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Forum topic by Rrrandy posted 04-24-2017 01:43 AM 735 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rrrandy

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04-24-2017 01:43 AM

Does anyone else on this site own one? I have a few questions but if no one else owns one I’m not going to waste time listing my questions/comments.

-- Y'all need to locate a sense of humor. Borrow one if you can't find yours...


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dbw

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#1 posted 04-24-2017 11:37 AM

I have one of these. Works well.

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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bdresch

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#2 posted 04-24-2017 11:43 AM

If it’s the cast iron Delta clone run away fast (I own one and its junk) If it’s the welded steel Rikon clone I’ve heard they are fine.

The cast iron one is not stiff enough to tension a 1/2” blade. The upper casting deflects so much it’s impossible to keep the guide post parallel to the blade.

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ArtMann

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#3 posted 04-24-2017 03:17 PM

I have one of the steel frame type that is made by Rikon. It has proven to be a fine low cost option with one exception. It uses the absolute worst blade guides I have ever tried to use. If you have a lot of patience then it could be a good saw. Just don’t change blades very often.

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GR8HUNTER

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#4 posted 04-24-2017 03:35 PM

MAYBE this will help you out :

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3258

GOOD LUCK :<))

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Rrrandy

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#5 posted 04-24-2017 07:18 PM



I have one of these. Works well.

- dbw


dbw, is this the one?

-- Y'all need to locate a sense of humor. Borrow one if you can't find yours...

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dbw

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#6 posted 04-25-2017 11:43 AM

yup.

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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dbw

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#7 posted 04-26-2017 12:00 PM

One thing I need to mention is I have to re-adjust the upper guides every time I move the guide post for a thickness change. I also devised a creative way to make guide adjustments and blade changes 100% tool-free.

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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firefighterontheside

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#8 posted 04-26-2017 12:20 PM

I have one. I tend to agree with comments above. Works for me. Guides seem to be its biggest drawback.

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

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edapp

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#9 posted 04-26-2017 12:32 PM

I have this saw and have mixed feelings about it. For the price, i cant complain. I wouldnt have anything other than a small benchtop bandsaw if it werent for this being on the market. Now at the same time i will be upgrading this saw whenever possible due to several drawbacks.

I have had the saw stall on me MANY times when trying to resaw. New blades adjusted well, slow feed etc.
3 out of the six bearing blade guides has seized up so far. Not to mention the PITA they are to adjust.
The table does not secure to the base well enough.

However, at that price, i am just glad i have a 14” bandsaw and will deal with it until i can upgrade.

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Rrrandy

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#10 posted 04-27-2017 12:59 AM



One thing I need to mention is I have to re-adjust the upper guides every time I move the guide post for a thickness change. I also devised a creative way to make guide adjustments and blade changes 100% tool-free.

- dbw


Why don’t you share with the rest of us? :)

-- Y'all need to locate a sense of humor. Borrow one if you can't find yours...

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firefighterontheside

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#11 posted 04-27-2017 01:24 AM


One thing I need to mention is I have to re-adjust the upper guides every time I move the guide post for a thickness change. I also devised a creative way to make guide adjustments and blade changes 100% tool-free.

- dbw

Why don t you share with the rest of us? :)

- Rrrandy

Yeah, please share.

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

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Woodmaster1

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#12 posted 04-27-2017 01:41 AM

It s not exactly the same as a Rikon. They have cheapened some the features. As for the Rikon I don’t have trouble with adjusting the guides but I am going to buy the upgrade package.

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TravisH

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#13 posted 04-27-2017 02:06 AM

I have one in my shop and overall have been happy with it. Agree with the guide and thrust bearings being an issue.

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dbw

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#14 posted 04-27-2017 12:14 PM

I will attach a few pics this weekend. In the mean time I need to tell you I replaced ALL the bearing with sealed bearings. Including the bearings on both wheels and the bearings on the idler pulley. The bearings on the wheels and the idler pulley have to be pressed in. I went by my local Sears Auto Center and I asked one of the technicians to press them in for me. $20 makes a great lubricant :)

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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ArtMann

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#15 posted 04-27-2017 03:22 PM

Sealed bearings are a great idea. The OEM ones fail regularly. As it turns out, the bearings are the same size as those used for skate boards and you can get a tube of 10 of them economically. If the bearings aren’t sealed, routine oiling helps a lot.

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