I bought this saw about 2 years ago. I have a 14 inch Laguna in the garage for wood prep, and keep the smaller Rikon in my shop/shed. I am amazed at how good the Rikon is. I bought the floor display model because it was the last one they had and Rikon immediately replaced the broken tensioning knob. I also bought three premium blades, including a half incher for resaw use. I think the blades were Timber Wolf, but my memory is dim. The cuts with the half, quarter and 3/16th blades are remarkably smooth. Light sanding is all that's necessary. The blades are 72 1/2 inch long and pretty easy to find. WEN is another iteration of this same saw.
Do take the time to set the table 90 to the blade. It only has one trunion, but it is a light duty saw so that's enough. The fence is adequate, but only has a little adjustment "slop" to account for drift. I follow the Snodgrass setup routine, so drift is practically zero.
The saw is very smooth and quiet, a pleasure to use, which I do surprisingly often. I've done just a little resawing with it and mostly pine so far, but it's a hot knife through butter, even in the little bit of birch I've resawn while testing. The high quality 4 tpi blade probably helps.
I rarely buy the extended coverage on any tool. The tool either works or it doesn't. I always keep the packaging around for whatever the return window is, but I've only returned one defective item over the last 10 years.
The Rikon is a really good buy for a handy, quick small project saw. Even great blades for it are pretty cheap. Rikon offers a 1/8th blade, but it just seems fragile to me, so I got the 3/16th blade instead, which cuts an opening the size of a nickle with ease. I think this saw will do a good job on band saw boxes. BTW, this seems minor but running a stone across the back of the blade while its running, removes any burrs and makes for much smoother running and easier turns on curved cuts.
If there is one thing I wish this saw had it's a quick blade tension release lever. You have to use the knob on top to set tension by feel. Quick and easy to do, but a lever would have been nice. Be sure you relieve the tension when storing this.
A minor point, you'll want to add a light to this saw. I salvaged an L bracket from a dead tool and drilled an opening for a goose neck lamp I got for $2 at a thrift store. The bulb is a small LED reflector bulb, 50 w equivalent. Sorry the pix isn't sharp, but you get the idea. I was able to mount this by drilling two small holes in the back of the case for the bracket, and ran the power cord, strapped down to the back of the column. This extra light makes a big difference in following a line.
Don't know about the other iterations/brands of this same saw (I own and like several WEN items), but I would buy the Rikon again and recommend it over any 8 or 9 inch "toy" you'd find in the big box stores.
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Last edited by DesertRatTom; 03-09-2018 at 11:00 AM.