First I would like to thank everyone for such a warm welcome to the website – it is great to see so many people sharing their experiences and involvement with the art of woodworking.
Anyway, my name is Lou and I just built a 1200 sf pole barn building on my property in eastern PA to serve my addiction to machinery and woodworking. I recently closed a commercial shop where I had a 28” MiniMax Band Saw which left with me a 14” Jet which is just too small for much of the cuts I do on a band saw. Further limiting my band saw options for repalcement machines, I also sold a large phase converter becuase at the time I had 3 phase power at the shop, which I no longer have. I recently saw the 18” Rikon which seems to have great specs for a saw that size (ie table size, beefy fence rail, motor speed, blade capability, cutting capacity, warranty, etc.). I found a store on the internet that sells it for $1299 with free shipping which puts it far less than others in that class. Any feedback from anyone with experience with the brand or a comparable saw would be greatly appreciated as I am looking to get back into a bigger band saw. Thanks in advance!