I read with interest the review in the tools and shops issue of the new rikon 10” bandsaw (10-306). It looks like it would fit my needs perfectly, as I have a really small shop space and a 14” saw would eat up a large amount of it. I am a hobbyist so I am looking for a good combination of quality and cost, and don’t mind if it works slowly if it works well. My main use for it would be re-sawing smallish boards for grain-matched boxes (like those in the 52 boxes book), and for cutting leg blanks to rough profiles (such as cabriolets).
I went to a local store today and looked at it and superficially it looked perfect, but the salesman was really negative about it, seemed to think that it was useless for my applications, and that I should just get a 14” saw instead.
so, let me know y’alls thoughts. If 14” is the way to go, I guess I can stomach that but I was really hoping not to need to. Thanks!