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12-24-2012 02:20 AM

I have scoured this site for reviews about the Rikon 10-325 14” Deluxe BandSaw.
I’ve read quite a few…
Some good, some great; some bad, some SAD.

I bought the Rikon 10-325 14” Deluve Bandsaw
I purchased it 5 days ago.
I have since…replaced the blade, although not a piss-poor blade, I wanted to get a better one, so I replaced it with a 3/4” TmbrWlf.
Also, since then I added an under table shop made dust collection attachment, “Y’d” into the 4” one. (so much better)

Adjusted the machine at first…for hours…and finally figured it out (which is normal for any new machine)

I changed blades and had no issues with subsequent adjustments, had to make them of course, but it wasn’t a big deal…(yet)

MY MAIN COMPLAINT: the single roller guides are not that great. The Micro adjustments are not reliable, or easy to repeat. The guides move, to & forth when trying to turn the micro’s in or out, it’s mad.

This machine deserves double roller bearing guides.
I think it’ll run a lot better with better guides. (Carters)

And I shall give them to her,
all in all, a GREAT machine

should I have put this in review section?

-- steve/USA

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#1 posted 12-24-2012 07:06 AM

Give them to the saw for Christmas ;))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 12-24-2012 01:09 PM

When I get my 14” bandsaw it will most likely be a grizzly.
I’ve read too many mixed reviews on the 10-325.
You shouldn’t have to fix the guides out of the box…

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#3 posted 12-24-2012 03:01 PM

I, for one, fully enjoy my Rikon 10-325 and find the guides more than adequate. Sure, they are a bit tedious to set-up/adjust, but once you get the hang of it, no problems. I have had mine for ~3yr and resawn ~400BF with the BS. That said, I am a bit perplexed as to your ”main complaint” since resawing, by its very nature, is a rather imprecise procedure that still requires jointing and planing in order to get truly useable WW boards.

Also note that replacement bearings for the 10-325 are plentiful and inexpensive. Here are 20 for under $20 +FREE shipping, and also Made in USA. So for $20 you can swap out ALL bearings 3+ times if they were to fail.

608-2RS Premium ABEC 3 Sealed Bearings,8x22x7, 608 RS,Kyodo Grease

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

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#4 posted 12-24-2012 03:45 PM

I find the guides just fine. You have to keep them relatively tight during adjustment. Don’t loosen them too much with the Allen key and they will move tightly and won’t move too much when you tighten them again.

I just did some resawing of cherry with the stock blade and it was kind of weaving constantly, leaving a weave pattern on the cut, but it tracked straight, and the weaves disappeared with a couple passes through a planer. I never used a resaw bar, just press against the fence. I have a new 3/8 3 tpi blade that I’m going to try on it.

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#5 posted 12-24-2012 06:29 PM

main complaint – guides stink.

machine deserves double rollers

just my 2 cents

-- steve/USA

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#6 posted 12-24-2012 10:52 PM

The guides are fine…for stock, all I want to do is get all I can from this puppy, I feel Carter dbl rollers would help tremendously .
I am using the stock guides and they are just ok, I don’t think single bearings do a saw justice that’s all…
Merry Xmas!

-- steve/USA

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#7 posted 12-25-2012 01:10 AM

I also have had the Rikon Deluxe for at least four years. To confirm, the blade guides are inferior and significantly limit the capabilities of this saw. I replaced my guides about 6 months ago with a set of Carter Guides. Result, totally different saw that performs very well. I can strongly recommend the Carter Guides for this saw.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#8 posted 01-03-2013 01:53 AM

right on RogerM, thanks, I am not the only one…i love this saw, I like almost everything about it, except the guides, and the fact that the tension indicator needle got bent way out of use when the top wheel is tracked for a 3/4” blade. I installed a 3/4” TimberWolf, kept the tension low, but had to track crazy inward for the top wheel and the measurement needle for tension bent to shit.
I emailed Rikon, but it was the Holidays…still waiting for a response

-- steve/USA

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#9 posted 01-03-2013 02:59 PM

Joe, I had the same thing happen to me on my 10-325 with the tension needle being bent all out of whack. Every so often when switching from 3/4 to 1/4 blades I’ll have to bend it back a little bit to ensure there’s no possibility of striking the other wheel. For the most part I’ve just come to live with it as I don’t find it all that accurate anyway and just figured it was one of those things I’d have to deal with since it’s not a top of the line saw. Please let us know if Rikon says there’s something going on.

I also agree, the guides are a little finniky but I don’t find them to be downright terrible or anything. At least not bad enough that I could justify the cost for the Carter guides. One other nit that I have is that it’s a colossal PITA to adjust the tilt of the table to align it with the back of the blade. Thankfully that doesn’t really have to be done too often.

Overall though, despite the qirks, I feel it’s a solid saw for the price.

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#10 posted 01-03-2013 11:11 PM

I’m getting used to the machine now, and accept any “minor” issues, or things I find annoying…I just appreciate getting such a “high Quality-for the price” Bandsaw, can’t be beat for under a $thou$, no way, great saw

-- steve/USA

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#11 posted 01-31-2013 01:39 AM

does anyone who owns a Rikon 10-325 notice a mild, above mild, screaming of the bearings as you cut; I mean after everything (bearings upper/lower, tracking, tension) has all been adjusted correctly, when I begin to cut I get a scream from the bearings…I know it’s the bearings because I have stopped the noise by stopping the said bearing from spinning and the scream stopped….
Anyone else hear these Rikon Bearings being noisy??????

-- steve/USA

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#12 posted 01-31-2013 01:48 AM

I have the 10-325 and it seams I hear that same scream. As this is my first “real” BS, I have nothing to compare it to. I’ll need to look into this more.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#13 posted 01-31-2013 02:09 AM

Mine just arrived today (cue choir of angels singing). I’ll add my 2cents worth very soon!

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#14 posted 01-31-2013 02:18 AM

right on, thanx

-- steve/USA

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