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Forum topic by NinjaAssassin posted 03-26-2015 04:39 PM 1448 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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NinjaAssassin

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03-26-2015 04:39 PM

I just bought a 10-325 and am looking around for a mobile base. I saw that Rikon makes a mobility kit for this saw (http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/rikon-bandsaw-mobility-kit.aspx) but it must be fairly new as I haven’t found any reviews of it yet.

Has anyone used this?

-- - Billy


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JAY Made

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#1 posted 03-26-2015 04:53 PM

I have this mobile base, it’s ok the only thing I don’t like is in order to move the saw you need to grab the tow bar ( I haven’t found a good place to store the tow bar yet). If I had to do it again I would have gotten the Shop Fox mobile base, it’s cheaper and does not require a separate tow bar to move it.

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#2 posted 03-26-2015 04:55 PM

When I bought my Rikon years ago, I also got the mobile base assy shown in the pic below:

I can’t remember the brand but it should be easy to find one like it, it works like a champ and was cheaper than the one in your link.
Good luck with whichever one you choose.

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#3 posted 03-26-2015 05:11 PM

Hey Ninja, as you know I’m in the same boat as you, and I went to my local Woodcraft yesterday and chatted with a couple guys who work there who also personally own the 10-325. The one they have on the display model (and use for demos) is on this base:

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/152711/WoodRiver-Universal-Mobile-Base-Hardware-Kit.aspx

It’s also what those 2 guys use for theirs at home. I think that’s the one in Pat3’s post too. When I looked at the pictures on the site, it looked pretty flimsy but when I saw it, it’s actually beefier than I thought. I played around with it a bit and was happy with how sturdy it felt. Other reviewers here had mixed feelings about the HTC 2000 that Woodcraft currently has on sale, so I went ahead and bought the Woodriver one.

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#4 posted 03-26-2015 06:22 PM

Jay, that bit of insight about the tow bar was really helpful.

Pat, nerdbot, that’s the one that Rikon recommends on their FAQ for the 10-325 (I guess it hasn’t been updated since they came out with their own mobility kit). I think that’ll be the one I go with.

Thanks for your responses.

-- - Billy

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greenacres2

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#5 posted 03-26-2015 06:35 PM

I bought an older Laguna last fall with their mobility kit—uses a similar tow bar. I agree that it does not store well, and add that the narrow center always feels a little “tippy” to me. I’m tinkering with the idea of spreading the wheels (threaded rod for an axle?), that would give a limited turning radius but i could wiggle it where it needs to go easily enough.

One positive on the tow bar—i notice that i do not use the table (and indirectly the trunions) as a towing handle like i do on my 14” clone. Shouldn’t be a problem to use them but a few manuals i recall reading suggested not using them as a handle.
earl

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#6 posted 03-26-2015 07:11 PM

I use this mobile base with my 10-325 and really love it:

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200483216_200483216

That particular one is no longer available, but I don’t see why a similar style of mobile base wouldn’t work. Make sure that it’s one of the ones that’s infinitely adjustable though (with clamps on the rails as opposed to having to line up with holes / bolts). Having that option allowed me to bolt the bandsaw right to the base.

The Rikon base seems like a good idea, but the first thing that jumped out at me is where do you store the tow bar? seems needlessly bulky if you ask me, especially when the standard tool bases should work just fine.

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#7 posted 03-26-2015 07:20 PM

$40 at HF…

Cheers,
Brad

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#8 posted 03-26-2015 07:44 PM

Another option:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00002262M/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

That’s what mine is on. I’d not be able to use that Rikon Mobility kit well in my shop.

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toolie

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#9 posted 03-28-2015 10:09 AM

Without a doubt, pat3’s is the best mobile base of all shown. I’ve owned the Amazon and HF style units and they aren’t nearly as solid as the one with the full plywood base from woodcraft.

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