My Rikon 14" Deluxe Bandsaw Journey #5: Done Tuning

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Blog entry by Hoakie posted 01-31-2010 07:27 AM 2052 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Unpacking and Setup Part 5 of My Rikon 14" Deluxe Bandsaw Journey series Part 6: Safety Addition »

Ok, spent last night and this morning tuning the saw. The nice thing about this saw is that everything I can think of that might need adjusting is fairly easily adjusted.

I followed the instructions on Rikon’s site and was able to adjust the lower wheel so the blade now runs on the center of the tire. This involved loosening and tightening the bolts that hold in the prescribed fashion. I over compensated a little bit on the first try but hit it dead on the second.

I was able to square up the table to the blade using the trunnion micro-adjust screws as described in the manual. This involved loosening the main bolts and tweaking two 3mm hex bolts. now it is dead on.

After the tune up I decided to attack the ~6”x36” ash log that put and end to my Jet 12” BS and started me on this journey. The result?.....I was thoroughly impressed because it felt like the Rikon did not even know the log was there. This was especially impressive since I was using a TW 3/8” 6TPI blade that I had been using earlier when cutting some bowl blanks. I thought I’d finish the cut then switch the blade, however it cut so smoothly and easily i just finished the log with the blade.

Thanks to everyone here for your previous reviews and tips. I know I am going to love this saw for a long, long time!

I will try and remember to update after I get more time behind the saw and let you know if I’m still happy but for now…..I’m thrilled!

-- 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 01-31-2010 03:01 PM

It is good to hear that it is a great saw at resawing…I hope to follow your lead in about 2 months..just have to wait for the tax return!

-- "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 01-31-2010 03:42 PM

I’ve had this saw for over a year and a half, and I absloutely love it. I have put oak, red oak, white oak, hickory, ash, walnut… crotchwood… lots of wood thru this machine. I’m amazed that the saw doesn’t bog down or anything. It just keeps cutting… and cutting. You’re going to love it. I use Timberwolf blades in it, and really like them.

Good luck, enjoy your new machine…


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#3 posted 02-10-2010 06:05 PM

That looks like it’s doing a great job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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