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cdaniels

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10-30-2014 01:01 AM

hey folks and folkettes. There’s a woodcraft sale on some rikon tools and I got a coupon to make them even cheaper, specifically the bandsaw and the new rikon midi lathe. I am looking at buying them but i’d like to know if I’m just throwing my money away and I should just wait and buy a grizzly bandsaw and a fancy lathe or are they good tools that will last a long time? preciate the advice

Ironsides

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying


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Jonkayak

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#1 posted 10-30-2014 01:21 AM

I have a Rikon 14” Resaw band saw and love it. The blade that came with it is not that great but once I put a Timberwolf blade on it it became a whole different machine. Certainly one of my favorite tools in the shop. It easily slices thought 8” slabs of red oak.

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jacquesr

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#2 posted 10-30-2014 03:12 AM

Bandsaw is great. Considering one.
May I ask where you got the coupon?
Tx

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DIYaholic

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#3 posted 10-30-2014 03:32 AM

Love my 10-325 BS!!!
Only “real” BS I have owned, so nothing to compare it to.
Woodworkers Journal does highly recommend it also.

I can not speak to their lathes….

-- 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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OldWrangler

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#4 posted 10-30-2014 03:51 AM

HEY GUYS, WAIT A MINUTE AND MAYBE I CAN BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY A LITTLE!!!!!

I decided to get one of the Rikons when Woodcraft sent me a flyer about the reduced price. I called my local store, they didn’t have any of this model and didn’t have any on order. So I went to Woodcraft online and everytime I ordered, the old price came up. Finally I called and was told to just order and they would straighten it out. Now there was a shipping charge and tax and the deal wasn’t looking as good. I went to the store to see what they had and the manager said the Jet 10” was a far better machine (all the bells and whistles). I was almost sold but I remember seeing HD had this saw online with free shipping to home or the local store. It was $395 compared to Woodcraft’s price of $376 BUT NOW HERE”S THE DEAL….LISTEN UP…... With HD they will not only match the price but they will beat it by 10%. Now there is a saving of $37. Now the Jet is $339 BUT I’M NOT FINISHED…...HD give veterans 10% discount on everything. Fortunately I still have copies of my discharge from the Confederate Army (too bad we lost to the Union Army, but that is beside the point). Now that is another $34 making the price $305. So for about $100 bucks more I can upgrade to the Jet which is a far better machine. And there is also a savings of another $6 in the difference in the sales tax and we are down to $299….... and here’s a laff, my store said they would assemble it FOR FREE. So I have ordered the Jet to be shipped to my local HD store where they will make all the discounts. However I just got a notice that they were sold out and the Jet would be put on back order. So I will make do with my wornout Rockwell for a month or maybe less and get a really good deal on the Jet. IS THAT SLICK OR WHAT? Whatcha think?

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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cdaniels

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#5 posted 10-30-2014 06:51 AM

i got the coupon in an email ad, and that is a heck of a deal wrangler, what size is the jet?

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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Oldwest

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#6 posted 10-30-2014 08:06 AM

I’ve had the Rikon 345 band saw, the 18” model and I love it.

I purchased it 3 years ago at a 30% discount and picked it
up at the Woodcraft store so there was no shipping.

Good luck but having Woodcraft or a local store handle any issues or returns
is always a bonus on bigger tools compared to a company like Grizzly where
your “On your own” if there is a problem.

-- Anyone who isn’t totally confused just doesn’t understand the situation.

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Ron Ford

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#7 posted 10-30-2014 10:16 AM

+1 on the 14” Rikon bandsaw. I have had mine for several years now and find it to be 100% reliable. I use both Timberwolf and Carter blades, and it easily cuts through stock 10 – 12” thick. It also resaws very well using the resaw blades sold by Highland Woodworking in Atlanta.

Ron

-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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jacquesr

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#8 posted 10-30-2014 11:21 AM

@oldwrangler…

You missed on something big…

Buy discounted HD gift cards…
http://www.cardpool.com/buy/home-depot-gift-cards

and save another 10%!!

But I have a question… did you place the order online or at an HD Store?

Thanks

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BinghamtonEd

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#9 posted 10-30-2014 12:39 PM

Whenever I have a big order for HD, I order online and pick up in the store. I put the items in my cart, then click for their online chat help. I explain that I have the 10% Lowes coupon, and ask if they will honor it. Usually they will. I’ve had mixed results at HD with it. They accepted it wen I bought my Weber. Usually when I do it online, they can’t apply the discount to my cart, but they can send me a gift card for the 10%. I just ordered a freezer 2 weeks ago, free delivery and 2 days later I had a $40 e-gift card in my e-mail.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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jacquesr

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#10 posted 10-30-2014 03:31 PM

@ BinghamtonEd

If you place your order over the phone, they will apply the 10% right away (my experience so far).
Tx

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HorizontalMike

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#11 posted 10-30-2014 03:52 PM

I ALSO have the Rikon 14” 10-325 Deluxe BS. Best blade I have found for resawing is a 3/4” TimberWolf 2-3TPI. This works much better than the TimberWolf 3-TPI only blade. BIG difference in clearing the cut of sawdust.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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OldWrangler

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#12 posted 10-31-2014 11:54 AM

The Jet BS is a 10” but it has roller guides (top and bottom), a quick release tension lever, a cast iron table extension, easy blade change-out. a better locking cast iron table to always be at 90 degrees to the blade and it comes with a 1/2 hp motor instead of a 1/3 hp. All the knobs are oversized which is great for my arthritic hands. Poly V drive all but eliminates any vibration in the saw and it has a flexible LED light. And finally, it has a rack and pinion guide adjustment with a big knob. I this this is a great idea. It comes with a special locking aluminum fence and a fairly decent miter guide. And lastly it has a dust blower. What a cool machine.
And I find dealing with my HD store is great. They have taken back or swapped out tools well over a year old. They are so big that the manufacturers who’s products they sell, back them so there is no loss to the store.
Horizontal Mike, you are right about the tooth count. The less the number of teeth per inch makes a lot of difference. On resaws I never use any blade over 3 teeth per. On the 1/4” blades the best I have found was an 8 teeth and it cut twice as fast as a 14 tooth.
I forgot about the gift card 10%. This Jet will keep getting cheaper until it is less than the Rikon on sale.
Guys, don’t miss out on buying this saw even if you don’t even need one. There is always room for one more tool and my wife is the first one to recognize a sale price on anything so there is no flack from her corner.
God bless Home Depot.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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SoonerMike

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#13 posted 10-31-2014 03:33 PM

All your responses helped me out too. I keep getting Woodcraft things in the mail, and I’ve always thought they were overpriced, but then again, I’m usually on a tight budget. Based on what you guys have said about Rikon, I will seriously consider it when I go buy a bandsaw.

-- I'm pretty sure this'll work.

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Redoak49

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#14 posted 10-31-2014 09:32 PM

I just bought the 10” Rikon Band saw as an addition to my Jet 16” Band saw. I am pretty please with it and the guides are all ball bearing and work well. I did not know what to expect but so far, I am happy.

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HorizontalMike

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#15 posted 11-02-2014 03:22 PM


I just bought the 10” Rikon Band saw as an addition to my Jet 16” Band saw. I am pretty please with it and the guides are all ball bearing and work well. I did not know what to expect but so far, I am happy.
- Redoak49

Boy! I have also been thinking doing the very same thing. I have my 14” Rikon setup for resawing with the 3/4” blade. It sure would be nice to add a 10” BS set up for fine curves and BS boxes and such! Hmm…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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