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Forum topic by Baremeg55 posted 03-15-2014 03:28 PM 2803 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-15-2014 03:28 PM

I took the plunge earlier this week to buy the new Rikon 10-351 band saw. First time I’ve purchased a major woodworking tool before any reviews have been published!!!!

The new Rikon has a 3HP Baldor motor, micro switches that won’t allow the band saw to start if either door is open, or if the blade tensioner is not on, and a few other new features. Overall, looks very similar to the Laguna. I couldn’t justify going with the Laguna based on all of the negative customer service issues people have had with Laguna these past few years. Woodcraft offered free delivery to the house, so, pleased with that service offered.

My question to LJ is what brand and type of blade should I buy? I will be mostly doing resawing with this bandsaw (keeping my Jet 14” tweaked out with goodies for small blade applications). Also, best online or brick and mortar stores to buy blades for the Rikon?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions offered.


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#1 posted 03-15-2014 03:49 PM

I get mine from Spectum Supply, near as I can tell it is the same as my Woodslicer. Its a Lenox blade and half the cost.

I have the Rikon 10-325

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#2 posted 03-15-2014 07:22 PM

Knots – Thanks!

Anyone else have a recommendation?

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#3 posted 03-15-2014 08:46 PM

I plan to pull the trigger on a 10-325 soon so I’ll be keeping an eye on this thread.

I’ve purchased “bi-metal” blades for my metal cutting band saw in the past. Wonder if anyone makes a bi-metal blade for wood. Seems like bi-metal would stay sharp for quite a while if used for wood cutting?

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#4 posted 03-15-2014 09:31 PM

I don’t have that saw but I buy most of my blades at Woodcraft because we have a store right here in town. The blades I get are usually Carter or Olson. I tend to favor Carter because they are bi-metal. Not sure if the Olson blades I get there are or not. We also have Carter manufactruing right here in Grand Rapids, MI where I live so I sometimes pick up my Carter blades there.


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#5 posted 03-16-2014 01:10 AM

I have had very good luck with Timberwolf blades. Call and tell them what you want the blade to do and they will recommend the best blade for your application. I have had NO bad advice from them.

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#6 posted 03-16-2014 03:22 AM

I have the Woodslicer blade for re-sawing on my 10-325. I bought the blade from Highland Woodworking along with a smaller blade. No complaints here.

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#7 posted 03-16-2014 03:28 AM

Skip the t- wolf blades. That new BS is too nice for mediocre blades. Wood slicer is well regarded but I got yo iturra design. He’ s forgotten more about BSs andBS related items than most of us will ever know. Great Lennox blades and a wealth of knowledge fro. Lou. Great guy, great product sand usuall great advice.

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#8 posted 03-16-2014 06:07 AM

Sandra – thanks, I was wondering about the Woodslicer and Highland Woodworking. I’ve already found several items on their website I want…... :) I confirmed with my better half last night that I went ahead with the Rikon purchase. So far today, it’s cost me a nice wine refrigerator, a new doggie door (and installed this PM), and repaired her vacuum cleaner…. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow may hold!!! :)

Toolie – thanks. I’ve downloaded Lou’s catalog and will give it a read. I have already looked at the Lennox blades, figured I would get one after I get familiar with this new BS.

Gfadvm and Charlie – thank you both. I’m familiar and have some of the Timberwolf blades for my Jet 14” BS. No complaints with these blades…

bbc557ci – good luck with the 10-325!!! My 10-351 is on a truck somewhere between Massachusetts and Texas. Looking forward to receiving it and seeing it with my own eyes. Rikon has some great reviews, customer service is reported to be outstanding, and a loyal fan base. I’m looking forward to using this saw!!!


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#9 posted 03-16-2014 06:30 AM

t wolf blades are not mediocre and neither are viking I suggest you buy a few of all different brands and you decide which works best and let us know what you find out. I have tested the top 10 brands for re sawing they all have their strengths and weaknesses one thing to remember some of them are high tension and some are low getting the tension right is vital to performance after dropping over a grand for a saw a few top blades are just the right thing to try you will find one that you will like best I liked the Viking and the woodslicer best on my jwbs14sf but liked the t wolf better on a smaller jwbs14 the saw just cut best with that blade.

ps there are so many ads on this site it looks like a whore house none of the ads are woodworking related how lame

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