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Posted on Almost Ready to Pull the Trigger--Jet or Rikon--HELP!

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#1 posted 03-12-2012 03:05 PM

I have the Rikon and as far as the fence, its nothing to write home about. I ended up buying the carter magfence. I liked the Jet as well but it wasnt on sale when I purchased. The instructions on the Rikon kind of well suck and they have parts shown that dont match whats given etc, but there realy isnt much to assemble on it. As far as tuning it, I just used a band saw book for that. I have been happy for the most part with it. The bottom guide is a real bear to adjust IMO, but i ended up putting carter guides on too. I think I drank the blue koolaide at the woodworking show. I have resawn 10 in think maple without any real issue at all, and with the carter stabilizer on it I can now do very intricate work with the bandsaw. Both machines have a good warranty and are equaly priced Id say go with which ever one you like the look of. You wont be disappointed either way.


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