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Andre

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12-03-2014 12:30 AM

Just ordered a Rikon 10-305 Band Saw and was wondering if anyone had one and what there thoughts were on it? I have a 14” Delta which I am trying to upgrade, getting tired of switching blades every time the resaw blade is just a bit thick to cut curves with. End plan is to get the Grizzly 17” 513 series and keep the Rikon for the small curvy stuff, will it cut through 3” or 4 ” Maple for a band saw box? Or should I just keep the Delta with a 1/4” blade on it?

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StillTooShort

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#1 posted 12-04-2014 05:28 AM

I just ordered the craftsman 21400, which is apparently identical except for the paint job and the warranty. :) Definitely interested in seeing how this thing cuts with the 1/4” 6 tpi Olson I ordered for it – but really anyone out there who has done upgrades or sorted out a decent miter solution, please chime in. :)

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#2 posted 12-04-2014 06:26 AM

There are some older post but nothing really stating the ability of the machine. Finding blades a problem around here ended up ordering a couple of 1/4 and 3/16 of Amazon. I got the Rikon for $279 Can. what’s the craftsman going for? Oh ya, welcome to Lumber Jocks, usually a lot more helpful!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 12-04-2014 01:09 PM

I purchased the Rikon 10-305 not very long ago when Woodcraft had them on sale for about $189 and they sold a bunch of them. I really like it for cutting small stuff and it can do resaw on smaller boards. So far, I have no complaints with the saw. I have a larger 16” band saw for doing large resaw and heavier cutting.

The blades are not too easy to find but very easy to purchase online from a number of sources. I ended up buying a couple of Olson blades and also Timber wolf blades. I have found that I like the Timber wolf blades much better than the Olson.

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#4 posted 12-04-2014 09:09 PM



There are some older post but nothing really stating the ability of the machine. Finding blades a problem around here ended up ordering a couple of 1/4 and 3/16 of Amazon. I got the Rikon for $279 Can. what s the craftsman going for? Oh ya, welcome to Lumber Jocks, usually a lot more helpful!

- rad457

Thanks! I’ve lurked quite a bit, but decided I should make an account. I paid $184 US for the Craftsman ($169.99 + Texas tax). I saw a lot of complaints about the 5/8” slot, but it just so happens I saved an old miter gauge from a terribly unsafe $99 table saw I had a decade or so ago. hope it works out!

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#5 posted 12-04-2014 09:22 PM

There is usually a reason for the craftsman being cheaper. I look at the 14” rikon look alike and it is made cheaper. The smaller bandsaw might be made cheaper as well.

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#6 posted 12-04-2014 09:30 PM

Can’t comment on the 10 incher but I do have the Rikon 14 and like it allot. There was some vibration at first, but after a little tweaking and some run time the vibes are all but gone. When not in use I take the tension off the blade so as not to “flatten” one side of the tires. For the $$ I think the quality of the Rikon is pretty good. I’ve been pondering about getting a 10-305 for the smaller/finer cuts, so I don’t have to change blades. If the 10 is anything like the 14 it should be a good saw.

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#7 posted 12-05-2014 03:39 AM



There is usually a reason for the craftsman being cheaper. I look at the 14” rikon look alike and it is made cheaper. The smaller bandsaw might be made cheaper as well.

- Woodmaster1

Perhaps… I did a walk-around of both (The Rikon at Woodcraft and the Craftsman at Sears) and other than the paint job and the knobs, it was hard to distinguish a difference. I was advised by someone I would consider an expert that the Rikon was a best buy, and based on the amount of cash on hand, my thinking was that the very similar Craftsman was a good buy for me.

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Andre

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#8 posted 12-05-2014 04:03 AM

The Sears up here have next to nothing for tools, same as Home Depot bare minimum as compared to across the border. Even the Canadian Woodworker here has very few tools on display, still waiting to see the 10-325 set up on Display? I was in awe when I went down to Bellingham to pick up some goodies from Grizzly. As far as the miter gauge, don’t think I have ever used one on a Band saw, Rip Fence, Resaw Fence and freehand!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#9 posted 12-05-2014 04:19 AM

I have the Rikon 10-305, it is a good saw for the money. I got my blades from Highland Woodworking. If you have problems with the blade staying on, as I did there is some good help online, if you google that saw. I also have 2 of the Rikon 10-325 saws. One for re saw and one for scrolling. They have been great saws, and no changing blades.

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