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01-22-2020 05:49 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw wen rikon 10 in bandsaw

So I’ve been debating whether to get the Wen 10 in bandsaw or the Rikon 10 in deluxe bandsaw. I’ve done research on both. I’ve seen from multiple sources that the Wen is a good machine for the money, but it is hard to set up and also needs adjusted a lot. I’ve also seen that the Rikon is a very good and a quality machine, but it is also near $200 more. I have the money for either but wanted some input.

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Coleman


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#1 posted 01-22-2020 05:56 AM

I would personally get the Rikon. But check if there are any Sears stores anywhere near you as they are closing out inventory and I think its about the same price.

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#2 posted 01-22-2020 01:15 PM

Rikon – the WEN is not even in the same league. I bought the WEN thinking I could save some $$. Now I have a low quality Chinese bandsaw that I will have to sell at a loss and still buy the Rikon. The Rikon is worth the extra $$.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 01-22-2020 01:52 PM



So I’ve been debating whether to get the Wen 10 in bandsaw or the Rikon 10 in deluxe bandsaw. I’ve done research on both. I’ve seen from multiple sources that the Wen is a good machine for the money, but it is hard to set up and also needs adjusted a lot. I’ve also seen that the Rikon is a very good and a quality machine, but it is also near $200 more. I have the money for either but wanted some input.

Thanks
Coleman

- Coleman Dodds

Rikon came out with the 10-306 Bandsaw early last year. Starting price was $375. It knocked down the 10-305 prices and I got mine at $250. Having seen a WEN and a Rikon, buy the Rikon, even the older model. Very nice machine for this size and has worked well since Jan 2019. It may be small but has handled all the odd jobs I have thrown at it. For larger work I use a JET 14 inch.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 01-22-2020 03:20 PM

I have the WEN and it’s okay. The blade that comes on it is complete trash to the point where I avoided using the saw. I then bought a 1/2” woodslicer from Highland Woodworking and the saw works great. I upgraded to a Laguna 18bx last year and figured I’d give away the WEN. Turns out it’s nice having a second bandsaw so I’ve kept it. I can’t compare it to the Rikon though but I suspect the Rikon is a better saw. I believe you generally get what you pay for.

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#5 posted 01-22-2020 03:48 PM

I am very happy with Rikon 10-306. The only negative – carter stabilizer for 10-305 does not fit it.

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#6 posted 01-22-2020 04:08 PM

Rikon updated the 10-306 to the 10-3061 ti fix a few of the issues it had. nothing serious IMO. The Rikon is the saw to buy

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#7 posted 01-23-2020 03:38 AM

Rikon should be having their 15% off coming up very soon, RJ

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#8 posted 01-23-2020 04:04 AM

I have the en 10”, it a good saw if you use 3/8th blades, I can’t get it to adjust to a .5” blade as well as the 3/8ths. I f i had to do it agin I would get a 14” 72” blades are hard to find some times. Also the upper guides can’t be adjusted individualy, they work like a caliper brake, one moves the other. It could have more power

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