Rikon 14" just stopped working. Any ideas to troubleshoot?

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Forum topic by Durnik150 posted 05-16-2012 05:05 PM 1296 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-16-2012 05:05 PM

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I own the Rikon 14” Deluxe Band saw and have been very satisfied with it for the two years I have had it. Today I went out and prepared to do some cutting and hit the on switch and nothing happened. No smoke, no buzz, no start then stop, it just won’t start. It worked fine yesterday up to the point I stopped using it.
I flip flopped the plugs to make sure it was getting power and it is. I checked the circuit breaker and it’s fine. I would guess that either the switch or the motor is the culprit but have no idea how to check to see which one. Since I’ll be calling their customer support line I would rather have an idea of what was wrong before I do so.
I’m not an electrical engineer so my approach will have to be pretty basic. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks ahead of time, there’s always a plethora of experience here at LJs!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#1 posted 05-16-2012 05:11 PM

A voltage checker can help you quickly verify where you have power. Good to have if you ever do anything electrical around the house.

-- Greg D.

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#2 posted 05-16-2012 05:56 PM

I have a Rikon belt/disc sander with a bad switch. I did blow compressed air on it once, and it worked for a while. It’s stuck again. I’ll replace it as soon as I find one. Mine is stuck on, I have to unplug it turn it off. I think they use cheap switches.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#3 posted 05-16-2012 06:29 PM

I have the Rikon 14” bandsaw as well and have had excellent performance from it. Several weeks ago it quit also. Turned out a small chunk of wood got caught in the drive belt and it damaged the grooves in it. You might want to check the drive belt. Excellent service from Rikon customer service.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#4 posted 05-16-2012 07:00 PM

Open the switch and check it out. They get dust in them
sometimes or have other mechanical problems which may be
obvious. If cleaning the switch doesn’t work, you can
usually disconnect and bypass the switch pretty easily.

Then you’ll know if the problem is the switch or not.

I’d take the belt off the motor.

Check the motor for an overload reset button.

Some saws have a little switch that won’t let the saw start
unless the door is closed properly. These switches aren’t
always that well designed and can get stuck in the
off position.

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#5 posted 05-16-2012 08:14 PM

One quick bit of common sense… unplug the machine first before you start poking around.

Other than that, it’s either the switch or the motor. I’d test the switch first.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#6 posted 05-16-2012 10:17 PM

Thanks for the heads up Doss and I appreciate all of the other tips from my fellow LJs. I’ll unplug the saw and start working!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#7 posted 05-17-2012 12:00 AM

yes, what everyone else said.. For sure tho, definitely unplug before ya do anything…

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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