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My Rikon 14" Deluxe Bandsaw Journey #4: Unpacking and Setup

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Blog entry by Hoakie posted 01-30-2010 01:48 AM 5339 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Setup Complete and some questions Part 4 of My Rikon 14" Deluxe Bandsaw Journey series Part 5: Done Tuning »

Here is a walk through of the unpacking and setup process

The box came on a pallet from ABF. Amazon’s free shipping included lift gate service and they put it in my garage for me. (90 lbs Golden retriever for reference)

Opening the box reveals the manual, fence face and the fence rail

The rest of the components are accessible after removing the top styrofoam packaging. you can see the main body (far left), the table (middle), and the stand (small box upper right).

The remaining hardware and handles came in bags sorted by groups. With the exception of a phillips head screwdriver, the saw came with all the tools necessary for assembly (hex wrenches and 10 & 13 mm box wrenches).

The stand came in its own box with with hardware enclosed.

The stand construction was very straight forward, except there are a couple of large fender washers that are left over and not mentioned in the manual. These were addressed in an earlier post and are included to make up for a gap on either side of the front of the middle shelf. I’m not sure why they didn’t catch it and make the shelf the right size/shape, but it really doesn’t matter in the overall scheme of things.

The next step was to lift the saw onto the stand. I definitely recommend help, once on it is a simple four bolt design to attach to the stand.

The large cast iron table came covered in plastic and protective goo. A little mineral spirits was used to clean it off.

Once clean I attched to the trunions, added fence rail, 90 deg stop bolt and a longer bolt to the back left hand side of the table to hold fence when it is slid clear to the left. (sorry no close ups)

After that it was just a matter of replacing the blades and adjusting the guides per the manuals instructions.

Here are some pictures of my first “slices” with the TW 1/2” 3TPI blade

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



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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 01-30-2010 01:53 AM

I am keenly interested in your experience with this saw as this is the one I am hoping to buy in a couple of months. Thanks for the pictures and details! Looks like a great saw!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 01-30-2010 02:03 AM

Congrats on your new saw.

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woodworm

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#3 posted 01-30-2010 06:20 AM

This must be very thrilling moment…
...and know what that shop companion was thinking…, ”finally I will have my bed from oak, stool out of maple and what else…?”
Thanks for the pictures, sharp and clear!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 01-30-2010 06:13 PM

Nothing like unpacking a new powertool! This looks like a pretty nice bandsaw….I like the golden too! I have one of those….the dog not the bandsaw!

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bigike

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#5 posted 01-30-2010 06:35 PM

wow, i can’t wait to get mine

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#6 posted 01-31-2010 08:01 AM

nice and shiny. hugh table top. i drooled over the rikon for so long. ended up acquiring a used, i mean old delta 14”. needs some work. hope you enjoy. congrats.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#7 posted 02-13-2010 08:32 PM

I discovered a quirk when assembling the stand to the base: the stand without the door isn’t centered on the base, so that when you put on the door, the whole thing is centered. This means it’s possible to put the stand on backward, and there’s no mention of this in the manual. Here’s what I mean:

First attempt. Notice how it’s off to one side.

Now, turned around:

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 02-13-2010 08:50 PM

Enjoy your new toy.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Hoakie

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#9 posted 02-14-2010 02:58 AM

Hmmm good point, I didn’t even notice but yes, I guess my 50:50 chance was wrong and the base is on backwards. now the question…..Is it enough for me to take it apart and do it correct?

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

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JJohnston

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#10 posted 02-14-2010 05:51 AM

Tough call. Glad I discovered it right away.

Something else I noticed about this saw: the blade guard is so long, it’s flimsy when it’s down close to the table. That’s the price you pay for so much resaw capacity, I suppose.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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Hoakie

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#11 posted 02-14-2010 07:17 AM

I wouldn’t say that my guard is flimsy at the bottom, it seems to lock in tight and tracks parallel the length of the blade

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

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Hoakie

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#12 posted 03-29-2010 06:07 AM

Today I decided to fix the problem with the base being installed backwards. My BIL came over and I was able to turn it around in a half hour. It, qualitatively, does seem to eliminate some vibration but there really wasn’t much to begin with so who knows for sure. At least now I don’t have to think about it being an issue, even though I’m not convinced it was that big of a deal in the first place

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

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timber715

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#13 posted 05-01-2011 09:45 PM

Hi, I too am looking to order this bandsaw bec of your review. but since I am from the Philippines I need to know the box dimensions it came in so I can inquire with my forwarder. Would you still have the box and post its dimensions.
thank you in advance

-- timber715 - Manila, Philippines

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Hoakie

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#14 posted 05-02-2011 01:20 AM

I sure don’t have the box nor remember the dimenstions. I do know that the saw was well packed and not too much bigger than the dimensions of the saw from Amazon are

Product Dimensions: 25×30 x 75 inches
Shipping Weight: 257 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

so you may be able to estimate based on the pictures.

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

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Bertha

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#15 posted 05-02-2011 01:23 AM

Nice saw! I really appreciate it when people take the time to make these kinds of posts. It really helps people that are in the market. Thanks again!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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