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Rikon 8" low speed bench grinder

Rikon 8" low speed bench grinder

58 days ago by ic3ss | 19 comments »

I bought this two days ago from Woodcraft as a replacement for the WoodRiver grinder that had so many problems that Woodcraft stopped carrying it. I just got it taken out of the box and plugged it in and it wouldn’t start. The right wheel contacted the wheel guard and stopped cold. I noticed how the guard was pushed over sideways so far that I couldn’t even turn the wheel past it by hand. I bent it back toward center a bit but it still rubs the wheel. But at least I could turn it ...

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Rikon 70-450 EVS Lathe Review: Solid Performance, Cost Saving Finish

Rikon 70-450 EVS Lathe Review: Solid Performance, Cost Saving Finish

82 days ago by JamesVavra | 9 comments »

The full review, with more photos, is posted on my blog at http://www.artistryinwood.info/?p=291 The text of the review follows: Rikon 70-450 20” EVS Lathe Review First, a little background on how I landed on this lathe: I started out a little over five years ago on a little 10” benchtop model from Harbor Freight. That got me hooked on turning and I quickly realized I needed bigger gear. Within a few months I had upgraded to a used Jet 1442VS. The Jet is a 14” x 42” 1HP lathe that we...

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New saw

New saw

108 days ago by John Lowell | 12 comments »

Santa is a good person. Saw into my heart, noted the good fella inside and delivered what is now, without doubt, the highest quality tool in my shop. He left the unit in the store, only asking that I pick it up, load and unload it into the truck, muscle it down into the shop, unpack it, assemble, and tune it up. And that is a lot of work. It weighs 240 lbs.It is hard to move and assemble by one’s self. Kids did not buy the Santa story. Assembly by one who has never really use...

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Rikon 63-100 Dust Extractor 12-Gallon Capacity

Rikon 63-100 Dust Extractor 12-Gallon Capacity

196 days ago by sptfish | 2 comments »

63-100 Dust Extractor 12-Gallon Capacity This is a 15” round, 24” tall dust collector with 106CFM of Air Flow and they say…Quiet Operation Noise level no greater than 95dB Uses Standard 4” Hose No need to use adapters for large machinery Great for single machine use or general cleanupI ordered this from Amazon.com last Thursday and received it Monday morning. I was surprised, since I didn’t pay for faster shipping. This is a solid metal canister vacuum with the motor built on the ...

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Rikon 10-325-14" Band saw

Rikon 10-325-14" Band saw

264 days ago by Mark | 11 comments »

I bought this saw back in March from Canadian woodworker in Surrey. The prices at the Grizzly plant are very attractive, but these folks are about 10 min from my place. Doug and his crew are a great bunch of guys. It was on sale for $850 and then I drew a card from a hat and that had a further discount of between $25 – $500. I pulled a $50 card. I got the saw home with no problems, a bit heavy but manageable. Lots and Lots of packaging and styrofoam. There was a good coating of g...

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Pulled the trigger and got the Rkon instead of the Jet

Pulled the trigger and got the Rkon instead of the Jet

448 days ago by CANDL | 16 comments »

Well I came to you folks for advice between the Rikon and Jet 18” bandsaw. The overwhelming consensus was Rikon, and at $999 from Highland Woodworking it turned out to be a no brainer. So far the only problem has been its weight. Fighting that beast through the Kitchen and then down the stairs to the basement … lets say the the next homeowners may get such a deal. But back to the saw, I put Highlands 1/2” Woodslicer on it and it and tried my hand at resawing … w...

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Early but so far so good.

Early but so far so good.

449 days ago by Steve Good | 10 comments »

I do a lot of scroll saw work. I use thin stock for most of my projects. My old jet 12” bandsaw could only re-saw six inch stock. That always left me with the problem of either planing away valuable wood or trying to buy scroll saw ready wide boards. Neither option was appealing because of cost. I finally decided to upgrade the saw to something larger with more horse power. On my wish list were at least 12 inches of re-saw capability, 4 inch dust port and a reasonably powerful motor...

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Questionable Warranty

Questionable Warranty

453 days ago by Grumpymike | 65 comments »

I purchased a Ricon 10-325 bandsaw on November 23, 2011 And let me say that I was in hog heaven; however today I discovered that one of the guide bearings was frozen, and I called Ricon Tech Support to request a new bearing under the five year warranty. I was also informed that my saw was not under warranty. The Tech Support Specialest I spoke with was a very well mannered and patient young fellow named Jarred, he informed me that these bearings “are a ‘consume-able’ part...

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A Great Band Saw at a Great Price

A Great Band Saw at a Great Price

466 days ago by BigDawg | 13 comments »

Rikon makes a great product for a particular market segment. That segment fits between the lesser-expensive Steel City 50100 and the Grizzly G0555X crowd and the more expensive Powermatic, General, Delta, and of course, Laguna. So, the simple question: How often will you use the band saw to realize the gains in quality and performance if you spend that extra money? The band saw is a key tool in my woodworking, so it needs to be be reliable and effective in making my projects easier to crea...

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rikon 10-325 upgrade

rikon 10-325 upgrade

694 days ago by eddy | 12 comments »

i have been using a craftsman 20401 14 inch bandsaw for almost 4 years now. not a bad saw at all but not ment to be used to resaw almost every day. needless to say it was showing some wear. started looking at all the saws that were 14 inches both the jett and powermatic only had 15 inch tables too small for me. so that left the ricon only thing i did not like was the guide bearings they are the same as what was on the craftsman. started looking around and found the carter brg,s replaced the b...

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