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Forum topic by Dj1225 posted 02-28-2015 01:52 AM 1179 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dj1225

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02-28-2015 01:52 AM

Topic tags/keywords: rikon bandsaw minimax

Hi
I have been looking for a larger bandsaw that will allow me to resaw some wider stock. I have Looked at the Minimax MM16, which is around $3000.00. I own other Minimax equipment and enjoy using it. That being said 3000 is quite a bit of cash.

Today at my local woodworking store I saw the Rikon 10-346 “professional” 18 inch bandsaw. Seemed like a very nice saw, especially given the 4hp motor, foot brake ect. The fit and finish looked fine and at a sale price of $1610.00 it was virtually 1/2 the cost of the Minimax.

I also looked at a Laguna, which looked good and had a few cool features but was only a 14 inch 2 hp. I know they make a 16 inch Italian version but I believe it is only available from Laguna.

There are a lot of old reviews of Rikon bandsaws but I have seen very few recent reviews. I know Grizzly will pop up in conversation but I prefer to but something I can see.

So,if anyone has info on the Rikon 10-346, it would be appreciated.

Thanks
Dave

-- Dave


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toolie

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#1 posted 02-28-2015 11:38 PM

Sorry, no specific info on the 10-346, but my 10-340 is as much BS as I believe anyone could want. It’s a beast. One can only imagine how much more powerful the 10-346 would be. In addition to being great products, rikon is a very customer oriented company.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#2 posted 03-01-2015 02:45 PM

I have a Laguna 14” with a 2 hp motor and a 1” carbide blade. I haven’t found anything it would not saw.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#3 posted 03-01-2015 10:58 PM

I have a Rikon 10-345. It’s the same,18”, without the brake, I think. I like it, great saw. I wish it had the brake, but I live without it just fine….
I welded a dolly for it with 5” wheels, that brought the table up to a comfortable height for me. I made the dolly a little wider than the original base. I was worried about it tipping over pushing it around.
I can upload a photo if you want…

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

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#4 posted 03-24-2015 12:55 PM

Hi,
Thought I would update the bandsaw quest.
Bought the Rikon 10-346 with rolling kit for less than $2000. Could not be happier, had a squeaky belt, but one call to tech support and new belt was on its way.

Stock blade is not too good, but other than that so far a great upgrade from my 14 Rikon.

-- Dave

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#5 posted 03-24-2015 01:48 PM

Congratulations!
Yep, the blade that comes with it is rough. Greasy too.
It’s cool Rikon customer service helped with the belt…

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

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#6 posted 03-24-2015 03:14 PM

If you resaw get a blade just for that. I found that a 3 TP! worked great. push wood through slowly so as not to heat it up and you will get very nice boards!

-- Smile, it makes people wander what you are up to.

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