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Does anyone have experince with the Rikon brand band saw?

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Blog entry by LFP posted 07-29-2010 11:09 PM 957 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!



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Kindlingmaker

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#1 posted 07-29-2010 11:30 PM

Many LJ’s here have Rikon bandsaws and everyone loves them, I included! (14” Deluxe)

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Eagle1

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#2 posted 07-29-2010 11:41 PM

Have you checked out Grizzly?

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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Gerry

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#3 posted 07-30-2010 12:58 AM

Lou,
Welcome to Lumberjocks! I’ve had my Rikon 14” Deluxe for about 6 mopnths now, and could not be happier. It cuts veneer to 1/16” with no issues, allows for great re-sawing capacity of almost 13 inches with a WoodSlicer blade from Highlands Woodworking ( www.highlandwoodworking.com), and is generally my go to machine in the shop. Quality and reliability have not been an issue, and when i had some questions, i found the factory technical folks to be most helpful and pleasant. Based on my experience thus far, I believe you can not go wrong with choosing Rikon tools.

Also see several reviews on this site:

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/1407

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/1327

I hope this is of help.

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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WWilson

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#4 posted 07-30-2010 04:08 AM

I have a 14” Deluxe too and am very happy with it. I had the bottom bearings freeze up (they didn’t always use sealed bearings) and the belt fried (probably a tension issue caused by yours truly). Called customer service and they took care of me right away. Excellent support.

This is my first band saw and I am still learning how to “tune” it (read: have wrecked some nice boards trying to re saw) but overall am very happy with the machine.

Hope that helps.

-Will

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LFP

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#5 posted 08-04-2010 01:58 PM

I would like to thank everybody for their valuable (and quick) feedback – it sounds like I won’t go wrong with either the Rikon or the Grizzly brands – they both seem to be very comparable to each other – I might have to flip a coin on this one. Thanks again!

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