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3285jeff

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08-02-2021 09:13 PM

i had a rikon 10-326 bandsaw that i didnt like and i sold it this past weekend and im in the market for a new one…i wanted one that could resaw ,,i was looking at the grizzly go513×2 and the grizzly g0 555lx,,,i like both of them ,,,it seems like more people have gotten the go555 series and updated them by adding riser kits or replacing the fence,,,,,but it still 1 hp verses 2 horse power on the g0513×2,,,im not in the business i just do it as a hobby but wanted a good one that i can resaw on,,any help would be appreciated about this or others for that matter,,thank you


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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 08-02-2021 10:01 PM

I know you said you were looking at a Grizzly and had ruled out Rikon. I went with the Laguna 1412 and have had absolutely no regrets. I added a small outfeed table and souped up the dust collection. It does everything I want.

Here’s a video on my D.C. mods on the bandsaw… https://youtu.be/D9owHkBcKZc

Best

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

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tvrgeek

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#2 posted 08-02-2021 10:30 PM

Can’t say enough about my Harvey C-14. 3 HP. Guides easy to adjust. I think it is a small step above the Rikon and Laguna. WAY above Grizzly and Jet. Super service.

Guide bearings are 50 cent garbage, so I am putting in good $1.00 bearings. Probably will replace the V belt as Chinese belts are crap. I kind of liked the Laguna but too many complaints about the guides slipping. Some don’t have the problem. Anyway, total package, and I love it. Just re-sawed a bunch of 8 inch walnut logs. Strait as can be. I made a small extension to the outfeed and then used roller stands.

Harvey MAKES the band saws. I guess Geetech makes some too. Gris, Rikon, Jet, Laguna etc are just resellers.

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tvrgeek

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#3 posted 08-02-2021 10:43 PM

Oh, look at the trunnions. Big hint. Some are pretty skimpy.

Really the bigger heavy duty 14 inch Rikon 10-353, Laguna 14BX and Harvey C-14 are all great saws. I would not go with the smaller Laguna or Rikon. Pennies more for the “real” deal. I am really glad I did not go cheap.

They all cut. To me, the guide adjustment and power were the keys. Of course, it is the blade that does the cutting.

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tvrgeek

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#4 posted 08-02-2021 10:45 PM



I know you said you were looking at a Grizzly and had ruled out Rikon. I went with the Laguna 1412 and have had absolutely no regrets. I added a small outfeed table and souped up the dust collection. It does everything I want.

About to take on improving collection on my C-14. It has a top 4 inch port and a lower 4 inch port. Going to try the split bit of hose first.
Here s a video on my D.C. mods on the bandsaw… https://youtu.be/D9owHkBcKZc

Best

- pintodeluxe


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#5 posted 08-02-2021 10:45 PM

I am pleased with my Laguna 14 SUV. it was made by Harvey, and Harvey sells it under their brand with blue paint instead of tan. 3hp, and 14” resaw. Bigger is better if in the budget. I would avoid buying a saw that needs a riser block.

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bigJohninvegas

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#6 posted 08-03-2021 02:40 AM

I am very happy with my Grizzly GO513×2.
Handles everything I have ever thrown at it. Including a few max 12” resaw cuts.

-- John

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Woodchuckswife

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#7 posted 08-03-2021 03:57 AM

Put some good carter guide bearings on and uoy wont have to replce them every little while.
Chuck

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#8 posted 08-03-2021 05:15 AM

Wood Magazine did a 2021 comparison tests on 14” bandsaws. It’s worth the read if your looking for a new bandsaw. In the article also touches on the different blade tracking guides. The article I read from Wood Mag was a longer article than what this link has. Both Grizzly G0817 and Shop Fox W1849 were Woods top choice. Laguna was not tested because Lagunas bandsaw was not available at the time. https://www.woodmagazine.com/tool-reviews/bandsaws/deluxe-14-bandsaws.

They also offer a free downloadable comparison chart https://www.woodmagazine.com/system/files/Bandsaw%20Comparison%20Chart.pdf

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tvrgeek

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#9 posted 08-03-2021 09:59 AM


I am pleased with my Laguna 14 SUV. it was made by Harvey, and Harvey sells it under their brand with blue paint instead of tan. 3hp, and 14” resaw. Bigger is better if in the budget. I would avoid buying a saw that needs a riser block.

- ibewjon


But Laguna uses their ceramic guides and Harvey bearings.
They are not actually identical, but very similar. It was a tough choice. I gather, folks who mostly resaw like the ceramics better as they don’t gum up with wet or sappy wood. I think the Griz and SF are also made by Harvey. Small differences. Fences, power switch etc. The Griz I looked at the guides were terrible to adjust.

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tvrgeek

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#10 posted 08-03-2021 10:03 AM

BTY, I have an idea how to make the guide bearings last without buying $15 Timkens. I’ll report in a year or so. New bearings for my Harvey are on the way. I can’t say enough about their customer service.

Download the users/parts manuals for each and you can compare the trunnions. Same trick to differentiate table saws. You can see which share parts. Handy for both shopping and for finding parts later.

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#11 posted 08-03-2021 10:11 AM

The Laguna/Harvey thing is interesting, I wonder if that’s true if the table saw too?

I’ve owned a few bandsaws and I put HP high on the list, but that’s me.

I’ve heard nothing but good things about Laguna. A friend of mine has one and loves it, and he’s a very particular person so I respect his opinion.

Blades make a huge difference. I haven’t sprung for one on my saw yet (142” blade) but If you can swing it, a carbide blade will make a big difference, I hear Laguna has a good one.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#12 posted 08-03-2021 11:11 AM

I have the Harvey C-14 and it does a good job. I personally had a BAD experience with Laguna when I bought a dust collector so I refuse to buy anything from them.

There should be plenty of reviews of the major bandsaws out there for you to read thru as well.

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

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Steve

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#13 posted 08-03-2021 02:29 PM

I’d be interested to hear why you couldn’t resaw on the Rikon? I have the 10-326 and have no issue resawing on mine.

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tingaling

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#14 posted 08-03-2021 04:56 PM

I have been using my Laguna 14” for almost 20 years. Mostly for resaving with a 3/4” carbide blade and ceramic guides. The guides have never been replaced and they still work great. No gumming up as others have said and virtually no wear. If you have heavy well balanced wheels, a sturdy carcass, and at least 2 hp, you should be fine. I don’t see why your Rikon couldn’t have satisfied you.

-- Nick, now in the heat of Sacramento

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therealSteveN

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#15 posted 08-03-2021 06:27 PM

What was the issue you had with the rikon 10-326? Seems from reading here, and elsewhere a lot of people feel it’s an awesome saw. I have the Rikon 18” and love it for a resaw BS. Just wondering if it was the saw, or user that was at issue?

What I’m saying is you could buy a brand new MM16, set it up all wrong, and use a crap blade with suspect welds, and I wouldn’t expect it to offer you a good result.

So what did you have trouble with? I’m not trying to get you to buy any brand, or model, just wondering what it is you are looking to get done, and what or why didn’t the Rikon do that. IOW what was the issue? I believe you need to answer that to get where you want to be.

-- Think safe, be safe

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