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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-23-2012, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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After much research and decision making about actual needs I bought the Rikon 10-305 10” band saw from my local(?) Woodcraft store. I will admit that Lori, the salesperson there did help my decision quite a lot by answering my concerns about the Craftsman 21400 which, by all indications is the same saw. But, with a 5 year warranty, and the reputation Rikon appears to have, this seems to be the right choice.
It was packaged very well in form-fitted Styrofoam inside an extra heavy cardboard box. But, even with that, the plastic indicator on the table trunnion was broken. Rikon customer service is sending a replacement though so all’s well.
While setting it up by following what I considered to be adequate instructions, I followed the tune-up procedures gotten from this: Band Saw Clinic with Alex Snodgrass - YouTube Clinic.htm. Alex Snodgrass definitely knows how to set up a saw.
I had bought an Olsen 4 tpi ½”hook blade at Woodcraft at the same time so I installed it knowing that I would need that blade for my use.
After making sure everything was just right I tried to re-saw a 8”X3 ½”X¾” piece of Bubinga and was amazed. It was almost ready to use as is. Then, as I was wanting this saw for in the first place, I brought out a piece of 5/4 Zebrawood, 5” wide and 23” long. After jointing one edge, I discovered that the re-saw capacity was 4 15/16” not the 4 5/8” listed in the specifications. I proceeded to saw at 15/32” so I would end up with 2 pieces planed to 3/8” when I finished. By following the above mentioned video, I accomplished just that. One piece measured just .oo8” thicker at the tail end of the cut and the other piece was less than that. I was a very happy camper.
My only complaint about this saw is the fact that the miter slot is only 5/8”. So, my featherboards that clamp into a “standard” miter slot won’t work. I don’t think I would ever need a miter gauge for this saw and I might have to buy the Mag-switch featherboard attachments sincs I don’t care for clamping a home made one to the table.
Overall, I would highly recommend the Rikon 10-305 to anyone needing a small bandsaw. Yes, it is slower than bigger units, but, not enough so that a hobbyist should mind.
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Thanks, nice review

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Excellent review. Thanks.

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The kreg featherborad adapts down to the 5/8 I used it with a craftsman tablesaw at one time.
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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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Will you do any of the upgrades to this saw.
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This is maybe an old review but thanks for posting this ! How does your Rikon band saw working so far ?
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Couple years back I went back and forth between the Rikon and Craftsman. Ended up putting $100 in my pocket even after buying the Craftsman extended warranty. Of course, 90 days after I made the buy Woodcraft put the Rikon on sale.

One great thing for either of them is the Carter Stabilizer. It really performs with smaller width blades.

Since then I have gotten a 14" BS with riser. That is for the taller/wider re-saw. Got the Woodslicer last month and it is great.

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This is maybe an old review but thanks for posting this ! How does your Rikon band saw working so far ?
Great!!
It does everything I wanted it for perfectly, IMO.
I resaw hardwoods for jewelry boxes with no need to plane, just sand off the marks. I cut curves for shelf brackets and make router templates with ease. And only need 2 different blades which change out very quickly.
I DO believe though, that my success is more the result of Alex Snodgrass's video than the saw or my ability.
Just wish I had gotten this saw a long time ago.

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