Tools Anonymous #5: 2nd attempt at buying a bandsaw

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Blog entry by Sandra posted 01-17-2013 03:53 PM 2003 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Bandsaw anticipation Part 5 of Tools Anonymous series Part 6: My shiny new Rikon 10-325 »

After my unfortunate experience with Busy Bee, I’ve been looking into my options for bandsaws.

I almost went with a 14” King Canada bandsaw because I could buy it here locally. The price was right, but the resaw capacity was paltry. The 17 inch model was out of my price range completely.

I finally decided on the Rikon 10-325 and then started shopping around.

I could buy the saw on and get free shipping but not to Canada. My neighbour has a PO box in Maine, and even with paying duties and taxes, I could get the saw home for about $1260.00 Cdn plus the cost of gas for the one hour drive each way.
The cons – If I’ve read correctly, the Rikon ships in one box only. I’d have to drive down to Maine with at least one other person, buy lunch etc etc. and wrestle the beast home.
-also, I prefer to shop within Canada as much as possible (despite the saw being made elsewhere of course)

When I the saw the bandsaw marked down to $799.00 on I called to get a shipping quote. The total came to 1240 something with taxes and shipping. Pretty much what I could get it for through Amazon, but without the bother of driving to Maine.

So it’s a done deal! I’m not going to get my hopes up quite yet, and having learned from my last experience, I will be taking a very good look at all the pieces before doing any assembly.

Fingers crossed

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 01-17-2013 04:02 PM

I got the Rikon 10-325 a month and a half ago. I’m happy with it. Don’t forget to get at least 2 new blades, (the stock blade is not great) one for resawing and one for curved cuts. You will also probably want to consider a mobile base, as moving it otherwise is an accident waiting to happen.

After all you’ve been through with BusyBee, I wish you luck on your new saw!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 01-17-2013 04:04 PM

Hope it goes well for you. I hate waiting for things to arrive.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 01-17-2013 04:15 PM

I purchase the Rikon 10-325 over a year ago. It is a good bandsaw but my fence is not very good. It is easy to make your own. I did add a mobile base but you have to be careful wheeling it around because it is top heavy.
The saw does come in one box but it is very heavy. You will need a helper to assemble. I had a missing part when mine arrived but Rikon customer service was very good about shipping me the missing part. Good luck.

-- Julian

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#4 posted 01-17-2013 04:21 PM

Good luck! Canada is now being recognized as a market. Maybe you will have smoother sledding.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 01-17-2013 06:09 PM

I hope this transaction goes better than the last one… Best of luck to you.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 01-17-2013 07:09 PM

happy for you sandra

better have a coffee pot
ready for that truck driver

while you look thru the tool

one thing i’ve learned with bandsaws
find a blade size
that can do what you want
changing blades and the guides for them
back and forth can lead to sloppy guide set-ups

you might find that a 3/8” blade can do both re-saw
and some curved work
so all you need to do when it is time
is change the blade
without the guide re-settup

only your hair dresser
will know for sure

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 01-17-2013 09:20 PM

best of luck to you :-)


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#8 posted 01-17-2013 10:18 PM

i wish you good fortune on this bad you had the bad experience the last time.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#9 posted 01-17-2013 11:15 PM

Thanks gents. Good point about the driver, I just signed for the saw the last time. Not this time. I’ll be opening the box before the truck leaves my driveway.

Off to the LeeValley website to look for blades…... oooh

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#10 posted 01-17-2013 11:46 PM

There’s a little trap waiting for you when you put the base of this saw together. It probably doesn’t affect function, but it may be one of those things that bugs you if it’s wrong. See my post with the pictures in this blog:

And if you plan to hook it up to dust collection, you’ll have to knock out the plate in the lower wheel housing that covers the dust port (duh?!). Just give the welds a couple of whacks with a cold chisel and it’ll come right out.

-- "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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#11 posted 01-18-2013 12:08 AM

Thanks so much JJ – I just read your blog and drooled over the pictures. Knowing about the washers and the issue with possibly having the stand backwards will save me some head-scratching. I had read about the dust port. Odd, to be sure.

I feel like standing at the end of the driveway watching for the truck…...
Hopefully it will be here sometime next week.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#12 posted 01-18-2013 12:12 AM

if you use your ladder
like in your avatar pic

you might cut a day off the delivery time
as you will be able to see the truck sooner :)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 01-18-2013 02:00 PM

good luck with the purchase. FWIW, I have not had good luck with King Canada tools. I find them pretty much junk actually.

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#14 posted 01-18-2013 02:11 PM

Good to know Jim,

I’m hoping I’ll be happy with the Rikon. Considering it’s my first bandsaw ever, it should be the best one I’ve owned!

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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