No...You're not seeing double
About 2 years ago, give or take, I purchased a Sears 10 inch bandsaw and shortly after sold my HF 14 inch bandsaw and purchased a Rikon 10-325, 14 inch bandsaw to replace it with. This left me with 2 bandsaws in a small shop which was becoming cramped. I really enjoyed the 10 inch BS, but felt there was nothing it could do that the larger Rikon could not do, so I turned around and sold it making a little extra space in my shop. Shortly after, I purchased my Dewalt 788 scroll saw in attempt to fill the void of the 10 inch BS. It did make a nice combination with the Rikon 14" BS and gave me a lot of needed flexibility, but I still missed that little 10 inch BS for many things. In my shop, the BS is one of the most used tools I have and I found myself having to change blades constantly and then re-adjust roller guides for various jobs. I was beginning to have what they call seller's remorse over my little 10 inch BS. Bandsaw boxes is one area that I have a strong desire to get into, which makes a 2nd BS even more desireable.
To make a long story a little shorter, I was browsing thru the Woodcraft web site when I noticed that Rikon had just introduced their new model 10-305, 10 inch band saw and had it on sale with free shipping. After giving it some thought, I jumped on the opportunity to replace that which I was sorry to have let go and ordered the new baby Rikon. It is exactly the same as the Sears and I believe Rikon has made it for Sears all this time.
Well, it arrived today by Fed-Ex and the driver was even kind enough to hand truck it across my yard and into my shop for me, now THAT is service. After I finished my dinner I went to the shop, unboxed and assembled the new toy. It took all of about 30 minutes to assemble, tune and mount my Carter Stabilizer. New Timberwolf blades are on their way and I still need to build a rolling stand for it which I hope to get to sometime this week or weekend. I wanted to share a couple of pictures of the new toy which is here to stay, cramped shop or not. Rikon did an excellent job on this machine from top to bottom and it looks just like it's big brother as attested to in the following pictures. I am once again a happy camper.