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Forum topic by Castor Woodworks posted 11-07-2019 08:42 PM 742 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Castor Woodworks

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11-07-2019 08:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw band saw recommendation rikon grizzly laguna

I’m looking to invest in a bandsaw to help take my woodworking to the next level. I’ve gotten a few recommendations to make pedestal based tables and have had to turn them down due to not having a bandsaw.

I want a saw that that can cut at least 9-10” and is powerful enough to slice through hardwoods such oak and ask.

Here is what I’ve narrowed it down to so far

Rikon: Rikon 10-324 Open Stand 14''

Grizzly: “Grizzly G0555XH – 14 1-3/4 HP

Laguna: Laguna 14|Twelve 14''

This is example of what I’d like to make:

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#1 posted 11-07-2019 10:50 PM

Wont venture to give you advice, but that laguna sure is a beauty.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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runswithscissors

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#2 posted 11-08-2019 12:20 AM

I’d consider a bigger capacity saw for that job, such as Grizzly’s 17”.

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Jared_S

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#3 posted 11-08-2019 12:53 AM

Honestly I’d be looking at a 20 to 24” saw.

With bandsaws like just about all woodworking machines bigger is better.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 11-08-2019 02:46 AM

I guess it depends on how much you want to spend, but I would get one with a 12” high cutting capacity. I have the G0555 Grizzly Ultimate band saw and I love it. I made a 12” riser for it and I needed every bit of it many times.

I have good things about the Laguna saw and never used one. It is $2000 and the Grizzly ultimate saw is $625

cheers, Jim

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 11-08-2019 04:17 AM

The 3 you picked will all do some work, so they may work if that pic you posted is 6” tall or so. Like others have said bigger capacity, and more power will do a lot more, especially if you want to resaw. What you have is what 1000 bux in those 3 saws? If you bump that to 1500, you’ll be glad you did. It would put you into saws that will do a lot more work, quicker, and more accurately.

Change you search to add a minimum 2HP motor, then add any max height of cut, start looking in that area.

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#6 posted 11-08-2019 04:36 AM


The 3 you picked will all do some work, so they may work if that pic you posted is 6” tall or so. Like others have said bigger capacity, and more power will do a lot more, especially if you want to resaw. What you have is what 1000 bux in those 3 saws? If you bump that to 1500, you ll be glad you did. It would put you into saws that will do a lot more work, quicker, and more accurately.

Change you search to add a minimum 2HP motor, then add any max height of cut, start looking in that area.

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ibewjon

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#7 posted 11-08-2019 10:10 AM

Look at the Laguna 14 SUV. listed last on their site, so I think it is not noticed because many don’t look beyond the larger saws. 14” resaw, and I think it has a 3hp motor. I have had mine since right after it was released. I am very pleased with it. And it is a steel frame, no riser block to play with. More $ than griz, but I think you get what you pay for.

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Axis39

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#8 posted 11-08-2019 02:02 PM

When i recently moved shops and decided to buy a ‘real’ bandsaw. I had a couple limitations, the two biggest being budget and existing electrical power.

Because I have no 220 in my shop, yet, I had to limit size. Because I had just moved across the country, I also had limited funds! LOL.

I picked up the Rikon 10-326. It is listed with a resaw capacity of a little over 13”. I have not taxed that number, but I have cut some thicker wood on it now and can say, I really like my Rikon.

It went together relatively easily. I followed a few videos on Youtube to get it tuned up. It has held adjustment since. I have only had a couple of hiccups and that was me, not the machine. I have been even pleasantly surprised by the quality of the blade included. I bought a couple others and have used them, but have actually returned to the stock blade for a lot of general cutting and some resawing.

Grizzly, Laguna and Rikon seem to have a pretty proven track record these days. I am afraid I don’t have nay other experience to share regarding any of the specific models you asked about, though. Sorry.

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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splintergroup

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#9 posted 11-08-2019 03:17 PM

I agree with the suggestions here, but would add that a quality blade (carbide is excellent for those thick cuts) will really determine your outcome once you have a saw with sufficient power and height. That being said you should also pay attention to maximum blade sizes and the ability to tension and track a larger blade.

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Lazyman

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#10 posted 11-08-2019 03:42 PM

I would definitely look for the 2 HP and at least 12” resaw ability.

In case it has not occurred to you, to cut that out, you will have to use a jig or tape the pieces back together to hold the wood parallel to the table for each side. You can make 3 cuts without a problem by keeping an uncut surface on the table but for the 4th side, you either need a jig or you will have to tape the first piece you cut off back on with lots of packing or masking table to keep it level for the last cut. I’ve use the tape method with smaller pieces but never anything this big.

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#11 posted 11-10-2019 09:09 AM

I was drooling on the open base Rikon at my local Woodcraft and now it’s on sale. Very nice saw with great reviews. If I was moving up from my 11” bs with 6” resaw capacity it’s the one I’d buy. I’m kinda souring on Grizzly these days. If you have a local Rockler or Woodcraft I’d go there instead. Jet, Laguna and Rikon are all good choices and no shipping cost. As far as going even bigger, lol, we’re great at spending OP’s money….

-- Eric

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Woodmaster1

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#12 posted 11-10-2019 06:34 PM

I have a Rikon 10-325 that is over 6 years old and still going strong. I cut bowl blanks up to 12” wide with no problems. The woodworking club just bought a laguna and it doesn’t take the abuse from club members very well. I think it’s made real well but who knows what some of them do. It’s less than 6 months old and the tires have been replaced the blade guides are worn, but none of that is from lack of quality. I think too tight of cuts, backing out of cuts, blade guides not adjusted right and improper tension are the cause for the problems. I know my job is to maintain the bandsaws and I reset everything on each of the three bandsaws on the day I go to the shop. It amazes me how things get so out of adjustment in a week. They’ve been told not to mess with adjustments but some think they’re master mechanics even though not being knowledgeable. Enough of my rant. Get the bandsaw that suits you best the Rikon, laguna or grizzly with the riser will last a single user for a long time.

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Davevand

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#13 posted 11-10-2019 07:03 PM

I have the Laguna 14|12 and it can do the job, but if I were going to build several and had the resources I would look at a 17” bandsaw.

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northwoodsman

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#14 posted 11-11-2019 12:27 AM

I have the Laguna 14lTwelve and I love it. If I purchased a new saw I would upgrade to get a Laguna with a blade brake. I added a cheap LED light to mine to assist in visibility. I would make a mobile base before spending the money on theirs. It is quiet, cuts straight and has plenty of power for most resawing. It’s easy to change the blade. I was resawing some 8/4 Purpleheart a few weeks ago and I was feeding it too aggressively and got the 3/4” carbide blade jammed in the wood. I managed to unwedge the $150 blade without damaging it. I set it up a couple of years ago and every 6 months or so I check everything to make sure it all dialed in, I haven’t had to change anything yet. One word of caution, the throat plate will need to be filed a little wider if you plan on tilting the table to a 45° angle. There isn’t enough clearance and the teeth on many blades will likely catch the edge of it. I took off about 1/32” and it works perfect now. Invest in good blades to compliment whatever you decide on.

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ibewjon

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#15 posted 11-11-2019 02:24 AM

The Laguna 14 SUV has the blade brake.

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