I have been messing around with my new bandsaw (Rikon 10-345) and fine
tuning the guides and the heavy vibration that I had initially is gone.
Just a gentle hum now. My thrust bearings were set to far forward and they
were trying to push the blade forward as it ran and caused it to vibrate
like a mo fo.
This is an awesome machine. I was a little discouraged when I read people
knocking this saw, but I think it does great job.
The top wheel does have a little flex in it when you grab it at 3 and 9
o'clock, but I don't see it effecting the blade at all. I first heard about
this grab at 3 and 9 o'clock from the Laguna video I ordered when I was
considering there saw. Mr. Laguna states in the DVD that you should not buy
a band saw if the upper wheel wiggles when grabbed at 3 and 9 o'clock. I am
convinced now that this is nothing short of a marketing gimmick.
I bought and installed a 1/4" Timberwolf blade from Woodcraft tonight and so
far it performs excellent.
Stoutman wrote: snip<Mr. Laguna states in the DVD that you should not
a band saw if the upper wheel wiggles when grabbed at 3 and 9 o'clock.
convinced now that this is nothing short of a marketing gimmick. >snip
Hmm, You may be right. I wonder if Laguna was trying to use gyroscopic
precession as a possible caveat. Tom
My point is that "gyroscopic precision" can be above and beyond what is
required for the machine to run properly.
It's like putting a 5hp motor on a bandsaw and stating "Don't consider
buying a bandsaw unless it has a 5 hp motor".
A 5hp motor isn't necessary and neither is "gyroscopic precision".
Mr. Laguna states in the DVD that you should not buy
In defense of the top wheel rocking left and right, mine rocked left and
right when the saw was running ultimately causing the blade to move forward
and backwards. I really do not think it is a marketing ploy that is
unfounded. Timberwolf advised me that the wheel should not rock and they
"the rep" was somewhat amazed that a new saw including the 18" Delta would
do this. It was after this that I learned that Laguna and MiniMax both also
recommend a top wheel that does not rock back and forth. Strangely MiniMax
indicates that you really do not need to use guides on a good saw.
That said, IMHO this is probably only a problem if your blade walks around
front to back in the guides.
Good luck with the saw.
Seems like an awful lot of machine for such a small blade..... :-)
I've got a 1" TW on mine with a slight vibration. I think this is more to
do with the blade than the saw since everything on the saw seems to be
When you do put on a bigger blade let us know how it runs/performs.
Glad you figured it out. Thanks for the update.. By the way, I hope you
didn't take my posts as crapping on the Rikon. I'm happy with it. I
think it's an excellent value. I could justify buying it for occasional
hobby use, but I couldn't justify a Laguana, even though I'm sure
Laguana is a dream saw.
I just wanted to post some of the down sides of the Rikon in my review,
because before I purchased one, I found nothing but glowing reports on
it in this group. I just wanted to present some of the trade offs.
I think it's a good saw. The fence sucks, but it's a good saw. Totally
awesome for cutting bowl blanks, which is what I use it for 90% of the
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