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

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 09-05-2008 03:47 AM 2986 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

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#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.

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#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 soon moving to Virginia †

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


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

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Douglas Bordner

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#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.

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Les Hastings

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#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!)

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#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.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#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?


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#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.

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#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

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#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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#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.

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#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!!

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