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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-13-2012, 08:38 AM
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It is more of you mate.Oh you should post here the projects you made. What type of blade are you using now? Are you using carbide or carbon?
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When I bought mine it was between the Rikon 10-305 and the Craftsman and I was leaning to the Rikon until I the Craftsman went on sale locally. So far I've been happy with the Craftsman but I haven't put it to a full test as yet. FWIW the packaging for the Craftsman 21400 saw I purchased was similar if not identical. I'd be curious to hear what the Woodcraft salesperson had to say about the differences that allow Rikon to warranty theirs longer.

Glad to hear you had good results with the Olson blade. Till now I was looking at a 1/2" Woodslicer. You may have just saved me some $$$. Thanks.

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I know this response is to an old post, but here is the scoop on Craftsman handtool lifetime warranty.

It is not that the tools are any better(although I mostly do like Craftsman handtools). When the lifetime warranty started, they did the math to figure what replacements would cost, and then marked up the cost of the tools accordingly! It was a very smart marketing decision.

So it probably goes with bandsaws. Pay more, longer warranty. In warranty repairs on bandsaws are generally very infrequent. Thus warranty cost are low and it really doesn't cost that much more to provide the longer warranty, even if the machines are identical. I used to do many(percentage wise.. 2 or 3 a year if that) of Sears bandsaw repairs in this area(North central Ohio)... couldn't make a living doing just that. Bandsaws just don't break that much!

Sears bandsaw sales would probably not gain that much from the longer warranty. Rikon as a relative newcomer has more to gain! I think that's the bottom line. And DON'T assume Rikon is built in the USA. Some are, some are not. I addressed this in another post a short while ago!

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I didn't realize this thread was so old until I almost hit the send button so I started over..
Anyway, about the miter gauge on this particular saw.. I've always been a bit leary of t-slot gauges after piddling around with my first POS Ryobi table saw and its real piece of junk gauge and others like it so how is the t-slot on this saw? Does it have much slop or does it track relatively straight and does it tend to bind up going forward?
I really don't consider this a real important issue, but I would like to know what kinds of issues users of this saw have run into using the miter gauge included..
Also, now that it's been awhile, apparently around 5 years or so just how well has the saw hung in after xxx amount of cuts and such? We all read reviews of tools written the day they arrive, but not too many 5 years after the fact.
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I didn't realize this thread was so old until I almost hit the send button so I started over..
Anyway, about the miter gauge on this particular saw.. I've always been a bit leary of t-slot gauges after piddling around with my first POS Ryobi table saw and its real piece of junk gauge and others like it so how is the t-slot on this saw? Does it have much slop or does it track relatively straight and does it tend to bind up going forward?
I really don't consider this a real important issue, but I would like to know what kinds of issues users of this saw have run into using the miter gauge included..
Also, now that it's been awhile, apparently around 5 years or so just how well has the saw hung in after xxx amount of cuts and such? We all read reviews of tools written the day they arrive, but not too many 5 years after the fact.


I can not comment on this particular BS, as I have an old Ridgid 14". But would like to comment on the POS miter gauges. that come with these saws. Granted you don't use the miter gauge on a BS a lot and surely not for any precision work, but it is nice sometimes to make a quick cut on an odd shaped piece and have it turn out reasonably accurate. My band saw does not cut parallel to the miter slot as the blade drift makes the cut slightly on and angle to the slot. I adjust the rip fence for the drift and have success at resawing material. Thus I have to adjust the miter gauge to be square to the rip fence to gets a square cut.
On mine I use a TS miter gauge that fits the slot on the BS table.

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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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Ditto on everything Tom said. I have this saw and it does very well for my needs, which does NOT include making furniture or re-sawing thicker stock. As Tom noted, the saw is very quiet and smooth cutting. I use the auxiliary fence fairly often and have used the miter gauge more as a sled when making straight cuts for small parts.

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I use my band saw quite a bit. Say I need a 1/2" piece of oak I will resaw it and that leaves about 3/16" or 1/8" piece that I save. I don't cut real wide or long boards, nor do I cut real thick wood. The reason I don't cut these is that I don't have any.

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