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AGolden

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04-06-2020 11:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

Hello all,

I was wondering what everyone’s thoughts are on having a 10” bandsaw in your shop. I see a lot of people warning others off of getting a 10” bandsaw and telling them to hold out and buy a 14” bandsaw but are there times that you have found a 10” bandsaw to be totally adequate? I have been thinking of getting one and setting it up for curve cutting and using my 14” bandsaw for ripping and resawing. Does anyone here have this setup? how about people that use a 10” bandsaw exclusively? what do you use it for and how do you find it?


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Woodmaster1

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#1 posted 04-06-2020 11:55 PM

My neighbor has a 10” Rikon and a 14” Rikon. Don’t get a cheap 10” Rikon s 10” is made really well. The 10” seems to work great for him. There is alot you can cut on the 10” and save the 14” for resawing and the big stuff.

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#2 posted 04-07-2020 12:10 AM

Yup, over on the side Bench, The 17” is in the center of the shop!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#3 posted 04-07-2020 02:19 AM

There is always a place (if you have the room) for another tool in a workshop.

Check out the quality of 1/8” blades available for it… anything else and you may as well save your shekels for a decent 1/4” for the biggie.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#4 posted 04-07-2020 02:42 AM

As someone who enjoy turning, and enjoys savings money and doing everything from the ground up, I would put any size Band Saw of quality in my shop. It would be wonderful to have one with all the Apple wood currently hibernating in my space. I need the stuff off the bench, but I couldn’t pass up free wood when I had the chance.
Anyways, a band saw is good for so many things. The height only effects the size of what you can do, not what you can do with it. Even if woodworking is your hobby, making bowl blanks can be a decent supplement for your income.

-- I imagine we are all but grains of star dust in the grand scope of time. But I suspect we are the universe and stars to the grains we cannot see.

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#5 posted 04-07-2020 03:38 AM

+1 Woodmaster & Andre. I have a 17” Grizzly bandsaw and also a vintage Craftsman 12” tombstone that I need to hook back up for curved work.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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Andre

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#6 posted 04-07-2020 04:20 AM



There is always a place (if you have the room) for another tool in a workshop.

Check out the quality of 1/8” blades available for it… anything else and you may as well save your shekels for a decent 1/4” for the biggie.

- LittleBlackDuck

I’m just a tad lazy, hate switching blades on the 17”, it usually runs a 1/2” and the 10” rikon a 3/16”

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 04-07-2020 04:41 AM



I m just a tad lazy, hate switching blades on the 17”, it usually runs a 1/2” and the 10” rikon a 3/16”

- Andre


I challenge you to a duel in laziness… I have a 10th grade black belt in the art!

Unfortunately I just don’t have the physical space in the workshop… If I did it’d be for a,

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Jim Finn

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#8 posted 04-07-2020 10:59 AM

I have a 14” Grizzly band saw for re-sawing and a 9” Grizzly band saw for cutting out toys.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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tvrgeek

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#9 posted 04-07-2020 11:11 AM

As I have a 10 inch, I am buying a 14. Is there still a place for the old one? Maybe keep a 1/4 inch band on it for small work? Not worth much even with poly tires, ceramic guides etc. so no advantage in selling it, but it would take up space I don’t have. For fine scroll work, maybe a scroll saw is a better option than a small band saw.

Why upgrade? WIth a 1/2 inch band it actually does a very good job of things that fit. But the slightest bit of dust and it goes from passing the nickel test to shaking so bad I can’t see my line. Just no substitute for massive cast iron.

The only reason I can see to go out and buy one is if like me, you don’t understand band saws and see no way to drop over a grand on a tool you don’t know you need yet. So, my advice is to get a used one as long as it does not need much in the way of refurb. A new one is about $250, so I would not pay more than $100 ( USD) for one.

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Redoak49

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#10 posted 04-07-2020 11:14 AM

I have a larger Jet Bandsaw that I use for resaw and heavy work. I also have a 10” Rikon with Carter Stabilizer and it gets a lot of use. The Rikon 1 0” is a great saw.

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OSU55

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#11 posted 04-07-2020 11:35 AM

I have a 10” Craftsman, no longer available but it appears it and the Rikon came off the same assm line (but was a lot cheaper years ago when I bought it). It works great, just a scaled down version of a big one. Will resaw to max vertical, 4-5/8”. No problem with wet wood. Use the correct blade and it cuts what you want. Lower guide bearings require replacement occasionally, I use cheap replacements – better bearings would last longer. While it can take 1/2” blades (3 skip tooth) 3/8” works better, smaller higher tpi blades work great.

Many of the smaller saws are pos. Last I looked Rikon is the only one made now worth having.

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tvrgeek

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#12 posted 04-07-2020 12:57 PM

For others with 10 inches and lightweight aluminum wheels, how do you combat vibration? ( mine is the Delta)

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#13 posted 04-07-2020 01:22 PM

I started with a 10” Craftsman like the Rikon. Then bought a 14” Grizzly with a riser block for resawing. Kept both for about a year but then I wanted the bench space the 10” was occupying for a new belt grinder. So I sold the 10”. Having 2 was a very nice convenience but after a couple of years with only the 14”, having 2 is not a necessity for me. I have blade changes down pat pretty well and while it’s an annoyance to change them, I don’t mind a whole lot. If you have the space and budget, I say have two. If not though, I say you’ll get by just fine with only one ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Redoak49

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#14 posted 04-07-2020 01:26 PM

My Rikon has very little vibration. It is a small bandsaw and do not expect it to do the same things as a 14” one.

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#15 posted 04-07-2020 02:26 PM

YUP! Got both the 14in and the 10in Rikon BSs. Just what Woodmaster says!... 8-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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