I've got nothing but time when it comes to watching the BS market. I haven't even upgraded my jointer yet and the BS will come after that. So, I've been watching and reading for about a year. If I was to get a 14" today I would go with the Rikon 10-325.
I would move the light to where it belongs, run it at 220v and pick up some good blades for it. I have not seen a 14" yet that has the combined assets that Rikon put together.
I don't foresee (but things change) myself picking up 500bf of rough cut and re-sawing my brains out. I do resaw on my 12" C-man and do little else with it. It re-saws poorly as that is more than I believe it was designed for. Any tool can seem poor if pushed beyond its design parameters. This is an older "hobby-shop" bandsaw; no offense to any of the current saws being badged by Sears.
There is good argument to go with a larger saw. I think I would use a BS for much more than just poor re-sawing if I had a good one. I could see it becoming the go-to saw in the shop. If my needs change before I have to make the decision, my opinion could change as well. Right now a 14" that would do a good job of some re-sawing and run smooth for curves, etc. would serve me best. My .02.
Last edited by glenn bradley; 07-24-2007 at 02:18 PM.
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