|Review by Dick, & Barb Cain||posted 01-14-2008 02:07 PM||33308 views||6 times favorited||59 comments|
Second photo from Rikon
Reason for buying:
I’ve had an old 14” Taiwanese saw for quite a few years, so I looked at some reviews on Band saws, & decided this would be the one for me.
I shopped around the internet, & decided to buy it from Woodcraft. It was $750, & free shipping,
so I saved $75, enough for a few gallons of gas.
The price fit my wallet.
It looked like a well engineered saw. when I received it, I was surprised by the heftiness of it. The cabinet,
& all of the doors, even the lower cabinet were about 14, or 15 gauge steel. About twice the thickness of my old saw. I also like the way the doors latch, with a quarter turn of a knob, & tight enough for no rattling.
The table is a nice size, & it has a well designed, & a sturdy fence, that comes with a ripping bar attachment that bolts to the fence.
I also like the geared tilting mechanism.
It comes with ball bearing blade guides.
It has plenty of power 1 1/2 HP
I think having cast iron wheels gives the saw added inertia, because of their weight.
You can re-saw 13”, without having to install riser blocks.
I recently re-sawed some 9” burly maple with no slowdown.
Width 1/8” – 3/4”
Size 16” x 21-1/2”
Left Tilt 5°
Right Tilt 45°
Groove “T” Slot (2) 3/8” x 3/4”
Height to Floor 39-1/2”
Horsepower 1-1/2 HP
Speed Capacity 2
Speed Range 1445/2950 ft/min
Net Weight 251 lbs
Minimum 110 volts
20 amp circuit.
Poor quality manual, with lousy pictures. They told me they were going to upgrade it though.
The dust collector port was blocked with a plate welded over it. ( you can see it in my previous review).
First I drilled some holes in it, but i finally got it working right by chiseling it off.
It works fine now.
If I had to do this over again, would I buy one of these saws again?
You Bet I would.
This is a piece of 9 inch wide maple, that I re-sawed, it cut through it like butter.
This is before sanding, a nice clean cut.
THIS IS MY EARLIER REVIEW!
I just bought my machine back in March of 2007. Woodcraft had a weekend discount, plus free freight so I jumped at the deal. I saved $75, just on the freight.
I’ve had an old Taiwanese machine for many years, but I figured I owed myself a new saw, So I did a lot of research, & decided on the Rikon.
Now I have to decide on what to do with my old saw, because it still works.
The saw comes with about the lousiest manual, for such a nice piece of machinery.
The pictures are very unclear.
I called Rikon right after I got the saw, & they said they were working on a new manual.
They’ve been kind of slow about it, because I haven’t seen a new edition yet.
I haven’t had a chance to use it much yet, but the times I’ve used it, have been very favorable, meaning Man, do I ever like it.
Here’s some things I’ve found out about this machine so far.
After setting it up, the first thing that happened to me, was when I hit the start switch, nothing happened it blew out the circuit breaker. Now what? I tried a couple more times with the same results, so I called Rikon, he asked what size breaker I had. I told him 20 Amps. He told me to go to 30 Amps, because of the heavy starting load, even with the motor being rated less than 20 Amps. I change too 30 Amps, “problem solved”.
I’ve learned more about the problem I had with blowing of fuses. My shop has the old style screw in fuses,
even the Fusetron that has overload protection didn’t work for me. I bought some new screw in type circuit breakers, & a 20 amp breaker works fine now. I hope my review hasn’t caused anyone any added costs by switching to a larger circuit breaker.
Since I made this review. I’ve had a chance to test it on some projects. & I’m very satisfied with it.
I recently re-sawed some 9” Maple, & it sliced it like butter, with no blade drift whatsoever.
I had a question about the blade guide setting, I didn’t think they were right, so I did some checking, & now I use the thickness of a dollar bill for blade clearance setting,
I like the large highly finished cast iron table, & an excellent fence.
The heavy cast iron wheels run very smooth.
The inertia in the wheels allow it to coast almost 30 seconds after shutting down. That also helps with the power with heavy work loads.
The windows for tension adjustment, & centering the blade are also good features.
Blade check window.
There’s one thing I discovered with the dust collector port.
It has a steel baffle welded about 1/2” in front of the hole. It stops the air flow, & it did a poor job of sucking away the dust.
I called Rikon ,& they said it was a safety feature specified by OSHA, to prevent getting fingers in the wheel spokes.
I suggested drilling holes in the plate would allow air flow, & he agreed with me. He said he’d pass it on to his engineers.
I have completely removed this baffle since this picture was taken, & now I’m much more satisfied. .
You can’t get your fingers in the port when the pipes are connected.
I have recently attached some casters to the base of the saw, & it works fine, &
I haven’t had any problems with this set up. Check it out.
Here's a review of this tool, by Fine Woodworking.”
I f you wish to see the comments of the early review click here._ There’s some interesting comments that compliment this early review
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