12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bandsaw Upgrade
I decided to upgrade my old Craftsmam 12 inch bandsaw to the Rikon 10-345 18 inch early this fall. Man what a difference! The greater re-saw capacity and the overall perfomance is like night and day. Thank you Rikon. It's a great product. I've never used a bandsaw that ran so smooth and vibration free. The fence is also top notch quality.
Published on November 16, 2009 by Sidney R. Parsons
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad quality control, or maybe this is as good as it gets. Think twice about large product purchases through Amazon
It took two weeks to get the top wheel aligned due to a bad mount requiring the wheel and the tracking mechanism to be lifted up and manhandled into positioned on top of grinder and weld marks for the blade to track in the middle of the wheel. After exhaustive setup adjustments of all available variables the blade vibrates slightly, but randomly over time, and I can not...
Published 10 months ago by H. Thomas
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bandsaw Upgrade,
This review is from: RIKON 10-345 18-Inch Band Saw (Tools & Home Improvement)I decided to upgrade my old Craftsmam 12 inch bandsaw to the Rikon 10-345 18 inch early this fall. Man what a difference! The greater re-saw capacity and the overall perfomance is like night and day. Thank you Rikon. It's a great product. I've never used a bandsaw that ran so smooth and vibration free. The fence is also top notch quality.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great band saw!!,
This review is from: RIKON 10-345 18-Inch Band Saw (Tools & Home Improvement)I purchased this band saw about 3 years ago and it has performed very well for me. I originally bought the saw for resawing maple slabs from trees I had cut down but have used it to cut just about everything else as well since then.
When assembling the saw take the time (2-4 hours) to get everything adjusted correctly and square. The saw will perform better and you will be less frustrated later on. I have not had to make any adjustments since I originally put the saw together and I believe this is because of the amount of time I took to do it right from the start. It is still square and running as good as the day I bought it. The only issue I had with the saw was about 2 weeks after I got it the lower thrust bearing locking assembly failed. Customer service was great and I had a new part in a couple of days and haven't had any issues since then.
The saw has 2 speeds and more than enough horse power to easily handle blades up to 1 1/4". Very easy to adjust and changing blade takes about 10-15 minutes to get dialed in. But once it is adjusted you don't have to make any other adjustments until you change blade again. Resawing is easy and accurate. I have sliced stock as thin as 1/32" x 4" tall and the blade stays true when cutting. The max I have resawed was about 8" tall and I had no issues with it. The stock fence could be taller for resawing but it is a nice fence and is easy to adjust.
Overall I would highly recommend this saw. Just make sure you have the room for it, it's big and heavy (almost 400 lbs.) but is well worth the money if you need something with this kind of capacity.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Machine,
This review is from: RIKON 10-345 18-Inch Band Saw (Tools & Home Improvement)For a hundred more than the 16" .. ru kidding! Got onsale at Highland (Atlanta) for $999 + shp. Shopping for band-saws can be a slippery slope .. upgrade. This machine is totally awesome .. two, countem Two T-slots. Two speeds w/o using a wrench .. is Jet even paying attention? Fit and finish is a 10, and will pull an 1 1/4" 2-3 resaw blade. Should get an academy award, for the Least # of assembly parts.
Caveats .. she comes packed extremely well, but, not strapped to a standard sized pallet, so provide strap or rope to secure to forklift .. just for safety and peace of mind. The table is an assembly item, and is dang heavy and a bit awkward to get the 4 bolts going .. an extra set of hands is highly recommended. Fence rails and a couple of handwheels .. done!
Shipper rounded up to 500# gross .. specs say 389# .. this machine is heavy. Unless you are planning on mounting stationery, I highly recommend the Vega machinery mover, and worth every penny .. easy assembly, and machine sits on the floor, not on casters 24/7 .. kinda important for a machine that's 6'4" tall.
As typical with higher-end bandsaws, a miter-gage is optional, but not prohibatively expensive. Waitin' for a U-tube showing someone using Two .. lol. A very solid machine, and for a grand, is without peer. It pays to shop around. Work safe ..
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great saw for the money,
This review is from: RIKON 10-345 18-Inch Band Saw (Tools & Home Improvement)I bought this saw about 2 years ago after looking at several other saws. The only issue I had was the weight of the thing. My shop is in the basement and it was a bear to lower it down the stairs. I took the table off and built a ramp to slide it down. Quite the experience. OK, to the saw. Built well, very solid. some of the screws on the trunions, blade guard and roller mechanism are very cheap metal. Seems like they could have upgraded and used a slightly harder screw though this is easy enough to upgrade. Other than that, I have had no issues. I've been able to slice veneer thin resaws from 10" beach and slightly wider maple with the stock blade that came with it. Fence is good but I've made an auxiliary fence with a higher rest. I am not enamoured of the scale on the fence measuring tape. graduation are not easy to read I just haven't gotten around to replaceing it yet. The fence is also to high to get closer that about 1-1/2 inches from the blade if you are cutting a thing piece. I have an aux fence for that also. not a big deal with me but could be an issue if you were to do a lot of small work. Dust colleciton is pretty good. blade changes are easy and the tracking on the weels is great. have only changed the blade one and went right back to the original blade as I use it mostly for larger straight cuts. Overall, I am happy and would recommend the saw. I find I am using is for most of my rough cuts over my table saw now.
I've used it for squaring up larger pieces of wood for dimensioning. power is good and it runs through some pretty thick hardwood stock without a problem. Starting to get slow but after 2 years, I guess it is time to replace the stock blade. Blade height adjustments are a dream. OK, I'm just rambling now..
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars made in china,
This review is from: RIKON 10-345 18-Inch Band Saw (Tools & Home Improvement)I've had this saw for two months. It came with a crappy 1/2" blade. With a Timberwolf 1" and 1/4" blade this thing makes me (or saves me) so much money. Chinese products can be sketchy, but my machine is very capable and stable. Just chuck the barrel they attached to the fence (for drift) and buy timberwolf blades. Blade changes are 10 minutes tops
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best bandsaw,
This review is from: RIKON 10-345 18-Inch Band Saw (Tools & Home Improvement)Just got this machine set up and running. It took about one hour to assemble and set on a mobile base. WOW !!!!!!!! I'm really impressed. This is not your average import,,, this is real quality. Its really heavy,, but if a person has a chain puller and a lifting point,, one person can manage.
Diamond H Woodshop-------Texas
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An easy experience? NOPE! A happy ending? YES!,
This review is from: RIKON 10-345 18-Inch Band Saw (Tools & Home Improvement)Cabinet making has become my main hobby since over a decade ago. I started in cabinet making because I could just not afford my "dream speakers" and I decided to make them. They were not my first pair, I am pretty experienced in speaker design but my original efforts in cabinet making left something to be desired in both construction and finish work. The main reason was my lack of tools. Throughout the years I have ended up with a very well equipped shop with a table saw, planer, joiner, drum sander and a multitude of routers, power sanders and JIGS galore! The only thing really missing has been a Band Saw. At first I got my eyes on one of the Italian super saws but their price and a serious personal setback made me postpone the purchase of one.
In dealing with a lot of experienced carpenters and wood working enthusiasts I noticed that very - very few had one of these Super Saws but they all had a band saw in their tool arsenal. In this way I started re-evaluating my priorities and decided to look into "lesser" band saws by Jet, Delta and of course Rikon. I have had some good experience with Rikon because I bought their 6-48 belt-10" disk sander some time ago and I just love it for what it does for me. A very well made tool that has helped me in all my recent projects. I decided to go with an 18" Rikon when I read some reviews where they praised its virtues but also mentioned that some people had bought the saw at a substantial discount compared to the on going price at the time. This made me hesitant to buy the saw and a couple of years passed by until last November when I found out that Woodcraft had it for less than 1,000 bucks. I ended up with one delivered at my door a week or so later. The crate was huge and heavy. We wrestled the beast in my garage and called it a day.
While I was waiting for the saw I improvised a support attached on two of my garage roof trusses where I attached a 1 Ton chain hoist from harbor freight. I also bought a Heavy Duty Jet mobile base and made a base from two 3/4 high quality plywood sheets to support the Saw. The hoist and the hanging eye bolt on top of the saw made it a breeze to handle the saw and place it on its base where it was bolted with 3/8" bolts and nuts. I finished the assembly by installing the cast iron table and aluminum fence, spent some time adjusting the provided saw blade and I was in business!!! OR NOT!!! There was a lot of movement on the blade that made cutting straight cuts impossible. I figured it was the cheap blade that came with the saw so I ordered two timber wolf blades, a 1" for re-sawing and a 1/4" for curved cuts. The 1/4" blade was a breeze to set up and it run pretty smooth on the saw. I even made some trial re-sawing cuts with it and they were pretty OK.
Using the 1" blade thought was a totally different story. The blade had a lot of flutter (left to right movement looking at the cutting edge of the blade) and a lot of wobble (front to back movement, again looking at it form the cutting edge). Cutting anything w/o destroying it was simply an impossibility. After calling woodcraft I ended up sending the 1" blade back and bought a 3/4" instead. The new 3/4" blade came and although I managed to correct most of the wobble it also had a flutter I could not do anything about. I ended up calling Timber Wolf and they ended up sending me a third blade directly from the factory.
While waiting for the new blade I played a lot with the saw's adjustments with the stock blade but for the life of me could not eliminate the wobble (there was NO flutter with this blade). After several calls with Rikon they sent me a lower wheel which almost cured the wobble I was having. Still, things were far from perfect or even acceptable. Even with the latest Timber wolf blade there was some wobble I could not eliminate. To my relief, at least there was NO flutter what so-ever with this blade. However, no adjustments of the lower wheel could cure the little wobble that was there. Another phone call to Rikon and Rod, who seriously bent over backwards to help me, ended up sending me a new upper wheel too! The new wheel pretty much cured all the issues with wobble! The saw now run straight and true and the cuts were as good as I have seen them on a band saw.
It took a few weeks to bring the saw to the level it is presently but I just love everything about it now. It is powerful, super quiet, with very - very little vibration and it has most of the bells and whistles most wood workers want. The double bearing guides feel quality, adjusting blade tracking is a breeze and changing blades takes me just a few minutes now. The table is huge and solid and the fence more than adequate. I forgot to say that the new wheels came with yellow rubber tires instead of black that make adjusting the blade tracking very easy even with the upper door closed. I just love my Rikon now.
The big question some of you may have is how come after all the issues I described I still gave the saw 5 stars? I did so because after addressing all the issues with the help from Rikon the saw is just a great saw! Big, heavy, powerful and well equipped. It looks great and does everything a band saw should do with style and finesse. It is also very easy to service by the owner. Both wheels come off by just removing a bolt with a 13mm wrench. No gear pullers necessary which would make replacing a wheel a near impossibility by the average person and it should make replacing a tire a breeze. Since I fixed all the issues I just cannot have enough of this great machine.
An other reason I did not leave a negative review is that I am not a cry baby as some people out there. Yes I had issues but also YES Rikon help me with all of them. Machines do break and sometimes come with issues. As long as they are fixed it does not really take anything away from a GREAT design, concept and execution.
Would I recommend this saw to anyone else? If you are on a budget and a little inclined to personally deal with issues if they appear the Rikon Saw is a great value! For less than 1,000 bucks you get an 18", 2.5HP saw that is very well built and seems to last a life time. Rikon stands by their products and took care of me in relative short time.
If you can shell the close to 3,500 bucks to buy one of the Italian saws then go for it. They are simply great. Still, for a hobbyist like me the extra 2,500 bucks can buy lots of other tools and wood for projects. I have already bought extra saw blades, a circle cutter, a blade guide, two magnetic fences for re-sawing and other accessories and I am still below 1,600 bucks for everything, including taxes and shipping costs. You can't really beat this.
Again, was this saw worth the trouble? ABSOLUTELY. Would I buy this product again? YES!
Thanks for a great product Rikon. Please, do try a little to better your quality control and you have a winner!
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good machine for the money,
This review is from: RIKON 10-345 18-Inch Band Saw (Tools & Home Improvement)I have had this bandsaw, the rikon 18", for about three years, and it has performed well. I traded in a 14" Delta because the table was just too small. In fact, it was the size of the table that caught my interest. I like it. It runs smoothly, has ample power is well constructed. Would i recommend it, yes, but i think i would look into a new Delta, or laguna (spelling) or the italian saws, they are very well made also. Rikon is coming on strong. I don't think any are made in America. So its either China, Taiwan, or Europe. I would probably go with Europe.
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad quality control, or maybe this is as good as it gets. Think twice about large product purchases through Amazon,
This review is from: RIKON 10-345 18-Inch Band Saw (Tools & Home Improvement)It took two weeks to get the top wheel aligned due to a bad mount requiring the wheel and the tracking mechanism to be lifted up and manhandled into positioned on top of grinder and weld marks for the blade to track in the middle of the wheel. After exhaustive setup adjustments of all available variables the blade vibrates slightly, but randomly over time, and I can not remove the front to back wobble of about 1/64" to 1/32".
The upper wheel and tracking mechanism rests on a mount that is welded to the frame. When the wheel and tracking mechanism are removed the mount can be seen to be improperly installed at an angle with a very bad weld. It looked like someone had taken a grinder to the mount to try to level it out leaving ridge marks. It shows bad design and poor quality control resulting in the washer underneath the tracking mechanism to rest on little more than two points. Because of the ridges the wheel must be manhandled into position.
I tried to get Amazon to bring a replacement with two men to swap the machines out, but they could never seem to get the shipping companies on board and I eventually had to accept a $300 discount. I will never buy another large piece of equipment from Amazon, nor will I buy a Rikon product without first examining it in the store. The VP of customer and technical support at Rikon was of little help, the part he sent out was not the problem and when I sent pictures of the bad mount he stopped returning my emails. I am left with a marginally useful machine that works but leaves more saw marks than it should and takes much too long to setup.
1 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Test review,
This review is from: RIKON 10-345 18-Inch Band Saw (Tools & Home Improvement)Please disregard this review. I have not purchased or used this saw. I just wanted to see if Amazon would censor a 1 star review from a non-verified customer. If your reading this they didn't. It sounds like a great saw. Thanks Amazon
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