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

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#1 posted 11-17-2012 03:57 PM

I have the same bandsaw and while I haven’t used it a lot yet, once properly setup, the guides seem just fine, and I didn’t see a problem tensioning the stock 5/8 blade by simply using the gauge on the saw itself.

I like the stock fence, not planning on using the “resaw bar” as I think a saw should be able to cut straight using a regular fence. My previous bandsaws did and I had no trouble resawing straight, one was a 12” Craftsman, and the other a 16” clone of a Laguna LTE3000 saw.

I did have an issue with the fence support bar having a pretty serious bow, which meant the fence would never stay parallel to the miter or blade when locking, depending on the distance. Support was good and they sent me a new mounting bar (contacted them by email), which is not perfectly straight but much better.

One difficulty if you do plan to install an aftermarket fence, the blade comes out through the front of the table, and the stock fence support bar stops short of the slot, to allow for the blade to come out. To my knowledge, aftermarket fences do not account for that.

The table had to be made perpendicular to the back of the blade. The set screws for that are a bit tricky to reach, and not at all where the manual says they are, but on the opposite side. Although, if you do it calmly, it’s actually pretty easy and quick to do, the biggest difficulty being to be able to find the set screws holes with the allen key.

There is a steel connection bar that closes the blade channel at the front of the table. On my saw, this has to be tightened very well to make sure both sides of the table are flat and inline with each other.

Hope this helps and gives a few useful tips.

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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