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Blog entry by SteveKorz posted 05-21-2008 03:59 PM 1052 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I finally ordered my new Rikon 10-325 14” Deluxe Bandsaw. Woodcraft said it would take 7-14 days for it to come in. Seems weird spending so much money for something you don’t have… lol. I read Dick Cain's review, and I was sold (by the way, Dick, thanks for that awesome review!).

I’ve wanted a bandsaw for years, but I’ve never gotten around to getting one. The price has went up since Dick’s review, I’m assuming metal and fuel costs. I’m going to purchase a mobile base for it, and a variety of blades. The general consensus is that the blade that comes with the saw is not too fantastic. Since there are quite a few experienced bandsaw users in this community, I thought I’d ask a couple questions.

Has anyone here had any success with a “reasonably” priced mobile base for one of these, or has anyone made their own for this or similar equipment? I think this machine is about 250 pounds… so, the base would have to easily handle that weight.

Also, I’ve seen several reviews on blades here. I really want this machine to cut planks from some oak and hickory timber on a sled, and I want to do some resawing. Any suggestions from those that have done this type of milling?

Are there other accessories that you guys can’t live without, is there anything else I should be considering?

I have “zero” experience with a bandsaw, and anything would help….

Thanks in advance….

—-Steve

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †



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Tom Adamski

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#1 posted 05-21-2008 04:38 PM

Steve, get “The Band Saw Book” from Amazon… It will be invaluabe for the set uo and early stages of your band saw education…

Congrats on the new saw…

Tom

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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SPalm

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#2 posted 05-21-2008 05:13 PM

Congrats! I have the same saw and I put it on a mobile base that I bought at the BORG for about $30. It sits on it OK; I had to put a sheet of ply across the bottom. Mobile bases are really nice when you want to move them, and kind of not nice when you have the machine located. I guess I would actually want a removable mobile base. (?)

Side note: make sure you put some wax on the top the minute you remove the shipping goo.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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HokieMojo

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#3 posted 05-21-2008 05:16 PM

I think you could get the book from the woodworking store (see below: it links to amazon)

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John Gray

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#4 posted 05-21-2008 06:38 PM

“Steve, get “The Band Saw Book” from Amazon” DITTO great book
I have this under my bandsaw and it works great.
http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?FamilyID=20485

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 05-21-2008 07:31 PM

Steve,

Congratulations!

I’m sure you will find yourself going to the Band Saw more and more as time goes by.

It’s one of my favorite tools… along with the Router.

Enjoy!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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GaryK

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#6 posted 05-21-2008 07:51 PM

Good deal, you should have a lot of fun with your new toy.

The blades that usually come with bandsaws are really junk. I break them up and use them to make a bowsaw.

Get a woodslicer blade from highland hardware. It’s the best I have found for the price.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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SteveKorz

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#7 posted 05-21-2008 11:38 PM

Thanks all, for the starter advice. I think I’ll order the book in the next day or two.

Also, Spalm- I would not have thought about putting wax on it immediatly…

And, it sounds like Highland Hardware has the market here in resaw blades… This community is so fantastic, if you think for just a second about how much money everyone saves just by following the experiences of others. Thanks again, I appreciate it!!!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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rickbuddy

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#8 posted 05-22-2008 01:01 AM

Congrats on the new saw Steve.
Rockler has a 600 lb. capacity mobile base on sale right now.
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=2383&ref_id=5340&ref_t=Z&originid=91760837 .

-- Rick Snail, Omaha, NE --The only stupid question is one that isn't asked.

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Toolz

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#9 posted 05-22-2008 01:57 AM

Steve:
Here is a photo of what I use. It is from Woodcraft $40 for the four legs. You need to drill four holes in each leg to mount them. They are featured in the current issue of WOOD magazine along with others. These are the most inexpensive, don’t raise the hight of your tool, and support 600 lbs.
Rigid Band saw & small DC ducting

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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ND2ELK

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#10 posted 05-22-2008 01:58 AM

Hi Steve

Glad to hear your getting a new band saw. I have to buy one myself but not till after I get the table saw. The shop itself needs to get done first. Just bought the materials for the 200 Amp service today.

Let me know what you think of your band saw after you use it awhile. Happy for you!

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Backwoods

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#11 posted 05-22-2008 02:18 AM

Nothing like a new tool !!!
I keep an assortment of bands for mine. Narrow bands for scrolling, and wide bands for ripping. I thing I have one of every size and 5 new ones of the three sizes that I use most. I do not hesitate to put a new saw on when it dose not seem to be cutting the way it should be. I keep to carbide bands as well.

After you wax it, but before you even turn it on read the manual all the way thru. Make sure that the guides are properly adjusted and that it is tracking correctly.

All three bases are good but I like the set that toolz is using, as it sits down on the floor firmly.

Wax it after each use to keep the wood moving smoothly and so no rust pops up over night.

-- Backwoods Sawyer www.backwoodscustommillinginc.com Portable Sawmill Service

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Tom Adamski

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#12 posted 05-22-2008 04:27 AM

Steve, Instead of wax, I’d highly recomend Boshield. I have used it for a few years now and it is a wonderful product made by Boeing. Remove the cosmolene with some mineral spirits and put on a wet coat of the Boshield. Let it set for a few minutes and then buff with some paper towel. It keeps the cast iron looking great and keeps it nice and slick; without any residue to affect the wood. Their derust spray is very good too…

Tom

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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SteveKorz

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#13 posted 05-22-2008 06:09 AM

OK… I’ve ordered the book, and I’ll pick up the Boeshield T-9 at the store when I get the saw. Looking at mobile bases now.. Thanks All !

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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frank

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#14 posted 05-22-2008 02:11 PM

Hello Steve;
—-getting in here late, but then again….better late then never.

Congratulations on the bandsaw and I believe this one will give you many years of delight with wood. I might also add that out of all my power machines….the bandsaw is my favorite and the one I keep coming back too.

.....also, those mobile bases work great!

Thank you.
GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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SteveKorz

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#15 posted 05-24-2008 08:17 AM

Wow Tom- Picked up Boeshield T9 today at Rockler… that’s pretty good stuff. It’s nice and slick.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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