When I was looking at band saws one of the things that the Powermatic listed as a pro is that when the blade is detensioned, the quick-tensioning handle is in line with the blade so you will see it before turning on the saw. This gave me the idea to implement something similar for my Rikon. Using a little cloth and a magnet I fashioned the following View from the front when blade is detensioned and from the back Alternative detensioned views View when blade is tensioned ...
Ok, spent last night and this morning tuning the saw. The nice thing about this saw is that everything I can think of that might need adjusting is fairly easily adjusted. I followed the instructions on Rikon’s site and was able to adjust the lower wheel so the blade now runs on the center of the tire. This involved loosening and tightening the bolts that hold in the prescribed fashion. I over compensated a little bit on the first try but hit it dead on the second. I was able t...
http://s730.photobucket.com/albums/ww302/Dopamax/?action=view¤t=CarpentryEngineeringExpandingTable.flv Now that is some drop leaf table!
Here is a walk through of the unpacking and setup process The box came on a pallet from ABF. Amazon’s free shipping included lift gate service and they put it in my garage for me. (90 lbs Golden retriever for reference) Opening the box reveals the manual, fence face and the fence rail The rest of the components are accessible after removing the top styrofoam packaging. you can see the main body (far left), the table (middle), and the stand (small box upper right)....
I completed basic setup last night and gave it a try. As a lot have noted, the stock blade is awful, I had a lot of vibration and didn’t pass the nickel test. After switching to a 1/2” Timberwolf 3TPI all vibration is gone and it runs very smooth. Without trying real hard I was able to resaw a 0.025” (~1/40”) slice off a jointed and faced 2×4. The variation in thickness was +/- 0.005”. Things I’ve noticed but need to investigate more (suggestion...
So one of the big items on my OMG DO WANT list for a while has been a 14” bandsaw (I currently have a 10” Ace benchtop that I got free and that has been a pretty solid performer, but really I need something beefier and bigger.) Considering my budget and the fact there really are other things I do need more, I put it on the back burner for the near future. THEN I see the latest HF add, their 14” is on sale for $299, plus one of my stack of 20% coupons would bring it down ...
ABF truck left just a while ago after delivering my new Rikon 10-325. I purchased it through Amazon with free shipping and they provided lift gate service at no additional cost. I’ve started unpacking it but need to head back to work :( (like i’m gonna get anything done in the next 3 hours anyway). My brother in law is coming over later to night to help lift it on the stand. I’ll post pics of setup as I go.
After blowing up the motor on my Jet 12”, I decided to upgrade to what I want rather than spending money to fix the motor. As a result, I began obsessively reviewing 14” band saws, and I have ultimately decided to buy the Rikon 10-325 14” Deluxe model. Thanks to all of you who came before me who asked the question “Which 14” band saw is the best” and to those of you who left such great responses debating the topic. I made the purchase through Amazon f...
Today I put on the new Timberwolf band saw blade I bought at the woodshow last Saturday. Tensioning it was a bit tricky, but after a few tries and playing around with it i finally got it. I wanted to try making a lock out of a big chunk of walnut that was given to me. I wanted to have a book matched face. So I set my new Kreg fence to just over half inch. The faces finish at 3/8. The new blade cut through the 3” walnut very easy. I was surprised. I have never had a band saw that cut as ...
One of my complaints about band saws in general is the way they tell you how much tension to put on the blade. Ever BS that I have seen has an indicator that tells you, based on blade size, how far to move the block that compresses the spring. They are notoriously inaccurate. Almost all BS blades should be tensioned to around 20,000 p.s.i.. The best way to measure this is to measure how much the blade has stretched. I own a tension gauge that takes that measurement and you really...
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