Rikon Bandsaw #1: Rikon 10-325

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Blog entry by BAH posted 01-28-2010 11:25 PM 5306 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Recently bought a Rikon 10-325 from WoodCraft. Everything that i have read about Rikon has been pretty positive. But I have had issues and would like to know if anyone has had any negitive experiences and what they have done to correct them. I have contacted the company (Rikon) and they pretty much blown me off.

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#1 posted 01-28-2010 11:32 PM

I have a very positive experience with both the saw AND rikon CS.

you are vary vague in your post…. why don’t you just state what problems you’ve had , and ask people for more specific advice…?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 01-29-2010 12:37 AM

I agree, you need to be a little more specific. I also have nothing but praise for Rikon’s Customer Service people. They are very knowledgeable and have been very helpful and patient the two times I’ve had dealings with them.

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#3 posted 01-29-2010 01:22 AM

I purchased the saw on 01-04-2010 and have yet been able to keep the blade from wobbling left to right. I have tried three different blades and they all do the same thing. At times there is excessive vibration in the upper wheel. I am able to turn the upper wheel by hand and observe a point where the wheel will make the blade move to the right and then run straight up and down until the same spot on the wheel comes back around. When trying to set the tension I am able to push the tension knob to the rear of the saw (towards the tension release bar) and it makes the blade run true. Don’t understand this. Since Tuesday of this week I have tried to get someone from Rikon to call me on this issue. I have left my name and number on three different occasions. I did receive an email from Ron telling me that the issues that i have described have been resolved by adding more tension. I have tensioned the wheel as far as i can turn it. It did not help. He further stated that some manufacturers make their blades a little long and for me to tell him what brands and widths i have tried. I replied a 1/4” TW and a 1/2” WS, and of course the one that came with it. I have yet to hear a response form anyone at Rikon. I would like to be able to use the saw in the near future. Just wondering if this might be an isolated incident or is others have had similar experiences. Did not want to sound negative on my post.

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#4 posted 01-29-2010 01:31 AM

Should have bought “Luguna” . Ceramic guides provide straight cuts. Luguna also has a patented slimline blade to enhance the already perfect band saw.

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#5 posted 01-29-2010 03:46 AM

I bought the same Rikon in November. I did make sure I went thru all the setup procedures twice to make sure everything was square and the blade support bearings were exactly where they should be. At first, I thought I had a tension problem because it appeared the tension would not go to “zero” when the tension was released. But, it seemed to correct itself when the tension was off for a couple of days. Don’t know if this actually did anything or not, but everything works fine now. I also read everything I could get my hands on about using a bandsaw. I suddenly realized a bandsaw is really a pretty complicated piece of equipment. But, after I got used to the machine I have been perfectly pleased with the machine. I do almost all my work with a 1/4” Timberwolf and the cut is smooth and straight. I’ve resawn cherry and cut out irregular shapes and it does everything I have asked it to do.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#6 posted 01-29-2010 03:53 AM

BAH I am afraid I have to echo Purplev and syenefarmer in terms of my experience. I have the same saw you bought and I also bought it at my local Woodcraft. Without going into too much detail, I had a problem with the belt on the saw. I brought the belt to Woodcraft and the Asst. Mgr (who happens to own the saw too) took me over to the store’s floor model and we discussed what the likely problem (and resolution) might be. He told me to call Rikon customer service, tell them Woodcraft suggested I call, and he told me Rikon will probably offer to send out a replacement belt. They did. Did you order yours online or buy it at a local store? If the latter, do you have similar salespeople and managers at your Woodcraft store, i.e., courteous and helpful? Maybe you can ask them for advice. You could demonstrate on their floor model what is happening to yours. You won’t be able to simulate it exactly but you know what I mean. Perhaps with enough info, they can suggest what the issue might be. Also, if you haven’t already done so, I would go back through the saw set-up in the owner’s manual step-by-step just to be sure you didn’t miss anything.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#7 posted 01-29-2010 06:15 AM

I have the Rikon 14” Deluxe and some other Rikon tools. I just wish every vendor was as responsive as Rikon. I’ve received great CS from them. The saw works great too. I have upgraded to Carter guides.

-- tim hill

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#8 posted 01-29-2010 06:35 AM

BAH, I’m not sure from your description if you have alignment issues, or tension issues -when you state that the blade runs left-to-right, do you mean it left-to-right if you stand in front of the cut line? meaning that the blade is wobbling? that means your blade is under tensioned – what LENGTH is your blade? it should be 111” if it’s much longer than regardless of how much you’ll add tension it’ll still be too long to be tensioned properly. that is what the Rikon rep was trying to understand from you.

now, if you mean that the blade is running front-to-back if you’re standing infront of the cut line – that means that your wheels are not coplaner and are not tuned. in which case, I would recommend researching about bandsaw tune up and running the process from start to finish – it can be a daunting process as there are many things to tune, and it’s a large machine, but once tuned – this machine is pretty amazing – seriously.

If you’ve contacted Rod, (I’m not familiar with Ron) than just know that he’s out of the office quite often on business and sometimes takes a week or so to get a response from him, but he’s a straight up guy and provides one of the best support I’ve experienced in the field.

if you can keep supplying us with info, more help can be given to you.

mind you – as I stated, a bandsaw is one of the more complicated machines in Woodworking, and really does require quite a bit of tune up to make it working properly, but when tuned up, it just works!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

#9 posted 01-29-2010 01:16 PM

if it was me i would take it back and then go to grizzly i dont mean to sound like a salesman for them but with all the grizzly tools i have and use every day in my cabinet shop i have never had any big problems with their tools and what ones i did i have contacted them and gotten the best coustomer service i have ever had.they go out of their way to make sure the customer is happyand for that i will always buy from them plus the beat the pants off the compition when it comes to price

-- i wonder if obama stood in a wind storm with them big ears of his would he start spinning like a drill bit

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#10 posted 01-30-2010 09:29 PM


I have not noticed any major front to back blade movement on my new Rikon. However, Rikon has a tech tip on how to adjust the lower wheel to eliminate the blade running too far forward/back on the lower tire and how to eliminate the front to back wobble. Here is a link

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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