LumberJocks

Work(shop) in Progress #4: Finally the Band has arrived... (saw that is)

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by PurpLev posted 09-05-2008 03:47 AM 2129 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Bosch 4100 TS - Zero-Clearance Inserts Part 4 of Work(shop) in Progress series Part 5: Drill Press Table »

So I’ve been planning on getting a bandsaw for a long time, but at first I didn’t have the space for it – then I figured, maybe I can squeeze a 12” version in the tight space that I did have – but that would mean I will not be able to resaw – which is one of the main reasons I wanted to get a bandsaw, so eventually I just had to put this wish on the back-burner…

I had recently moved to a larger place, with a larger garage that is currently dedicated for a shop – and can actually fit a couple of tools, and a decent work area (once I have everything organized and cleared… will take a while as we have more important matters to draw our attention at the moment – our daughter) but I have finally was able to get my wish bandsaw! YAY!

I did a lot of research, and for my needs I think a 14” will be more than I’ll ever need. that being said – I did want to get as much resaw capacity as I could, and as much power as possible, while still making it reasonable on my pockets – the choice was a Rikon 14” Deluxe bandsaw. at 1 1/2 HP it is more powerful than most bandsaws, it is a steel construction which I personally prefer over the cast iron construction. it is capable of resawing up to 13” out of the box (although I didn’t get it in a box – it still has the same feature), comes with an easy to use Resaw fence+bar, cast-iron wheels, large cast-iron table – how can you go wrong?!? – oh, and it’s spanking beautiful… lol – yes it does matter.

Here it is… arriving in the trunk+back seat of the car. at first I wasn’t sure I’d be able to transport it by myself, and even if I could, I didnt know if it would fit in the car -but after measuring, and calculating, and checking to see that it CAN be transported on it’s back – I was able to fit it in the car. A bit heavy, but with some creative thinking and leverage from the straps I was able to lower it down into it’s awaiting mobile base (got it from woodcraft- it works smoothly and easily)

And here it is still without the cast-iron table after being wheeled into the garage:

And with the Cast-Iron Table mounted on… all ready to cut some wood:

I WILL write a full-on review once I have set it up, and get some work done with it to get a feel for how it performs, and how we interact with one another. So far – So good! tonight I sleep a happy camper :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.



12 comments so far

View trifern's profile

trifern

8132 posts in 2453 days


#1 posted 09-05-2008 04:13 AM

I am happy for you and look forward to your review. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

View Karson's profile

Karson

34886 posts in 3086 days


#2 posted 09-05-2008 04:25 AM

Looks like a great big saw there. Congratulations.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

View Chris 's profile

Chris

1867 posts in 2677 days


#3 posted 09-05-2008 04:31 AM

Congrats!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

View Douglas Bordner's profile

Douglas Bordner

3966 posts in 2750 days


#4 posted 09-05-2008 09:03 AM

When there’s a will there’s a way! This will open up a whole new vista in your woodworking career.
We’ll be looking for the review and some projects…Yippie!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

View Les Hastings's profile

Les Hastings

1275 posts in 2459 days


#5 posted 09-05-2008 12:45 PM

I think you’ll like their saw. I have the Rikon 18” model and I’m really happy with mine.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

View PurpLev's profile

PurpLev

8476 posts in 2334 days


#6 posted 09-05-2008 02:41 PM

Thanks for the warm wishes everyone! Douglas – I’ve already been through a couple of moments where I said to myself “if only I had a bandsaw I could to ‘this’ and ‘that’ ...” hahaha, I can’t wait to see what else I can do with this thing.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

View Lee A. Jesberger's profile

Lee A. Jesberger

6663 posts in 2665 days


#7 posted 09-05-2008 03:06 PM

Hi Purplev;

Looks like a great addition to any shop.

What do you mean sleep?

How can you consider sleeping at a time like this?

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

View PurpLev's profile

PurpLev

8476 posts in 2334 days


#8 posted 09-05-2008 03:25 PM

Lee – I don’t really want to, but I am forced by law to sleep… it’s a new thing here…

besides- thats when I do my best work… only problem is that it’s not there when I wake up to show to everybody… gotta work on a solution to that

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

View ryno101's profile

ryno101

379 posts in 2350 days


#9 posted 09-05-2008 09:05 PM

Congrats… Oh, I’m jealous…

I’m in a similar position as you were with shop space, and have avoided a table top bandsaw for exactly the same reasons. I want to be able to have some resaw capabilities.

Can’t wait to see your review, this is going to open up a whole new world for you in terms of what you can actually make!

Oh, and if you ever need anyone to help you test… Winchester’s not too far from here… ;-)

-- Ryno

View SCOTSMAN's profile

SCOTSMAN

5414 posts in 2271 days


#10 posted 09-05-2008 11:03 PM

Good luck with the new saw I bought one and a year later took a fancy to a much bigger one, which I bought right away.They did not deiliver it for a few months but I got most of the money back on the first one about 2/3rd’s. The new one is a 24 inch with full 18”inches under the guides for resawing I know you will never look back.The very best of good wishes to you my friend God Bless Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

View Dick, & Barb Cain's profile

Dick, & Barb Cain

8693 posts in 2985 days


#11 posted 09-05-2008 11:20 PM

Congratulations, It’s the same as mine.

I know you’re going to like it. I’ve had mine over a year now, & really like it, no complaints.

That must have been a bugger getting it in, & out of the car.

Mine came in a box, & the individual pieces were heavy enough.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

View fidelfs's profile

fidelfs

14 posts in 2753 days


#12 posted 09-06-2008 04:26 AM

you will love it, I have the same one and it purrs not like my old Grizzly ultimate bandsaw ( I sold it and bought the Rikon) that made all kind of noices.

I am actually working with hard maple and I am resawing some of it and the bandsaw cuts like butter.

Good choice!!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase