp blade and getting the right tooth configuration for the cut makes a huge difference in performance.
I don t think the motor size makes as much difference as the blade s sharpness and ability to clear waste.

What diameter of curves are you cutting? (gentle arcs, or tight curves for bandsaw boxes?) Gentler curves will allow you to go with larger gullets, which helps in clearing waste; this isn t as easy if you are trying to run a 1/8” blade.

Matt

- mdhills

I have a blade from Highland woodworking…so its not stock.I’ll have to check the specs and name.

Curve aren’t to steep imo

-- Jack of all trades and a master of most of them.

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bluephi1914

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#10 posted 07-08-2019 11:35 AM

I think I am gonna go with the Rikon 10-324.

Looking at the G0555 after you add freight and a riser block kit… you are almost at the price of the Rikon… from what I hear Rikon is about to run a sale shortly so i will just wait

-- Jack of all trades and a master of most of them.

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