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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 12-24-2016, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking About A Dedicated Band Saw...

hinking about a second band saw that is deicated to narrow blades with a Carter Stabilizer installed. I'm pretty certain that this need is common for those with large saws that are used for re-sawing and don't like to have take the time to switch over from a re-saw set up to a set up for cutting curves with a blade designed for such cuts.

Until recently I felt that my 17" Grizzly was all that I would ever need and of course in one way it is, but the issue of change over has become an issue.

I have not been in the shop much lately but plan on being able to spend more time in the near future and this has brought me to start to consider the second saw.

I am wondering what others have done that dealt with this issue. My first choice for a second saw would probably be a 14" G0555, but am wondering if there is a saw that would work for me that cost less money. The larger Grizzly saw does almoat everything that I need a saw for. Just wondering what others have done.

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Can't help, Jerry. But I do have the GO555 and I like it. Currently it has a 1/4 blade on it but I have use a 1/8th inch for cutting out letters for names.

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I have both a Grizzly G0513, 17" that I use for resawing and straight sawing with a 3/4" Highland Woodworking Wood Slicer, and then I have an old Delta 14" with a 1/8" blade for curve cuts. I'm really glad I have both. It's worth it.
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I'm in the same situation. I have been looking at the 10" Rikon saw. Great reviews and only around $200. I've looked at it and its almost identical to its larger brother, the 14" saw. Can be used as a tabletop model or set up with legs. A really nice saw and it won't break the bank.
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I have the Laguna 14SUV with 1" Resaw King blade and never take that off. About all I use it for is resawing but I'll occasionally make other cuts if there are no curves involved. My primary bandsaw is a 1950 King-Seeley 12" with a 1/4" blade. I have a 1/8" blade for it but don't use it much. I think that saw gets used more in my shop than the table saw, jointer, miter saw, scroll saw, etc.
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@Jerry Bowen There was another string about a small bandsaw and narrow blades. I have the Rikon 10 inch and asked Carter about what blade stabilizer for jigsaw cuts with narrow blades. Carter people said for the Rikon 10 inch saw, you need their RIK1 model blade stabilizer, which is about $80. Really supports a narrow blade for tight curves. This would greatly enhance the versatility of a small saw.

Just though I'd share this info. Hope you check out the Rikon saw, it is a really nice unit. WEN has what looks like an identical saw, and the price is about the same as the Rikon. don't know if there are any significant differences. Kind of like when Chevy licensed Toyota to build small Chevrolet models. They looked the same, but the specs were not.

I also went for some premium blades, which make better cuts than the supplied cheapie. It takes up to half inch. The Rikon doesn't have a tension release lever, so you have to loosen tension by turning the knob on top. Since it is steel back construction, it is really easy to set tension. Once you set tension correctly for a blade, make a mark and turn to loosen two turns, then you can retension by turning it back two turns. Only one minor invonvenience, the split for blade changes is from the front, not the side of the table. So you have to remove the fence bar to change blades. No big deal.

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I have had great luck waiting for deals on eBay. For my Jet 14" $41. For the 12" Craftsman that I later sold:$49.
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@Jerry Bowen @DesertRatTom

I have the same 10" Rikon that Tom purchased and although I haven't been able to put into much use of late I agree with Tom as to its quality and ease of use.
Tom: Thanks for the note on the stabilizer I had planned to look into a Carter for it. Let me know how it plays out with continued use.

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I had a Rikon 10 bandsaw which I really liked. I only sold it because I ran out of room in my small shop. If you have the room having 2 bandsaw with different size blades sure makes it easy. If my shop was bigger I would still have my Rikon 10 inch bandsaw. I sure hate changing blades on my 18 inch bandsaw just to make a curved cut.
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I had a Rikon 10 bandsaw which I really liked. I only sold it because I ran out of room in my small shop. If you have the room having 2 bandsaw with different size blades sure makes it easy. If my shop was bigger I would still have my Rikon 10 inch bandsaw. I sure hate changing blades on my 18 inch bandsaw just to make a curved cut.
I don't have room for two bandsaws in the shop. The 14 inch lives in the garage with the jointer and planer. I have the 3/4 resaw king on it. The 10 inch is kept in my shop (which is a wired, insulated 12x24 shed). It sits on a tall, narrow stand with castors. I don't have the Carter blade stabilizer for it yet, but will likely order it after Christmas sometime. I have a 3/16th blade for it, although they emphasize the 1/8th blade, which just seems a little too narrow to me.

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