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Forum topic by JerryinCreek posted 02-17-2014 09:35 PM 939 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JerryinCreek

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02-17-2014 09:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

Before purchasing my new Rikon 10-325 Bandsaw I looked at the work light and thought, “how weird, it’s opposite of where it should be!” Now that I have the unit up and running I have had an opportunity to see how I can rectify the situation.

I pulled the power switch to inspect the construction. It sure looks to me that I can remove the light from it’s current location, re-mount it above the switch through a new hole and just re-wire it.

Just wanted to know if anyone else has attempted this fix and if they are happy with their result?

(Yes, I understand the warranty implications)

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."


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#1 posted 02-18-2014 01:37 AM

I’ve thought about it….
Maybe in four years, I’ll get around to it….

-- 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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#2 posted 02-18-2014 02:02 AM

Jerry, I moved the light on both of mine.

On one saw I have the Carter easy adjust bearing guides, with a 1/2” resaw blade. On the other saw I have the single guide bearing, also Carter, with narrow blade for scrolling. Both are great additions. I also added a Y in 4” DC hose and put a 2 1/2” collector hose right under table at blade opening. Also on these saws I removed the metal plate on inside of lower housing over 4” dust hose connector. I have had one saw 4 years, and one 2 years. Great saws. Hope this helps.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 02-18-2014 03:06 PM

Thanks Bob! Appreciate the photos too. Hard to understand how somebody at Rikon thought putting a headlight on the back of the car was a good idea! I assume the clamp is only hanging on the light because it was a handy place to store it? That’s where I plan to mount my lamp, wondering how you got a wrench up that high through the switch hole, or did you drill an additional hole on the other side? I do plan to get the Carter bearings. Just waiting for the woodworking show in Milwaukee in March – give me somethinng to look forward to buying. I like the Y adaptor for extra dust collection. Do you really notice a difference removing that steel plate over the 4” opening? I thought maybe it was a baffle to actually increase the velocity or re-direct the airflow, kinda like the adjustable vent under my router table??

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#4 posted 02-18-2014 03:36 PM

Jerry, I modified the light on my Rikon BS also. I modified my light by adding a box higher up on the back side which then allowed me to move the flexible tubing to position the light on the front of the blade. Similar to another Lumberjock post. http://lumberjocks.com/topics/2686 I did not remove the steel plate over the 4” dust port. I connect my 4” dust collector hose directly to the port and have no issue removing the saw dust.

-- Julian

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#5 posted 02-18-2014 03:54 PM

Julian, thanks for that! Another way to skin the cat. I hadn’t thought to go that route – lots of ingenuity out there!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#6 posted 02-18-2014 06:57 PM

Jerry, I taped a couple of wrenches together, to hold the looking nut inside, clipped the light wires, and turned light to remove it. Would be a good idea to tie a string on wrenches. Then you could remount light on the front, or use a surface mount box or redrill a hole. I think the metal flange on inside of lower wheel cabinet has been improved since my first purchase, I am not sure.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#7 posted 02-18-2014 08:51 PM

I see another possibility – as the allen wrench holder is directly across from the new lamp position, you could take the allen wrench holder off, drill a hole to use as an access for the locking nut, then cover the hole again with the allen wrench holder. Just a thought. Thanks for your time and information!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#8 posted 03-04-2014 08:33 PM

I used Bob’s approach and the results are great – still can’t understand why Rikon would mount it on the other side (OSHA?). I am using an LED bulb with 800 Lumens and it’s got a plastic outer shell! Thanks for all the help!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#9 posted 03-05-2014 01:57 AM

Jerry:

I know this a Little Bitty Ryobi Band Saw compared to Yours. I’m a Hobby Woodworker and this Little Thing Works GREAT For Me. 9 Years now and NO Complaints!

I couldn’t Understand why the Lamp had to have a Separate Plug In From The Saw Plug In (2 Outlets Required)

So I attached the Light Plug In, Directly to The Hot Side of the Main Power Switch. Sealed it with some Silicone after it was all done. The Light’s ON/OFF Switch can still be used if desired.

I use a small Floodlight now and a Rare Earth Magnet to hold the 2 Allen Keys.

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Rick

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#10 posted 03-05-2014 03:49 AM

So the 10-325 is blue now?
I have a strong/obsessive affinity with the color blue…

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

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#11 posted 03-05-2014 04:18 PM

Rick -
I really like your solution to the two cord situation (which I have read is something OSHA came up with). Think I will have to re-wire mine now! Thanks!

Yes, I believe all the Rikon will be blue. My previous (now for sale) bandsaw (see below) was from a big box store with their brand name on it. When I looked at the construction, it seemed to match Rikon. In fact, it was the same Rikon green color. My guess is that Rikon will use the blue for their name brand products and keep the green for aftermarket.

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#12 posted 03-05-2014 11:47 PM

Jerry: You’re certainly welcome. Don’t know who OSHA is, but it doesn’t matter.

I remember unpacking this saw and the Light was in a separate type of Packaging. Also made “elsewhere”. They probably “Farm” this type of “Accessory” out to end up with the best Price possible.

Rick

-- How long is a Minute? That depends on which side of the Bathroom Door You're On!

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#13 posted 03-06-2014 01:25 PM

I went to HF and bought a 24.00 lamp with a magnet on it made for a band saw. Plug it into a auto switch so the light goes on when your turn the band saw on. It works great and I can move it to my sanding station or sandblasting cabinet for more light if needed.

OSHA – Occupational Safety & Health Administration.

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.

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#14 posted 03-06-2014 02:28 PM

Rick-
I followed your lead, I now have one power cord for the bandsaw AND the light.

Thanks Mark!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#15 posted 03-06-2014 09:30 PM

The light being on a separate wire makes sense knowing that the saw can be wired for 220V, which is what I did with mine…

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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