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Forum topic by OldWrangler posted 10-20-2014 09:52 PM 2826 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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OldWrangler

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10-20-2014 09:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question on band saw

OK guys, I gotta come to you one more timed for advice. Woodcradft has this saw, The Rikon 10” on sale for $200. I am currently struggling to do things on my Rockwell 14 and I am wondering who has some experience with this saw. The price is right in my ballpark and I know I can’t expect to do things with this that I could do with my 14”. The reviews are very favorable and specs are not bad. I could always designate the 14” for re sawing with wide blades and then do band saw boxes with this one.

So whatcha think? I used to be a pretty decent craftsman and usually had medium quality tools. Now my skills are a challenge to muster and some of my old tools need constant tweeking The band saw is mostly the one I have trouble with. I have added new roller and thrustbearings, bought a Carter Stabilizer, urethane tires, dust brushes on the tires and a new upper wheel bearing. That all has helped but it is still a worn out machine and difficult to change blades and make it track accurately.

So, where do I go from here? I can’t see spending $800 or $1.000 for a really good machine. I’m 77y/o and anything could happen that I might have to give up working, who knows? Give me some of that always great LJ advice.

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JoeBrent

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#1 posted 10-20-2014 09:57 PM

I jumped on that deal last week and really like the saw. It’s my first BS but it should do what I need for a long time. The ONLY trouble I’ve had so far is getting the 1/8” blade to stay on the tracks. I can get the 3/8” blade that comes with it to do just fine…could be my inexperience with BS’s, but I read online today that this can be a pretty common problem. I think for the price its a great little BS

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Ross

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#2 posted 10-20-2014 10:40 PM

Maybe try a 1/4” blade 6 tpi and stone the back side of the blade. That makes for tighter turns when sawing.

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Redoak49

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#3 posted 10-21-2014 10:38 AM

I am picking up one today at Woodcraft. The reviews are pretty reasonable on it. It is a 10” band saw with a small motor so one can not expect it to do too much. I have a 16” band saw and wanted one to do some smaller stuff such as making toys for grand kids.

You could read the reviews on Amazon about it and get some more opinions. I have heard that it is difficult to get the 1/8” blade to work properly especially with the guides.

The same band saw is sold by Sears with a different paint job on it.

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SamBev

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#4 posted 10-21-2014 01:20 PM

This thread is very timely. I’ve been considering this saw since the sale started and I think I may just grab one today. I’d love a bigger, better, badder saw but the size and price fit for me.

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OldWrangler

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#5 posted 10-21-2014 01:50 PM

Well, thanks Guys but I called the local woodcraft store and they have been sold out since the sale started and they don’t even have any in stock or on order. Guess I’ll see if it can be ordered online. I’m afraid this will cost an arm and a leg for shipping. I’m gonna check but I have decided that this will be OK. I may change out the motor for a bigger one I already have. Don’t you just hate a sale when they have none in stock. If I didn’t have any, I’d price them at $49.95.
Hell-of-a-deal!

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weldoman

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#6 posted 10-21-2014 02:01 PM

I picked-up the craftsman clone 10” saw for $100 new in box on CL. Locally there are 2 more on CL in that price range. Might be worth checkin out on your local CL.

-- missouri, dave

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Targa

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#7 posted 10-21-2014 02:07 PM

I bought the Craftsman version (model 21400) which is pretty much the identical saw other than color for $179. It was on sale for $189.00 and if you use a sears credit card you get an additional 5% off which brought the price to $179. The craftsman version also comes with a miter gauge, albeit a bit chintzy.

I think the saw is well made and works very good. It’s a good value in my opinion.

-- Dom

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SamBev

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#8 posted 10-21-2014 02:26 PM

Too funny OldWrangler. I called my local Woodcraft and was told the last one was sold yesterday but they expect several more within the next couple days. Don’t want to miss out on the sale price so I placed the order with them and will grab one when they come in. Not only that, they’re having a huge sale this weekend everything 10% to 50% off so you know I will be there to see what other goodies I can snag.

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#9 posted 10-22-2014 05:33 PM

Funny thing, I got a call yesterday from Woodcraft saying the saw got there with the afternoon shipment so I was able to score mine. Hope it works out for your too Wrangler.

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Fishinbo

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#10 posted 10-22-2014 08:30 PM

Watch the Alex Snodgrass video and use 1/8, 1/4” or 3/16” band saw blade for effective curve cutting.

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OldWrangler

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#11 posted 10-25-2014 03:10 PM

Now I have looked at the Rikon 10” and seen the reviews I have decided to move up a notch. I am now looking at the HD price on the Steel City 10” 2 speed for $365. With my veteran discount of 10%, that knocks off $36 and shipping is free to the store. Whatcha think? Anybody got one of these, let me knoew. The video on Youtube makes set up simple and looks like a good machine.

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Redoak49

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#12 posted 10-25-2014 03:36 PM

It is all very interesting as the Steel City, Masterforce and Jet 10” Bandsaws all look alike except for the color of the paint.

I recently went through the sorting of these bandsaws. The Rikon 10” that I bought was the same as the Craftsman 10” except for the paint. I think that both the Steel City Version and the Rikon version are both pretty good machines. I decided to get the Rikon as it was on sale at Woodcraft for $189. It does have only a 1/3 hp motor instead of the 1/2 hp on the Steel City. For me, I have a 16” Jet Band Saw and use it for resawing and heavier cutting so I did not need the higher hp on the 10” bandsaw.

If you live in the part of the country where there are Menards stores, you might want to take a look at the Masterforce version as it shows it costs $229.

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jacquesr

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#13 posted 10-25-2014 03:46 PM

Old Wrangler – you can save 10% by buying discounted gift cards.
https://www.raise.com/buy-home-depot-gift-cards

I usually get them at 10%. may sites offer them.
HD will also price match if you find a better price

I will soon buy the 50114 at HD, price matched with Woodcraft

Good luck

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OldWrangler

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#14 posted 10-25-2014 05:31 PM

No Menards down here but maybe I can find this BS online. I’ll look. Thanks

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#15 posted 10-27-2014 08:39 PM

I’ve heard that Grizzly offers free shipping to some selected band saws.Not sure though if that promo is still running.

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