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Posted on BS Newbie with "Stupid ???" re: Rikon 10-325 Purchase

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#1 posted 11-17-2012 01:03 AM

I find is that re-saw is over-rated regarding a ‘must-have’ – there are grand-plans to cut veneer, to cut limbs from downed trees, to do many things which resaw speaks to. However, most BS work is cutting either tight or sweeping curves, or stopped-cuts which only a jigaw could do, and do badly. This is not to suggest that resaw is inconsequential an application; just that there are individuals who do a LOT of it, because they do veneer work; or they live near Parks or Forests, and have a real opportunity to cut logs to rough dimensions.

The 14” BS range is a sweet-spot for most manufacturers; however, the guides typically need upgrading – thank our lucky stars that Carter has this nailed; and the fences are not that useful (everyone seems to have manufactured their own alternative).

Regarding blades, I’m not sure that most 14” BS can properly tension a 5/8” blade – and stay with quality BS manufacturers – Timberwolf is highly regarded (HM’s observations are point-on – there’s a lot to be said for these blades, and their support is reputed to be excellent); Starrett & Lenox will set you back some money, but they use top-quality metals, the welds are invisible (smoother tracking, more consistent results), and they have well-earned reputations are risk.

My own recommendations are to buy a high-quality 1/4” blade for curves; and a 1/2” for general work. At your price-point, you’re close to the Delta and perhaps the Powermatic – these set the standard for the 14” range.
A final point is to query YouTube for BS tune-up; these are complicated machines to fine-tune.

Good Luck

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