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tntro

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07-01-2016 01:58 AM

Good evening woodworking freinds I have a chance to buy a 18” Rikon bandsaw at a super good price it’s brand new but I hear some bad things about them like the motor Bruns out quickly only after a few uses and the wheel on the bottom crack sometimes has anybody heard anything about these bandsaws are they good are they bad what

-- dale


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#1 posted 07-01-2016 02:59 AM

Hello Dale, I owned one of the Rikon 18” bandsaws, from my personal view point I’d look for another bandsaw. The casting on the trunnions was like sand, and crumbled when I attempted to tilt the table to the 45 degree mark. Rikon replaced the trunnions and swore to me the second set were of higher quality, they weren’t. The motor burned out after the first month and they sent me a new one free of charge. My experience soured me on any of the Rikon products. Never ceases to amaze me why a company would go to such great lengths to make a very inferior product.

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#2 posted 07-01-2016 05:59 AM

I have a Rikon 18” band saw that is set up as a dedicated resaw tool. It took a while to get it set up but now it runs like a dream cutting 1/16” thick hardwood veneers 10”-12” wide. Been getting pretty heavy use for two years, no breakdowns or problems yet

-- Ken

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#3 posted 07-01-2016 01:37 PM

10-340 here. Great machines and a great company. Runs like a beast.

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

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#4 posted 07-01-2016 02:31 PM



Hello Dale, I owned one of the Rikon 18” bandsaws, from my personal view point I d look for another bandsaw. The casting on the trunnions was like sand, and crumbled when I attempted to tilt the table to the 45 degree mark. Rikon replaced the trunnions and swore to me the second set were of higher quality, they weren t. The motor burned out after the first month and they sent me a new one free of charge. My experience soured me on any of the Rikon products. Never ceases to amaze me why a company would go to such great lengths to make a very inferior product.

- Clarkie

I find this equally perplexing. It sounds like your customer service experience wasn’t bad, but the product was. I don’t know how companies can make money when they spend so much revenue correcting (or, in your case, only attempting to correct) problems inherant to the design/manufacture of their tools.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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Dwain

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#5 posted 07-01-2016 02:42 PM

...probably because they sell a whole lot of bandsaws.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#6 posted 07-08-2016 05:31 PM

I’ve owned my Rikon, 10-345, 18”, for several years. I’ve had no issues what so ever. It’s a great saw.

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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