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RIKON 10-345 18-Inch Band Saw
Price:$1,722.93 + Free shipping with Amazon Prime
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2010
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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2009
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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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2011
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 ..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2011
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..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2012
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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
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2010
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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
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on May 5, 2015
Purchased this saw about three months ago. After some issues, I can say I am happy with the purchase. First saw came with a bad weld on the column base. I sent a photo and notes in an e-mail to the contact listed in the manual. They got back to me immediately and asked me to not use the saw, box it back up and have it ready for pick up. They took care of the shipping and arranged for a new saw to be shipped. The new saw had an issue with one of the view windows which they offered to fix, but I bought some screws (that were missing) and sanded and polished out some scratches.
I have been very happy with the saw's performance. Order a different blade. The factory one cuts pretty well, but mine had a bad alignment in the welded joint that creates an untrue back that causes me to adjust slop in the rear bearing to allow for the blade to "jump" and not rub the bearing.
Saw has plenty of power and after tuning, it has worked great.
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on February 7, 2014
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Cuts real well .... fast start up, will say my V-Belt starting ripping apart ....not so good way to soon to be doing this... I have Not cut much wood on it .
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2013
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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.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2013
I've had and used this bandsaw for maybe 8 years now and it certainly gets the job done. Solidly built, precision parts, lots of power, good design. I usually keep a 1" wide 2/3-TPI Lenox blade on it for processing log sections and other chunks for woodturning, using a smaller bandsaw for other cuts.

This is the second Rikon sent - the first was a mistake, an incomplete saw partially stripped at the warehouse for parts. Rikon was very good about drop shipping a replacement which arrived in just a few days.

Like nearly every bandsaw, don't expect it to be perfect out of the crate. Almost every bandsaw, regardless of who makes it, will need careful alignment and a bit of tuning before it will dance. For the unexperienced, I recommend one or both of two books, the Bandsaw Handbook by Mark Duginski and the Bandsaw Book by Lonnie Bird for insight as to what makes a bandsaw work well and how to align one.

Once properly aligned, this saw is very smooth in operation, no vibration or blade wandering, cuts very straight. It's a dream to use on green or dry wood, thin or very thick. Note that you can not expect good performance unless you use a good quality, very sharp blade. I generally sharpen it myself two or three times before replacing the blade.
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