|Forum topic by Dick, & Barb Cain||posted 08-15-2007 05:57 PM||11615 views||0 times favorited||42 replies|
08-15-2007 05:57 PM
I decided to post a review of my Rikon.
I just bought my machine back in March of 2007. Woodcraft had a weekend discount, plus free freight so I jumped at the deal. I saved $75, just on the freight.
I’ve had an old Taiwanese machine for many years, but I figured I owed myself a new saw, So I did a lot of research, & decided on the Rikon.
The saw comes with about the lousiest manual, for such a nice piece of machinery.
The pictures are very unclear.
I called Rikon right after I got the saw, & they said they were working on a new manual.
They’ve been kind of slow about it, because I haven’t seen a new edition yet.
I haven’t had a chance to use it much yet, but the times I’ve used it, have been very favorable, meaning Man, do I ever like it.
Heres some things I’ve found out about this machine so far.
After setting it up, the first thing that happened to me, was when I hit the start switch, nothing happened it blew out the circuit breaker. Now what? I tried a couple more times with the same results, so I called Rikon, he asked what size breaker I had. I told him 20 Amps. He told me to go to 30 Amps, because of the heavy starting load, even with the motor being rated less than 20 Amps. I change too 30 Amps, “problem solved”.
Since I made this review. I’ve had a chance to test it on some projects. & I’m very satisfied with it.
I recently re-sawed some 9” Maple, & it sliced it like butter, with no blade drift whatsoever.
I had a question about the blade guide setting, I didn’t think they were right, so I did some checking, & now I use the thickness of a dollar bill for blade clearance setting,
The heavy cast iron wheels run very smooth.
The windows for tension adjustment, & centering the blade are also good features.
There’s one thing I discovered with the dust collector port.
It has a steel baffle welded about 1/2” in front of the hole. It stops the air flow, & it did a poor job of sucking away the dust.
This is the dust port with the holes drilled in the baffle.
I have completely removed this baffle since this picture was taken, & now I’m much more satisfied. I’ve noticed in advertising their latest model, they’ve relocated the dust port. They must have gotten complaints about it from others.
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