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Forum topic by harrywho posted 11-07-2010 07:26 PM 4160 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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harrywho

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11-07-2010 07:26 PM

I’ve been wanting a Rikon 14” Deluxe Bandsaw for quite awhile now and Woodcraft has them on sale this month so I’m considering taking the plunge. Before I do I would like some advice from you guys. I know the saw has received rave reviews on Lumberjocks but I have also read that the factory fence isn’t that great. My question is about resawing. I plan on doing quite a bit of it with the saw. Is the fence adequate for fine resawing, say 1/8”?
If it isn’t is there an after market fence that you would recommend, I see the Kreg requires major modification which I don’t want to do.
Of course I want to hear that the supplied fence works great but if it won’t I guess I would like to know now rather than after I buy it.
Any advice greatly appreciated.

-- Harry, Indiana


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NBeener

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#1 posted 11-07-2010 07:29 PM

I, too, have heard great things about the … I think … 10-325.

You can pretty easily make your own resaw fence, from plans like this one

Others have posted plans/ideas for DIY resaw fences, on the Net, too.

I’ve also heard good things about the MagSwitch (note: my brother works for them) resaw fence, but haven’t personally tried one … yet ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 11-07-2010 07:31 PM

Hi harrywho

I wouldnt worry about the fence as it is very easy to make one if the supplied fence is inadequate. There are a number of aftermarket fences available – I use the Kreg fence on one of my bandsaws and a shop made one on the other – both work just as well.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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harrywho

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#3 posted 11-08-2010 01:04 AM

Thanks guys, sounds like it’s a non-issue. If the fence won’t do what I want I will make one or get the MagSwitch.
I will order the saw tomorrow!
Harry

-- Harry, Indiana

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#4 posted 11-08-2010 06:02 AM

If you plan on resawing, you really need to get a good blade too. The guys at Woodcraft will tell you that it comes with a decent blade. While it might be decent, it can’t compare to a Wood Slicer blade from Highland Woodworking.

Review, feedback and links here!

You’ll love that saw. Oh, you might as well order the 111” blade now so you you’ll have it when you get the saw. Just make sure you try making some cuts with the stock blade first, so you can truly appreciate the awesomeness of the Wood Slicer.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you have an electrical problem. Roanoke, VA

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#5 posted 11-08-2010 06:14 PM

Thanks Ryan, I am picking up my saw tomorrow and am going to order a Wood Slicer. One question, are you happy with the 1/2” blade or do you think the 3/4” would be better?
Really appreciate your advice and review.
Harry

-- Harry, Indiana

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#6 posted 11-08-2010 09:08 PM

The 1/2” blade works great. I haven’t had any issues with it wandering once I set up my fence for the drift angle. I’ve had excellent results and I can’t say enough good about that blade. In fact, after re-sawing, I typically only need to take off about 1/32” in the planer to get a smooth surface. The slower the feed rate, the smoother the finished cut will be.

I actually use that blade for nearly everything, because it’s good for nearly everything. If anything I need to get a 1/4” blade so I can make tighter turns with it.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you have an electrical problem. Roanoke, VA

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#7 posted 11-08-2010 09:28 PM

I have used both the 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch woodslicer blades and prefer the 1/2 inch. It cuts smoother and has a narrower kerf. This is my regular day to day blade on my 16 inch saw.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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