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The Rikon 10-300 10" bandsaw looks like a good deal for someone on a budget
or just getting started. Anyone have any experience with one? Any
complaints? Cutting capacity is listed as 3 3/8", seems a shame they didn't
make it 3 1/2" (or is that an easy fix?).
On Thu, 23 Mar 2006 13:39:54 -0500, "John Partridge"
I don't have a Rikon, I had a 9" Ryobi that served me well for a
couple of years. I am sure the Rikon is better than mine, but about
the limit of hardwood that I could run through it was 1.5", and it
wasn't happy about that. It could do more than that in softwood. But
really it was happiest dealing with 3/4" and below, which was what 90%
of what I did with it was. If you anticipate regularly trying to cut
4x's with it, I would seriously think about getting a 14" saw. The
Ridgid at HD is probably the least expensive option.
A lot of people will say not to even bother with anything smaller than
14" regardless of what you think you need now. A smaller subset will
tell you don't even bother with a regular 14" saw, you need to plop
down $1500. My little $99 Ryobi cut an awful lot of wood over 2-3
years, and it's still in the shop next to the 14". If you're willing
to accept their limitations and work within them they'll do the job.
I don't have the Rikon either, but I do have a 10" bandsaw that has a
4" resaw capacity and claims 1/2HP. (It's actually a Ryobi, but I
don't really want to say that out loud on this NG...) Of course it's
not as nice or smooth or heavy as a "real" bandsaw, but I have never
had it stall, and I've used it to cut through about 140 linear feet of
2" thick white oak, plus a variety of other smaller operations. I
needed to hand plane off the saw marks, but the saw has definitely been
functional. With the tilting table set carefully, it cuts
miters/bevels better than anything else I have (handheld circ saw or
If I would have seen the 10" Rikon before I got mine, I probably would
have bought the Rikon - if nothing else, you save $50 and have good
blades pre-made to length available from Woodcraft. One thing I've
noticed is that there is a Craftsman (another bad word here most of the
time) 10" bandsaw that looks extremely similar to the Rikon, so you
might see which one's cheaper or available locally before you buy.
Craftsman also has a 12" that they claim has a 7" resaw capacity, and
Grizzly has 14" models starting at $325 (+shipping if they're not local
You might also check out ebay or local classifieds for used models.
I have a 10" Rikon and I find it a very useful, accurate and inexpensive
Bandsaw. It is more than adequate for about up to 4" thick hardwoods.
For starters ditch the blade that came with it.
The rollerguide system that came with the Rikon is top notch and worth the
cost of the whole Bandsaw.
It can be used just by replacing the blade with a quality blade and spend
some time aligning the table and guides.
When you get time, in the future, replace the metal tilt table with a
laminiate covered plywood table with a slot for a better quality sliding
square from your table saw or buy one.
: Did you modify it so you could do 4" thick material? I ask because Rikon
: says it's limited to 3 3/8". To be clear, can I turn a 2x4 into 2 1x4s?
A 2x4 is actually between 3 1/2 and 3 3/4 inches thick.
-- Andy barss
i was looking at one at woodcraft last week. Seems pretty nice for the money
when compared to the Delta shopmaster. If it meets your requirements size
wise then I would say its probably a good value for what it is.
I was not clear in my prior post, the Jet BS I purchased is a 14" saw.
Also, I think the 12" Delta saw that Lowes is selling costs less than $300.
In his video "Mastering Your Band Saw", Mark Duginske uses several saws
including a 9" Sears saw. Of course it will be limited in re-saw capacity.
I went through all of this back in early January; I bit the bullet as they
say and bought the Jet. I was looking for a certain fit and finish in a
price range (which I exceeded), but I'm satisfied with my decision. I
considered and would have purchased a Delta or a Grizzly if the
circumstances had led me to it. OBTW, I just deposited my $50 rebate check
from Jet. :-)
As someone on the rec said, "Buy a good tool and cry when you pay for it,
buy a cheap tool and cry every time you use it".
On Sat, 25 Mar 2006 15:36:02 +0000, Lowell Holmes wrote:
I cringe everytime I read that, too. It works on the assumption that a
person qualified to use a tool is not qualified to judge that tool by any
metric except the price tag.
I bought the HF 14" bandsaw when it went on sale for something under $200.
Since then I have put their roller guides on it (about $15), the extension
riser (about $50) and last week I added a good blade (Timberwolf 3/4" x
Testing the arrangement, I find that I can consistently cut <1/16" qswo
veneers with it. I'll be building a sled to let me resaw small logs next
Yeah, I'm cryin' all right. I've got under $300 in the whole shebang. I'm
cryin' all the way to the bank. My machine does everything I ask of it for
$700 less than a Rikon with the same capacity.
Here's my viewpoint:
Buy the tool you can afford. Learn to use it. Let it buy you the tool you
If I waited until I could afford the very best of each type of tool I
already own, I would still be waiting to begin.
I don't think HF requires any kind of departure from a base model, or
quality assurance from its suppliers.
Some distributors (claim to) only use factories that have a well-defined
process control, give their own minimum standard requirements to be used
by that factory, and follow up with technical support for the end user.
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