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Mike82352

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12-25-2014 04:11 PM

I have a new Rikon 14” bandsaw coming and I also ordered a couple wood slicer blades. My question is, when I do my setup…..should I use the blade that comes with the saw or do it with the better blade?
Thanks…....Mike

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Alex101

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#1 posted 12-25-2014 04:15 PM

Rarely are the blades that come with the bandsaw as good as others you can buy. The better blades are made by suppliers that will be shown on this site, as there is not point in me recommending anyone in the UK.

However, when setting up your bandsaw, take careful note of how this should be done based on the following video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGbZqWac0jU

Good luck

-- I like to keep busy - http://www.badgerwoodcrafters.co.uk

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#2 posted 12-25-2014 05:05 PM

You will have to set-up the saw anytime you switch a blade. Therefore go ahead and set it up if you plan to use the stock blade. It will make setup quicker when you install the new blade.

A little story: I removed my 1/2” blade and installed my 1/4” blade. I got a phone call and had to go take care of some business. The next day I went to cut out the headstock for a mandolin I’m building. I pushed the smaller blade off the wheel and ruined the entire carved mandolin neck because I never adjusted the guides. Live and learn.

-- Cypress Jake, New Orleans

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#3 posted 12-25-2014 05:40 PM

I have watched that video, very informative. I realize that I need to set my guides with each new blade. I guess I’m thinking that I would use the blade that came with the saw for a spare and setup the bandsaw with the better blade, that way I will know that should I have any issues, it probably won’t be a blade issue. Is this sound thinking? Or would it be better to start with the blade that comes with the saw??

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#4 posted 12-25-2014 10:16 PM

I tried out the blade tha came with my Rikon.
It was covered in cosmoline and made black cuts on the boards I was trying out. Once it was clean, it cut (just) ok.
I bought several different sized blades since and they work much better…

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#5 posted 12-25-2014 10:22 PM

It will probably come with a 3/4” blade, which is great for general use, but depending on what you intend using the saw for, you will certainly need a variation of blades down to 1/4”, which is more for tight turns and finer work. If you want to eventually go down to a 1/8” blade, then you will need to consider the Carter Stabilizer, which does away with top and botto guides an used a wheel bearing with a groove in it in which to blade sits. I have just bought one of these and the really tight turns are fantastic. Find the best blade maker around and get some on order.

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#6 posted 12-25-2014 10:24 PM

It will probably come with a 3/4” blade, which is great for general use, but depending on what you intend using the saw for, you will certainly need a variation of blades down to 1/4”, which is more for tight turns and finer work. If you want to eventually go down to a 1/8” blade, then you will need to consider the Carter Stabilizer, which does away with top and bottom guides and used a wheel bearing with a groove in it, in which to blade sits. I have just bought one of these and the really tight turns are fantastic. Find the best blade maker around and get some on order.

-- I like to keep busy - http://www.badgerwoodcrafters.co.uk

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#7 posted 12-25-2014 10:44 PM

Use the blade you will actually use. In other words, the blade that came with the saw is junk, and the ones you bought are quality. So set up with the better ones. And I agree with comments above, every blade demands a singular setup. Not really time consuming, but necessary for performance. Blade teeth just forward of the guide bearings, back bearing just a few thousandths off the back of the blade, coplanar adjustment putting the blade in the center of the wheels, etc.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#8 posted 12-26-2014 09:20 AM

Mike, don’t worry too much about co-planar of the wheels and very few bandsaws ever achieve this. More important to have the gullet of the blade in the centre of the top wheel, as shown on the video. If you follow that advise, you will get good results and if it takes you 10-20 mins to change the blades, as it takes me, just think of it as getting real accuracy of cuts.

Good luck

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#9 posted 12-26-2014 01:02 PM

I have the green version of the Rikon 10-325 14” BS.
I was able to get great results, using the Snodgrass setup video, linked to in a prior post.

Enjoy your new toy, err tool!!!

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#10 posted 12-26-2014 01:55 PM

I bought one and set up with stock blade I thought it was good until bought a wood slicer and found out want good really was. The wood slicer is a great blade

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#11 posted 12-26-2014 04:37 PM

Thanks for all the advice, I plan on following the video to do the setup. I can’t hardly wait for my band saw to get here. It should make life a lot easier when it comes to cutting turning blanks. This is my first nice band saw, I have had a sears 14” saw years ago and have a small bench top saw that is worthless. I sure hope the Rikon is as good as the reviews.

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#12 posted 12-26-2014 04:44 PM

I have had the same Rikon for several years now and it never fails me. The supplied blade was essentially worthless (I ended up cutting it into 6 – 8” lengths, then bending at 90 degree angles to use to support pieces when I apply finish) but rely on either Timberwolf or Carter blades for most applications. I also use a Woodslicer from Highland Woodworking for resawing and it works beautifully. Take the time to set up each time and you won’t be disappointed!

Good luck and have fun while being safe.

Ron

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

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#13 posted 12-31-2014 06:20 AM

Got my band saw today, took me 2-3 hours to get it setup and tuned with a wood slicer blade. All I can say is WOW….... Took a pine 4X4 and sliced some 1/2” boards…..cut like butter, nice striate cuts. Tried some 2” walnut, then some 3 1/2” Osage orange…....this thing really does a nice job. I got Rikon’s wheels with the trolley thing to move it around, not to impressed with them. The light sucks….. on the wrong side, like everyone has mentioned before. I think I’m really going to enjoy this purchase. The video link really helped with the tuning.
Thanks for all the advice…....Mike

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