|Review by Jeff_in_KCMO||posted 02-07-2014 04:35 PM||2192 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
I’ve been living with my Rikon 14” Deluxe bandsaw since I purchased it about a year ago. I’ve resawn a handful of lumber, cut out some cabriole legs, made jigs… a fairly rounded work history. It’s been okay, but I felt like the blade never really tracked properly even after a lengthy and tedious tuneup.
Then, I decided to make the plunge and purchase a set of Carter Micro Adjust guide bearings… POW! I just won at life. Yes they are expensive, and, yes, they saved my saw. Overall installation was about an hour, including fine tuning the alignment. Contrary to other reviews, I did not have to remove the table to install the bottom bearing.
The difference is night and day. Suddenly the cuts are straight, and clean. Very clean. Adjustment is a breeze compared to the factory bearings. I haven’t tried resawing anything yet, but the cuts I have made are finally what I expect out of a bandsaw.
I’ll have to update this when I have some more time on the guides, but in the meantime, I couldn’t be happier with this purchase.