Are riser blocks only made by the company that you bought the saw from and
for that paticular saw or are there other aftermarket sources to buy them
from later down the road?
If you thought you might want a riser block on a bandsaw and you could only
get it for that saw from the company it that made it, I guess you would be
better off getting it at the same time you bought the saw. Is my thinking on
this the concensus of the group?
When you buy the block is up to you, but you buy it from the company
that makes the saw. On the original Delta 14 inch saw, the riser
block system involves a long fastener bolt to hold the pieces together
but also a couple of small pegs with mating holes meant to ensure
precise alignment. I assume the various knock-offs of this saw sold by
others feature something similar. Whether Brand X riser block can go
on Brand Z's saw would depend on whether all the holes and pegs mate
correctly or not. Who knows? But really this is likely a moot point,
unless you have some old saw from a company now out of business and
have no choice but to search out a different supplier. First of all,
there's no such an animal as an "aftermarket" riser block in the true
sense of that term (different matter from aftermarket guides). Second,
even if the block itself does fit, there is the matter of the post
that holds the guides (again, different from guides themselves). Riser
blocks are sold as kits that come with a longer replacement post and
guard; look at the saw and you'll see why. Delta's post is round with
a channel to prevent it from twisting; the knock-offs I have seen have
varying systems that are not interchangeable.
Thanks for all the information, I hope to be able to buy one in the next
couple months, after a table saw purchase and having used a friend of mines
bandsaw which only would allow a 6" tall height to be cut makes me sure I
will order one with the riser kit. I did notice that there are a lot of
model numbers that the riser kits are not available from the manufacture of
the saw, so that was the reason for the question. I will have to make sure
which ever saw I buy will have that option available and order it at the
same time as the saw.
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