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Forum topic by Gavs posted 01-27-2010 05:26 PM 1133 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2010 05:26 PM

Hi everyone, have read teh reviews on the Rikon 14” deluxe bandsaw both here on LJs and on the Woodcraft site, which seem quite positive. Any newer reviews, thoughts etc?

ThankS,
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#1 posted 01-27-2010 05:34 PM

i have had mine since last fathers day and it runs like a champ. this is a great tool for the money.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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#2 posted 01-27-2010 05:48 PM

you can check my review, it still runs great, and does what it needs to do without flinching. very dependable workhorse.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 01-27-2010 05:51 PM

Very happy with mine.

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#4 posted 01-27-2010 06:14 PM

Love mine too! I want another, bigger one now.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 01-27-2010 06:39 PM

PurpLev, I just read your review – could you confirm this? The doors have to be opened a full 180 degrees to change the blade? Does that mean the saw can’t be against a wall?

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 01-27-2010 06:50 PM

Gavs;

The Rikon 14” Deluxe is a great bandsaw. BUT, before you turn it on the first time change the blade to a quality one like Timberwolf. The blade it comes with is not good.

I also put mine on a mobile base so it can be moved around as needed.

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#7 posted 01-27-2010 06:56 PM

JJohnston – yes that is correct. you will not be able to change blades as intended while the bandsaw is against a wall. however, if you have a mobile base on it, you can pull it forward to change blades, and push it back to the wall.

considering that changing blades although common thing is not really THAT frequent, I wouldn’t consider this a deal breaker – but still something you should plan for and know in advance.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 01-31-2010 09:46 PM

Gavs,

I just Got mine this week. No regrets so far.

JJohnston,
In addition to what PurpLev says, both doors can lift off their hinges by very easily so you can just remove them quick, change the blade then put them back on. It only takes a second.

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#9 posted 02-11-2010 08:40 AM

sounds like good reviews

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#10 posted 02-11-2010 03:29 PM

Just a heads up. Woodcraft has the 18” Rikon on sale now for $999.99. Not sure what your paying for the 14”, but on the Woodcraft website the 18” is only $200.00 more. Well worth the cabbage if you ask me.

-- Scott, South Carolina

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#11 posted 02-11-2010 03:43 PM

If resawing is something high on your list of priorities, I think the 14” deluxe actually has an inch on the 18” BS.

13” vs. 12” on the 18” BS. You do get an extra HP on the 18” machine though (2 1/2 vs. 1 1/2).

Another point is that the 18” is 220 volts only where the 14” is 120V/220V.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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