Best band saw bang for the buck? Around $800

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Forum topic by Idleford posted 08-21-2019 02:53 PM 433 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-21-2019 02:53 PM

I am looking into getting a band saw. There are many choices out there and wanted to ask what others have and what they might recommend or change about what they’ve purchased. I’ve looked for a few years for a used band saw and where I am there isn’t much to choose from unless I want to pay $250-$450 for a crappy plastic craftsman band saw that market is flooded with.


These all have some nice band saws for less than $900. Grizzly actually has a 17” band saw on sale for $875 with the 2hp motor. Seems like a really nice band saw. But I’ve always heard great things about Rikon band saws as well.

Any info would be very much appreciated..

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#1 posted 08-21-2019 03:05 PM

I have a Grizzly G0555x that seems like a nice saw, however I rarely use it and know so little about bandsaws I cannot make a recommendation. A lot depends on what you intend to use it for, and the space you have. I think the three you mention all have good saws.

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#2 posted 08-21-2019 03:42 PM

I would watch for a Rikon steel frame 14 inch saw to go on sale. The Grizzly already mentioned is good too but the Rikon has better resaw capacity if you need to do that.

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#3 posted 08-21-2019 03:51 PM

I’ve never had a good bandsaw and I have so many things come up that I really needed one for. I don’t know if I would be doing any resawing but it would nice to have the option. This is the grizzly I mentioned in the post that’s on sale.

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#4 posted 08-21-2019 05:50 PM

have heard a lot of good things about the 14” bandsaw sold at Harbor Freight…..

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#5 posted 08-23-2019 12:37 AM

If you’re gonna spend $900 buy the Laguna 1412 when it goes on sale. I promise you won’t be sorry.

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Nothing wrong with Rikon.

have heard a lot of good things about the 14” bandsaw sold at Harbor Freight…..

- bandit571

Sorry but it’s $375 and you get what you pay for. If you’ve got $800 you can get a helluva deal on a used quality band saw.

If you plan on resawing stay away from the ones where you can add the 6” riser block and get a one piece model. Nothing wrong with a 17” Griz.

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#6 posted 08-23-2019 01:38 AM

I’ve been reading a lot about the Rikon 10-326 and the Laguna 1412 and the Rikon has a 5 year warranty to the Lagunas 1 year. I’ve seen mixed reviews on the Laguna and have had a hard time finding much of anything negative about the Rikon 10-326. I’m leaning toward the Rikon. Going to see how long I can hold out for a sale. Thanks everyone for the replies.

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