After flapping my lips for several months about the Rikon 18" bandsaw, I finally
put my money where my mouth is and bought one today. Woodcraft has them for
$899 right now. I worked a deal with one of the guys there to bring it to me
and help put it together... actually he's gonna put it together and *I'm*
help. I'd rather pay him than take a chance on screwing something up (which I
have an unnatural ability to do).
Now I need to call an electrician; the beast requires 220 service. I will say
this: looking at the saw up close is a lot more impressive than the pictures
I've seen. It appears to be well made but I guess time will tell. Now I just
have to hope the company doesn't go belly up just because I bought one of its
products (I'm thinking of my old Lightcom modem...). I also have to extend the
piping on my dust collector to accept two more 4" hoses.
BTW: Woodcraft is having a one day 10% sale on everything except Festool
products on Thursday, February 24th. At least the Matthews, NC store is....
Mortimer Schnerd, RN
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