|Review by DennisC||posted 02-29-2008 11:50 PM||16539 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
This is everything you could expect from 12” saw. It is manufactured by the same factory that makes Rikon saws. It has good power, 3/4 horse; capacity, 7”; and can be adjusted to cut pretty straight. The guides work nice and can be adjusted up tight.
The factory fence is junk. I built one to use with the factory front rail and it works just fine. I’m using a 1/2” 3 tooth blade and have my fence set for about 1/8” drift from front to back.
The trunion can be adjusted, with 4 set screws on each corner of the mounting plate (they are the little black dots beside the mounting bolts in the picture) , to get the table exactly 90 degrees to the back edge of the blade. However, it’s a little finicky. When you loosen the trunion to tilt the table, the table flops around like it’s ready to fall off. It can’t fall off, but it feels like it. Once I got it set for 90 degrees both directions I have left it alone.
The dust ports are not very effective. There are to many places not sealed up in order to get good removeal under the table. Most of the dust ends up in the floor.
I included a picture of a piece of 6” black walnut that was resawn using this machine. Took 5 or 6 minute to get through this piece. Not perfect but close enough for the planer to clean up.
I looked at all the 14” saws but came back to this for the cost per inch of resaw capacity. You can find these on sale for $300. It’s been worth that price, but the fence, trunion and dust problems don’t allow me to rate it a 4 or 5.
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