Alternate riser block for Rigid 14" bandsaw???

Hello All,
I am quite miffed as I write this. SWMBO got me a Rigid 14" bandsaw last year for Christmas. Around February I checked online to see the cost of a 6" riser block for this saw. It was listed at around $50. I just got off the phone with Rigid ( I had to call b/c the website accesory section was not working), and the riser block now cost a whoppin $ 137.00 !! It has almost tripled in price. The person on the phone had no explaination other than that the part had ben backorderd for quite some time, but was now in stock. I noticed on the Rigid site that the Rigid riser block will also fit the Crapsman, and Jet 14" bandsaws. My question is if there is any other brand riser block that will easily fit my Rigid saw. The Jet riser block sells for about 69$. I read an article of someone modifying a Jet riser block to fit a crapsman saw. I am reluctant to grind etc.to modify it for safety reasons. Please let me know any solutions if anyone has knowledge of these various riser blocks. Thanks Guys, DUSTY
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The Ridgid SKU (AC5005) for the riser block is a kit that includes much more than just the block. I don't know why they decided to include a blade but they did. That alone is worth some coin. They also include some safety parts which I would want if I were adding the block, such as a blade guard. I am not trying to excuse the price, merely explain you get more than just the block. FWIW - a while back there was a post that a Grizzly block was an exact fit, if not a great paint match. If all you really want is the block that might be a way to go.
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The jet riser kit includes those things as well. But it's still less than $70.
Twice the price ($137) is quite a difference for basically the same thing. Strange.
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I bought one of the Craftsman 14" open stand bandsaws about a year ago. (small gloat coming). It was a clearance item new in the box that I got for $150. Anyway, after a few months I started thinking about a riser so I contacted Sears. They told me that I would have to contact the manufacturer of my saw, which is Rexon. I contacted Rexon and purchased the riser kit for (I think) $59. So if you can contact the company that actually made the saw for Ridgid, you might find it cheaper.
About the kit, the fit and finish should have been better. The rear blade guard did not fit very well, and I had to make some minor modifications to it to keep the blade from rubbing on it. I also have to remove the front blade guard if I want to make a cut deeper than about 10 1/2". This isn't a big problem because #1, I don't make very many cuts THAT deep, and #2, when I do, there isn't a whole lot of blade left showing that the guard would have covered anyway. A person would have to work at it to get a finger, or some hair, or a nose, or whatever into that small space.
Wayne

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There was a post just a couple of weeks ago that a Grizzly riser for the G0555 saw will work and appeared to be a perfect match. Do a search and see if you can find it. On another note, the Grizzly extension also comes with a blade etc... and if I remember was around $50-60. So $130+ is crazy. Cheers, cc

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I did a search and could not find any info re. the Grizzley riser fitting the Rigid bandsaw. Any help with this would be appreciated.
Maybe the owner of a Grizzley riser block and the owner of a Ridgid riser block could dismantle their saws and trace the outlines of the blocks, then scan them into the computer and post theme here for comparrison. Not to much to ask in the interest of research eh? I am sure that there are others just as interested as me in the comparisons.
Thanks to all, DUSTY
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