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Sandra

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70 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw rikon

While overall, I’m quite happy with my Rikon 10-325, it has certainly pushed me past my comfort zone as far as mechanical ‘tinkering’ goes.

When I was first trying to re-saw, I thought my saw was bogging down, but one of the issues was that the belt was slipping off. By the time I figured that out, the belt had been damaged. I put it back on, and went back to work. It’s now much worse, and it ‘walks’ off the lower pulley rather quickly. Today’s shop time was a wash as far as the bandsaw was concerned.

The blade tracks well on the upper wheel, but is too far forward toward the door on the lower wheel. So after reading the manual and looking online, it appears that I need to

1- replace the damaged belt – am I right in saying that I can’t use a link belt?
2- Adjust the lower wheel

Any recommendations for replacement belt? And how much trouble can I get myself into adjusting the lower wheel.
I’m nervous about damaging the saw.

Thanks for any pointers.

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


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lightcs1776

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#1 posted 70 days ago

Personally, I’d call Rikon to inquire about using a link belt. They should be able to give you the best answer.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 70 days ago

So it’s a flat belt, not a v-belt? The link belt would replace a v-belt…...

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,001 ways that won't work.

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boxcarmarty

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#3 posted 70 days ago

Sandra, Check the alignment of your pulleys, the motor pulley in particular. Make sure the key has not slipped and your pulley is walking causing it to throw your belt…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#4 posted 70 days ago

Pictures?? you know the rules…...

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,001 ways that won't work.

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#5 posted 70 days ago

Okay, going to get some pictures. Stand by.

You’ll all have to talk very…. slowly….. while you guys were taking apart ‘trannies’ I was learning to sew…

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

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 70 days ago

Sandra,
Bummer on the problems.
As far as the belt….
NO, you can’t use a link belt. You can only use a “Multyi-Vee” belt.
Whether those are available from a secondary supplier, I do not know.
I doubt that it is a proprietary belt design/length, but one never knows.

I haven’t played with adjusting the lower wheel, so no advice except….
If you do make adjustments, of course read the manual & search the internet for guidance, then….
1) make very minor adjustments, I mean miniscule (1/8 turn of nut at a time, check outcome)....
2) Only ONE adjustment at a time….
3) Make a record of what adjustments you will do, before you do them!!! This way you won’t forget, and will be able to “undo”, if needed.

Good luck!
Wish I could be of more help…..

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

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#7 posted 70 days ago

Jeff, I think we’re too late. Randy broke it…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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Dave

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#8 posted 70 days ago

This one I know zilch about.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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JL7

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#9 posted 70 days ago

And Sandra is talking about trannies…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,001 ways that won't work.

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Sandra

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#10 posted 70 days ago

1st picture – lower wheel – blade tracking too far forward

2nd pic – upper wheel, blade gullets in center

3rd picture – pulleys on lower wheel

4th picture – damaged belt

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

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#11 posted 70 days ago

Thanks Randy – I was hoping you’d chime in as a fellow Rikon owner. Good to know about the link belt. I found the Rikon instructions about adjustment, I just hope there’s nothing else I’m missing that I should do first.

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

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Mark E.

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#12 posted 70 days ago

Don’t have the 10-325, but I do have the smaller 10-305, 10”.

I had to adjust the bottom (drive) wheel on mine after installing the Carter Stabilizer. The adjustments are very straightforward and pretty simple. Take your time and adjust in small increments and you will be just fine.

Here is a pdf from Rikon that walks you through the process.

-- Mark

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#13 posted 70 days ago

Cool….you got some good answers…..Good luck!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,001 ways that won't work.

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#14 posted 70 days ago

Thanks folks. It’s on the to-do list for tomorrow. Will let you know.

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

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Mark E.

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#15 posted 70 days ago

What am I looking at in your 4th picture?

Is that belt inside out?

-- Mark

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