Nifty Rikon 10 inch bandsaw on sale
There have been a couple of strings lately on having a small bandsaw for quick shop use, and for making very complex or curvey cuts. I have the 10 inch Rikon for this purpose and paid $289 at Woodcraft for it. Well, got a flyer to day that the saw is on sale for only $219. I really like this light duty saw, which uses up to half an inch blade. It will handle down to a 1/8th blade, has ballbearing guides (like Carter guides) and you can even purchase the Carter RIK1 blade stabilizer that allows for very small radius cuts. This is a really nice small saw for a very good price.
There are a number of nice features, including roller guides below the table, a single but oversized trunion. The split in the table is on the front edge of the table, which makes blade changes easier, but requires removal of the fence support bar. But resetting the bar is pretty easy.
I keep my large bandsaw in the garage for resawing and keep this saw in my shop for cutoffs and other typical uses. Splurge for better quality blades on the saw and you'll get outstanding results. The blades are 70 1/2 inches long. Tensioning blades on this saw is really easy, and Rikon's customer service for a damaged tensioning knob was immediate. And, setup was easy.
Great saw at a very low price.
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