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 :)
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