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Bob Fowkes

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04-07-2011 05:01 AM

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Rikon and the local Woodcraft (Boston) are having a warehouse sale next weekend. i don’t know Rikon (except to lust after the band saws in the store).

What do they make that y’all think is good? I’m sorta in the market for a nice band saw and a combo disk/belt sander. Any insights/experience good or bad would be appreciated.

-- Bob

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#1 posted 04-07-2011 06:22 AM

Hi Bob
I would suggest looking in the reviews on Ljs. I don’t own any Rikon tools or I would be glad to help.

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#2 posted 04-07-2011 02:03 PM

Thanks, Deke. Jim – wow, I’m impressed with the reviews here at LJ. Should have looked there first.

-- Bob

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#3 posted 04-07-2011 02:52 PM

I also have the Rikon 14” Deluxe and my experience is similar to Deke’s. My comment on this thread says a bit more about the fence and resawing. I recommend the Carter video by Alex Snodrass – with that information and a good blade I think you will be happy with the performance of the saw. Alex points out that removing the table makes it much easier to adjust the lower guides, but installing/adjusting the table with this saw is not so much fun that I want to do it with every blade change. I have upgraded to the Kreg fence and will soon upgrade to the Carter guides, but the more knowledge and experience I get the less dissatisfied I am with the stock equipment.

-- Greg D.

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#4 posted 04-07-2011 08:17 PM

I’ve only owned a Rikon mini-lathe and was relatively happy with it. Upgraded to a JET mini. Like you, I mostly know Rikon for their large bandsaws. From what I understand, the bandsaws enjoy a very good reputation. They’re defnitely one of the more attractive bandsaws.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 04-07-2011 08:22 PM

I just have their 6” jointer but I’ve had really good luck with it and it gets a ton of use. The quality is really good and I’ve heard their customer service is good to. The prices seems decent to.

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#6 posted 04-07-2011 08:31 PM

I have this Rikon disc/belt sander. It does a good job. What I don’t like is the tables. They are not very stout. The table for the belt sander is too small, the table for the disc sander is ok, but the supports are really wimpy. The dust collection is fair.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#7 posted 04-07-2011 09:36 PM

Ditto on what Deke and GregD said. I am quite pleased with my Rikon 14” Deluxe BS. As Greg mentions, the blade adjustments can be a bit tedious, but IMO it is part of the learning curve. Really like the tension relief lever as it is quick, easy, and accurate. Got mine last May-June for $699 on sale…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#8 posted 04-16-2011 03:34 PM

Thanks for all the feedback. I ended up getting the Rikon 14” deluxe bandsaw, for 30% off. Now I have to figure out how to get it into my basement shop, and reassembled. My sciatica is acting up just thinking about it.

-- Bob

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