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Forum topic by KWiK posted 02-13-2016 06:07 PM 2569 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KWiK

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02-13-2016 06:07 PM

I am the type of person that will spend weeks comparing products and price shopping. I finally decided on the Rikon 10-325, and found it for $740 with free shipping. So I ordered it and the next day they told me it had been discontinued, and a replacement from Rikon isn’t available until April.

Rikons web site shows the new one, and shows a SRP of right @ $1,000. Unfortunately I don’t see a SRP for the 10-325 so it is hard to say what the actual sales price will be.

There is a 10-325 at a store 50 miles down the road for $850, plus 6% sales tax. Kind of hard to swallow a $150 price increase though.

The main reason I decided on the Rikon, was price and the resaw height. So now I just keep going around in circles. buy the one down the road (btw all other online places are more expensive by the time I add in shipping) , try to hold off until April and hope the price isn’t to much different, go back to looking at other brands with similar specs, all of which cost more.

Frustrating.


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#1 posted 02-13-2016 07:42 PM

I must be missing something because I don’t see where the 10-325 is discontinued. I do see a new band saw 10-324 which seems to be replacing the 10-321, since the 10-321 is not listed on the Rikon site in the latest line of band saws.

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#2 posted 02-13-2016 07:48 PM

They aren’t showing it discontinued, but the place I ordered it from said it was, and I have noticed a few of the sites that showed it a little while back are no longer. I actually think the 10-326 is the replacement for it. The 10-324 has aluminum wheels, where the 10-326 will still have cast iron wheels.

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WhyMe

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#3 posted 02-13-2016 11:37 PM

Woodcraft shows the 10-325 on sale so I assume they still have it.

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#4 posted 02-14-2016 12:49 AM

Hello Kwik, if I were you I’d look at another manufacturer or even go for an older model such as Delta or Powermatic on CL. I bought the 18” Rikon a couple years ago, I highly recommend not buying Rikon. Have fun, make some dust.

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#5 posted 02-14-2016 12:54 AM

My Woodcraft said that they knew of about 200 still in the Woodcraft system. When they were gone, the new one would come out a couple months later. They had it for the price you suggested, and had the store model and one in the back still in the box, and that was it.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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KWiK

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#6 posted 02-14-2016 12:58 AM

Thanks Clarkie, What kind of problems have you had? I have a watch on Craigslist, but I am in a part of the country where there just doesn’t seem to be much of that kind of stuff comes up on CL. I have a watch for Bandsaw on CL and it is very rare anything comes up, and even rarer, that I would even consider buying.

Guess I just felt like whining<g> Like most, I have to watch the budget, and I thought I had found a pretty good deal, only to have it disappear.

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#7 posted 02-14-2016 01:11 AM

I seen the 10-325 at woodcraft today for $699 on sale. I’ve had mine for 2 years and am totally happy with it.

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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#8 posted 02-14-2016 01:36 AM

Thanks Tennessee and TurtleCarpenter,

Yes, I know they are still out there, and available, but with shipping or local tax it will be $150 or more than the one I ordered. That’s $150 that I wouldn’t have for wood after buying one from woodcraft or one of the other places. Woodcraft wants over $200 to ship one to me, and the local store doesn’t carry them.

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#9 posted 02-14-2016 02:17 AM

You could consider this craftsman. It is the same saw as the rikon 10-321. I have it and am very happy with it. It has 8” resaw capacity. Not sure about shipping to you. http://www.craftsman.com/craftsman-14-inch-band-saw/p-00932607000P?sid=IDxCMDFx20140801x001&KPID=00932607000

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#10 posted 02-14-2016 02:20 AM

Location…

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#11 posted 02-14-2016 03:06 AM

Hello Kwik, the problems began almost immediately. The cut wasn’t quite what I was looking for, even though the motor was rated I believe as a 3 hp. When resawing, it kind of chugged along instead of straight and smooth cutting. I thought I could put up with it and plane and sand smooth the surfaces later, but it became more work than it was worth. The original motor stopped after a couple weeks, the Rikon rep sent a brand new motor and said to keep the old one. I thought that was pretty good support. Then the day came about 4 months after I had the machine, that I needed to tilt the table for 45 degree work, the table tilted easily for the first 20 degree tilt. After the first 20, it became almost impossible to budge either forward or reverse, after the third attempt the trunnions just crumbled. Like they were sand they just poof, were gone. I called Rikon rep again, he said he would send me another set of trunnions for no cost, I asked if they were any better than the originals and he told me they were much beefier. He also asked that I tell whoever would listen just how cooperative Rikon was. When I received the trunnion set up, they appeared to be the same quality as the ones I had just crushed. It wasn’t long after that I put the bandsaw up for sale and sold it even though I told the guy what had happened. I purchased the Lugana 16” bandsaw and it has lived up to all expectations. A bit more money, but no headaches, though the fence could be better, lol. She has a 3hp Leeson motor and the resaw and trunnions are beautiful. Take care, sorry for the long answer.

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#12 posted 02-14-2016 02:54 PM

I sold an18” jet and replaced it with a rikon 10-340, making $10 in the process. Rikon is a much better saw and also a much more customer responsive company, IMHO. Go with the rikon. You’ll be glad you did.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#13 posted 02-14-2016 03:42 PM

Be sure you have 2 CL searches set up. One for bandsaw and one for “band saw”. I even saw an old delta 14” wood and metal band saw listed locally as a “wood and metal cutter”. The words band and saw were nowhere in the ad.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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#14 posted 02-14-2016 04:25 PM



Hello Kwik, the problems began almost immediately. The cut wasn t quite what I was looking for, even though the motor was rated I believe as a 3 hp.

- Clarkie


You probably have a different saw. 10-325 is not near 3hp.

-- It's nice!

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KWiK

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#15 posted 02-14-2016 04:31 PM

Thanks All for the comments. I really hadn’t even considered craftsman. Their quality seems to have gone down over the years.
It always makes things interesting when two people have completely different experiences. ie Clarkie, and Toolie. Sometimes I think it just luck of the draw, even on higher end things. Who hasn’t had or known someone that had a lemon car, while everyone else with that car loved them.

Almost forgot… Rustynails. I am in North Idaho, about a 2 hour drive to Spokane Wa.

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