|Forum topic by justahunter||posted 01-05-2009 10:16 PM||1087 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
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?