Woodcraft is supposed to start carrying the Rikon line in another month or so.
The Rikon 18" saw got a best buy rating a couple of months ago in Fine
Woodworking. One of its winning characteristics is ease of changing blades.
I almost asked the same question but remembered I got mine for less. When I
purchased mine the floor prices was $1019. A local tool store runs annual
fall sales where they:
1) Apply the Jet Bucks promotion ($30 for every $300 in value...
2) Take 10% off the post Jet Bucks price.
3) Forgive the local sales tax.
I think I rolled my out of the door for around $880 with a mobile base. If
you have these kinds of sales you can save some real money.
You may be looking at an 18" Jet bandsaw, but check out the resaw capacity.
I ended up with a 17" saw from Wilkey ( http://store.wilkemachinery.com/ ),
which has a higher resaw capacity, and have been very happy with it so far.
If you have some extra change laying around the house, check out the Laguna
( http://www.lagunatools.com/ ) line of bandsaws. Call them and they'll
send you a video. Nice machines, but kinda pricey for the everyday
That's a good price, I paid about $925 in Dec 01. I'm pretty happy
with it. As others have noted, the lower guides are hard to adjust
as-is. But, rip of the lower blade guard piece-o-junk metal (should
not have your hands down there anyway) and make a custom "short" hex
key, and swap one of the bolts for a longer one. Then it's really easy
to adjust the lower guide. "Don't fight it, modify it"
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