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    Looks like Santa wants to get me the bandsaw I need for my shop. Not knowing much about them and getting so conflicted reading reviews, I was wondering if anyone has any opinions on JET vs. Rikon. I will be using the saw mostly to resaw wood. The models I was looking at was the Jet JWBS 14DX Pro and Rikon 10-325. They are both in the 800-900 dollar range with the weekend sales so I want to make a decision very soon before the sales end.

    The Jet model has the 12" resaw so no riser block is needed. The Rikon is 13 1/2 resaw. No fence with the Jet but also read the fence with Rikon not too good for resaw. Thats about all know. Any help or opinions are appreciated. I would like to stay around this price range.

  • #2
    I have the Grizzly g0555x and absolutely love it.
    "Still Montana Mike"

    "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
    Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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    • #3
      Had a Jet 14" for years and loved it. Grizzly has some great products too and I would start by checking them out. The main thing you need to be concerned about is horse power. Resawing is a slow process that requires lots of power, particularly with stock that is extremely wide. Also please remember the best saw in the world will preform poorly without a good blade. Spend the extra $$ and get an excellent blade. It will can make the task an enjoyment instead of a chore.
      Kip

      Scrollin' with an Ex-21

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      I WAITED patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me and heard my cry.
      He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,
      And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
      He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
      Many will see and fear
      And will trust in the Lord.
      Psalm 40:1-3

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      • #4
        Congratulations on the new tool. Really happy for you.
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        StephenD


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        • #5
          We have a 14" Powermatic, which was just a little more money than the Jet, but as I recall, the 14" Jet only had a one HP motor and the Powermatic 1-1/2. It came with a free riser block, and has been fine for re-sawing with an auxiliary fence and a 3/4" blade.

          Likelihood is that whichever saw you choose, the fence will not be a good one, and you'll need to get some good blades right from the start.

          Good luck with your new tool! Re-sawing is a really good way to cut down on wood cost.
          Carole

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          • #6
            Power and depth are the issues. If you do raw edge blanks, 13" is a huge difference from 12". If you re-saw lumber, no big deal. More power, better cuts. You may have a choice of 110 or 220, and go with 220 if your situation permits.

            A good resaw fence that is adjustable for drift will be needed, and a resaw blade. Maybe adds $150 to the cost, including shipping and some allowance for tax.
            Got Moose?

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            • #7
              Thank you all for your tips. I fully expected to have to purchase a better fence and good blade aside from what comes with whatever machine I get. Who actually makes a really good fence and blade for RESAWING?

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              • #8
                Just like Mike I have the Grizzly and love it. With any 14" saw you will want the riser kit. For all my resawing I use Wood Slicer blades from Highland Woodworking.

                Wood Slicer Bandsaw Blade | Custom Length Bandsaw Blades
                Scott
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                • #9
                  I have this one Buy Jet 18 Bandsaw with Quick Tension 3HP 1Ph Model JWBS-18QT-3 at Woodcraft
                  Nothing slows it down. I was looking at Grizzly saws when I bought this and decided to go with the Jet because I can go to the store and buy blades for it, the Grizzly saws use a different blade size and you will have to order them because most stores will not stock them.
                  Tim

                  In God we trust, all others must pay cash!

                  I don't want no bargains, they always cost me more money.

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                  • #10
                    Unfortunately I'm going to have to stick with a saw in the 1 1/2 HP range and 110 volts/20 amp line. I don't have the room for these bigger machines and the electrical for the larger HP. The two models I listed in my first post don't need a riser kit. They are two 14" saws that have 12" and 13 1/2" height capicity.

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                    • #11
                      I just looked at videos for bothe of the saws you are looking at. I have 1.5 HP on my delta and it has plenty of beef with a good blade I have cut 12" Honduran mahogany without a problem.
                      Both have great features such as built in riser, roller guides etc. all things I added after the fact on my saw. The Jet has no fence The Rikon does, but I would put on a Kreg or something of that quality any way.
                      I have several Jet products and am very happy with them, I am not familiar with Rikon.
                      I would try to read as many online reviews as possible.
                      I lean towards the Jet as I like the dust port location and their track record with my existing tools plus green would clash with my other tools. But I think either one would be a great addition to your shop.
                      Rolf
                      RBI G4 26 Hawk, EX 16 with Pegas clamps, Nova 1624 DVR XP
                      Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
                      Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
                      And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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                      • #12
                        Thanks so much Rolf. I definitely do value your opinion and input on stuff like this. I'm going to do some more reading up and want to make a decision by tomorrow because some of these sales end on Monday I believe.

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                        • #13
                          If your are still looking, here is the Reviewed Products by Category @ LumberJocks.com ~ woodworking community master index of product reviews at Lumberjocks. Have a look at what others think.
                          Terry
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                          • #14
                            Thanks so much for that link Terry. Lots of good info and reviews there. I've done a lot of research and read tons of reviews on the Jet and Rikon 14" in the past few days. The reviews I read in your link pretty much solidified the direction I was going in. Although you probably can't go too wrong with either saw, I think I'm going with the Rikon. Customers who own that saw seem to be very happy with their purchase. I will now have to figure who makes a real good bandsaw blade, especially for resawing. The fence I will have to see about. Some people seem to feel it was fine, others got an aftermarket one.

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                            • #15
                              Timberwolf blades are great and Bob is a sales rep. talk to him at the Christmas party.
                              Rolf
                              RBI G4 26 Hawk, EX 16 with Pegas clamps, Nova 1624 DVR XP
                              Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
                              Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
                              And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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