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Bill74

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06-18-2021 01:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw jet rikon

I have recently retired and moved and am in the process of setting up a new workshop. Initially, I was intending on buying the Laguna 14BX2 which was already pushing my budget. Now with the recent price increase together with the cost of shipping and sales tax, the total cost is a little under two grand. (I also looked at the Harvey, but that is already over two grand.)

I had an old 14” Delta with the closed stand and except for the re-saw capability, it was fine. I am now looking at either the Rikon 10-326 or the Jet 14-SFX. Unfortunately, I do not live near any store that has them on display, so checking them out in person is not an option.

I have read the reviews and gone through the forums and both appear to be satisfactory. Any additional insight would be welcome.


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WoodenDreams

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#1 posted 06-18-2021 03:00 AM

Have you compared the Grizzly https://www.grizzly.com/woodworking-bandsaws . But the warranty on the Grizzly is only one year, compared to five yrs with Rikon or Jet

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Axis39

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#2 posted 06-18-2021 05:04 AM

I purchased a 10-326 a little over a year and a half ago.

I don’t use it every day, but when i do, I absolutely love it. Easy to set up, easy to use, tracks nice, love the ball bearing guides, the tables good and solid, great vertical capacity, the fence works great, and is easily adjustable…

The only Jet tool I own is a lathe… Not because i wouldn’t love more Jet tools, just have had ot go cheap on some things in the past. The lathe has been rock solid and run so smoothly since i got it a year ago, for Father’s Day.

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

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tvrgeek

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#3 posted 06-18-2021 10:16 AM

Wow, HUGE price increase on the Harvey. I paid $1300
All the tools went up though. Still, I think it is a better saw than the Laguna and Rikon. I thought the Jet and Griz more than a step down from the above three.

It is cheaper to buy the “right” tool the first time.

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paridgerunner

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#4 posted 06-18-2021 03:01 PM

I have the Rikon 10-326 and am very happy so far. I took the Jet out of consideration after watching a video of Alex Snodgrass setting one up and suggesting you have to remove the table to adjust the lower guides.

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Bob5103

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#5 posted 06-18-2021 06:11 PM

I have the Jet 14-SFX as a 2nd bandsaw in my shop. I did not buy it, I am storing/using it until the owner can take it back. I would not recommend buying this saw. There are a number of issues with the saw but the 2 biggest ones are:
1. The trunnions are flimsy stamped steel and offer very little in support for the table.
2. The lower guides. The thrust bearing is attached to the table and extremely difficult to adjust. The guide bearings are equally difficult to adjust and poorly made. I leave a 1/4” blade on the saw and will only change it when it is too dull to use. It would be a royal pain to swap blades to different size.
There are several other problems with the saw, that I won’t go into, but Rikon, Laguna or Grizzly would be much better choices.

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exslidder

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#6 posted 06-18-2021 06:44 PM

i own the rikon 10-326 and would buy it again. great resaw capacity , easy to adjust ball bearing guides. i use mine to cut down logs to useable boards and am very happy with how it handles a 13 inch log. plenty of power.

-- No dust on the floor....No money in the bank

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EarlS

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#7 posted 06-18-2021 07:11 PM

I was going to recommend the Harvey C-14 but the price is thru the roof. I bought one earlier this spring. Rikon was the runner-up. Not sure how long delivery is for any equipment these days, or what the price will be. I wonder if the prices will come back down as things settle down. I doubt it.

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

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HowardAppel

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#8 posted 06-18-2021 09:24 PM

I suspect all the prices will come down: people going back to work means less time in the shop; and people who got into woodworking thinking it was going to be easy and cheap to build fine furniture, both for themselves and to sell, will discover that it ain’t so—both of these will end up with some new owners discovering that they have an expensive toy they don’t use—so the used market will increase, putting competition on the OEM. Also, once their backlog of orders is met, manufacturers will face pressure to keep up level of sales. Additionally, as demand slows down, manufacturers will start cutting prices in order to undersell their competitors, who will do the same to stay competitive. I expect this to all happen end of 2021 – beginning of 2022.

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BurlyBob

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#9 posted 06-18-2021 09:28 PM

I’ve got to tell you I opted for a Powermatic 14” when it was on sale at woodcraft with free shipping. I really enjoy using this thing and preforms really well. My issues are really pathetic. I don’t like the fence holders. They totally suck.
Okay, So I’m going to figure something out for the peg board, problem solved.

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bigJohninvegas

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#10 posted 06-20-2021 02:55 PM

I have a Grizzly GO513X2 and love it.
But I also have used many other saws, either Friends or School.
My local Woodworking school had two Laguna saws. and older 14”, and a brand new 18BX.
Both have been a pleasure to use.
The couple of Jets were 14” saws, but not the same model as what you are looking at.
I agree that setting up blade guides on them sucked.
However looking at that Jet 14-SFX, Another forum a couple months ago got me reading about this saw.
It has cast Trunnions, and blade tension has been moved to the top to allow better resaw.
I did not read farther today on it. But remember liking the changes from my previous read.
And while I own three other Jet tools, Lathe, Drill Press, and air filter. I have not been impressed with there band saws.
No experience with Harvey or Rikon.
But I have never read anything negative about Rikon. and you mentioned Harvey prices getting out of hand.
Budget led me to Grizzly. I would have bought a Laguna 18BX in a heartbeat, but simply could not afford its price tag.
Looking at prices on your options Rikon and Jet are clear price winners.
I have not read any reviews about that Jet 14-SFX. I believe its a newer model.
But the Rikon has been around awhile. Lots of good reviews out there.
Spending more does not guarantee a better saw. But I do like the Laguna’s performance.
Love the performance of that lower cost Grizzly too.

https://www.acmetools.com/shop/tools/jet-714400k-jwbs-14sfx-14-in-steel-frame-bandsaw?irclickid=RGASl9VylxyLUFc0EHQlB1XYUkB1lsRl3TjA1k0&irgwc=1&utm_campaign=PriceSpider&utm_channel=Affiliates&utm_source=impact&utm_medium=affiliate
https://www.woodcraft.com/products/rikon-14-deluxe-bandsaw-model-10-326
https://www.southern-tool.com/store/laguna-bandsaws.php

-- John

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Woodmaster1

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#11 posted 06-21-2021 07:38 AM

I have the Rikon 14” purchased it 8 yrs ago and have had no issues. I upgraded the blade guides to the new tooless guides that come standard now they are great to adjust. The picture shows a bowl blank I cut out of walnut just short of 12”.

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