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Forum topic by Paul2962 posted 07-05-2019 04:49 AM 842 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-05-2019 04:49 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw laguna rikon

After doing some homework I was going to purchase a laguna 18 bx bandsaw. In a discussion with the guys at woodcraft they said Rikon was a better solution because of inventory and service. I talked to the guys at Rockler who showed me a 18 BX in their community shop.

Big purchase for a new shop. Want to get it right. Not too worried about the price difference.

Opinions?

Paul


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#1 posted 07-05-2019 01:19 PM

Rikon all the way. I own a 10-340 and it’s a beast! Any communication with the company has always been productive and helpful.

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#2 posted 07-05-2019 01:48 PM

You won’t get it wrong with either machine. My observation has been that the fit and finish of Laguna tools is better than Rikon. I own both brands, although not the models you are looking at, and I like the Laguna slightly better overall.

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#3 posted 07-05-2019 04:36 PM

I don’t have any experience with the Rikon 10-340, although I owned a 10-325 for a while and it was a nice saw. Very smooth running and a great value. I’d be surprised if the 10-340 wasn’t a nice tool as well. That said, after looking at the Rikon web site, it feels like these two machines are not in the same class. The 18bx has 50% more power, almost a 50% larger table, and nearly 20% more resaw capacity, so other than the wheel size I don’t know if it’s a fair comparison. I own an 18bx and I like it a lot. I think it comes down to what you are looking for in a bandsaw, and whether the additional capability on the Laguna is worth the additional $200 – $300. If you are just using it for furniture, maybe not. If you are a bowl turner, maybe so. There is also a significant difference in the style of guides on these two machines, and that mostly comes down to personal preference. There are pros and cons with each style.

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#4 posted 07-06-2019 02:40 AM

I have the Laguna 18BX and like it very much. It has more than enough power, size, mass and capabilities for everything I have done with it and has performed outstandingly well. The spacious work surface provides plenty of room and is easy to adjust. The fence is stable and the stop is handy for repetitive cuts. The upper blade guide is stable and allows for dependable cutting.

I really like the ceramic guides which have been easy to set up and have performed flawlessly and given my experience with them, I see no reason to ever go with the traditional bearing type guides.

I like having both dust collection ports on the same side of the machine and many machines have a dust port / collection hose that would protrude out into my work area, particularly during processes in which I begin on the in-feed side of the saw and end up on the out-feed side.

The blade brake is a great feature and is particularly useful in bringing the blade to a stop more swiftly verses waiting for it to stop on its own. It can be surprising how long the blade can continue to spin once shut off and it can be dangerous turning off the saw, setting the workpiece on the workbench and returning to begin another process only to find the blade silently still turning and ready to cut anything or anyone that would come into contact, and it also saves a lot of time when changing from one process to another that requires a different set-up. The blade brake is also convenient when ending a cut on the out-feed side of the machine and it is much easier to reach than returning to the on-switch for shut-down.

I think either saw could provide satisfactory service and much can come down to what suits your personal wants and needs best. I can give a good recommendation on the 18 BX but am sure there are others that are as satisfied with their Rikon’s or other brands. I traveled a multitude of directions multiple miles each way to view various saws in my band saw decision process and it really helped being able to view and touch each of the machines prior to purchase.

-- ~Art~

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#5 posted 07-06-2019 07:15 PM

Thanks for the opinions. I agree w the opinion that you can’t go wrong either way but because of the larger table and resaw I think I will stick to the laguna 18bx. Overall reviews on the net are favorable and they seem to have the customer support issue resolved.

Thanks again,

Paul

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#6 posted 07-06-2019 11:23 PM



You won t get it wrong with either machine. My observation has been that the fit and finish of Laguna tools is better than Rikon. I own both brands, although not the models you are looking at, and I like the Laguna slightly better overall.

- ArtMann

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