My "new" Rikon 14" Deluxe

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Forum topic by justahunter posted 01-05-2009 10:16 PM 1303 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-05-2009 10:16 PM

I was in the market for a band saw and thought I should be an “informed buyer”. So my quest was on. I used the internet to get educated on brands and models available. Looked on Craigs list and ebay, looked for refurbished units from CPO. Visited our local shops, Rockler and Woodcraft and home depot and Lowes. I was able to try a delta, jet, and rikon. After reading this site and many others regarding the 14” band saws, pros and cons. And as many reviews as I could get my hands on I finally decided to go with the Rikon. I weighed the on-line purchase with local and decided to call my Woodcraft store to see about availability. They informed me that they had 3 in stock @ $849 and that included shipping but I have to pay tax. Kind of a wash. Our store here in Denver is moving to a new location this month and they have some deals on stuff. Guess in some cases it’s cheaper to sell then have to move it. So I’m talking to the sales fella, Joe. We discussed the units they had Delta’s and Rikon. The only rikon they had on the floor assembled was the standard 14”. Then he remembered he had a 14 deluxe in the shop. So happened that one of the other guys was cutting on it so we watched for a while as I asked more questions. I had already made up my mind to buy the unit. We went up to the counter and while there the manager hands Joe a slip of paper with machines that they were selling out of their woodworking shop. At the top of the list was the Rikon I had just seen. Price $599. I went back and reviewed the unit, looked at it as carefully as I could with my limited knowledge, asked all the usual questions, any problems, how old etc. Here was his answer. The guides had just been replaced as had the blade. The motor was suspect as they had problems with the electrical in that quadrant of the shop. I decided to buy the unit anyway. The manager comes out and says he thinks they ordered a new motor, digs around a bit and comes up with the new motor still in the unopened shipping box. They gave me the new motor at no charge. I think I may have a good deal but not sure.

My question is this. What should I look at as potential wear problems. The unit is 3 years old.

The tires are good, all the gears, knobs, seem fine.

So is it as good a deal as I want to beleive it is?


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#1 posted 01-05-2009 10:48 PM

Nah.. I think you got robbed. But since I’m a nice guy, give me your address and I’ll come take it off your hands. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 01-05-2009 11:45 PM

You done good sir. That’s the kind of deal that I love to get. I bet that manager will help you out with any problems should they occur too. They already put new guides in it. If the tires are not dry rotted, you are good to go.

I own that saw, and it fits my needs quite well.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 01-06-2009 12:47 AM

Good deal, I think. I’ve got the same saw that I bought new at Woodcraft, and it’s a serious cutting machine! You’ll get a lot of really good use out of it (esp with a brand new motor). Make sure to buy a good blade with it, like a Timberwolf.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#4 posted 01-08-2009 12:45 AM

Charlie I’ll keep that in mind in case it doesn’t work out.

Steve the tires are “new last year” so I think I’m ok there.

Again based on what I read here, after making a few cuts and seeing the pile of sawdust in the lower box I removed the “safety” baffle completely. Now its pretty clean in there.

Steve, the unit came with a 1/4 6tooth timberwolf and I bought a 3/4 3 tooth for resaw.

Now all I need is a jointer. My old one is a handme down. Very old but was ok. It only has 5” blades. So I’ll start looking at the posts here to see what everybody thinks.

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#5 posted 01-08-2009 01:23 AM


How did you remove the baffel? I still have it in place. Some people have drilled holes in it. I guess a dremel could cut it out.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 01-08-2009 02:07 AM

You made a good decision. It is a great saw and with a Timberwolf resaw blade will do a good job for you. My old Grizzly can’t compete with this machine. Enjoy the good deal you got.

-- I started out with nothing, and still have most of it..... Ernest 1.

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#7 posted 01-08-2009 04:54 PM

Steve, the baffle on mine was spot welded in three places. One weld was on the top rear near the wheel the other two were on the front edge. I used a small 4” angle grinder to get most of the way through the top rear weld then a little nudge from a cold chisel and it was free. I then just bent the baffle back and forth until the two front welds fractured. Never had to grind them at all. Hope that helps.

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