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Forum topic by Scot20 posted 06-14-2021 05:20 PM 415 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Scot20

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06-14-2021 05:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

Hello everyone,
I’m a long time lurker and workshop tinkerer who’s finally deciding to get a little more serious and organized with my woodworking. I’m planning on getting a 14” bandsaw and have been looking at CL and FB Marketplace pretty obsessively over the last month. For frame of reference, if I was going to buy new, I think I’d go with the Shop Fox—-seems to be the best bang for the buck (and I have a dealer in town). But today a Rikon 10-324 (2018) came up on Marketplace for $400. Appears to be in good shape from the original owner (I don’t think it’s seen a lot of hours, just a little crafting). This is the first 14” Rikon I’ve seen come available. Good deal or should I hold out for an older, us made (and cheaper), Delta? Thanks!

Scot


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controlfreak

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#1 posted 06-14-2021 05:47 PM

Sounds good to me. I paid $200 for a old Rockwell (Delta) and had to replace the tires and de-rust the cast iron but it did have a new motor on it.

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MrUnix

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#2 posted 06-14-2021 07:40 PM

If it’s lightly used and in good shape, then that is a reasonable price – a bit less than half what they were selling for IIRC. The welded steel frame is more rigid than the cast iron machines, and it has more re-saw capacity (13”) than the cast iron ones, even if they have a riser block (6” or 12”).

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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tvrgeek

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#3 posted 06-14-2021 08:54 PM

Just look at a Harvey C-14. Built like a tank, great guides, and 3 HP! Beats out Rikon and Laguna. ( great tools BTW)
Buy the “right” tool once. Going too cheap means you will buy the right one later. WAY better than the Shop Fox.(terrible guides)

a 3 HP should be on a 220 30A outlet though. But in woodworking the heavier the better.

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pintodeluxe

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#4 posted 06-14-2021 10:14 PM

Looks like you’re getting some good advise so far. Mostly, people can recommend what they like, and steer you away from machines they’ve had problems with. I have a Laguna 1412 and absolutely love it. Resaws like butter.
I’ve made a few upgrades to it, that I likely would have put on any new bandsaw.

Bandsaw Dust Collection Mods… https://youtu.be/D9owHkBcKZc

Bandsaw Blade choices… https://youtu.be/lCCbmAoNyaY

Laguna 1412 Mods… https://youtu.be/wUXWDP5DyNo

Hope some of this helps with your decision, whatever you decide.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Scot20

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#5 posted 06-15-2021 02:28 AM

Great advice, everyone. Thanks! I missed out on the Rikon but something else will turn up eventually. Half the fun is in the hunt anyway :)

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Lazyman

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#6 posted 06-15-2021 02:43 AM

You just learned the first rule of used tool buying the hard way. If you stop to ask if us it is good deal someone else will buy it first if it is. :-)

Good luck with your search.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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MrUnix

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#7 posted 06-15-2021 02:51 AM

You just learned the first rule of used tool buying the hard way. If you stop to ask if us it is good deal someone else will buy it first if it is. :-)
- Lazyman

It’s actually Rule #5, but it certainly feels like #1 when a deal escapes you ;)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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