My Rikon 14" Deluxe Bandsaw Journey #2: It has Arrived!!!

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Blog entry by Hoakie posted 01-28-2010 10:14 PM 2135 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: And its Off!! Part 2 of My Rikon 14" Deluxe Bandsaw Journey series Part 3: Setup Complete and some questions »

ABF truck left just a while ago after delivering my new Rikon 10-325. I purchased it through Amazon with free shipping and they provided lift gate service at no additional cost.

I’ve started unpacking it but need to head back to work :( (like i’m gonna get anything done in the next 3 hours anyway). My brother in law is coming over later to night to help lift it on the stand.

I’ll post pics of setup as I go.

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#1 posted 01-29-2010 12:23 AM


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#2 posted 01-29-2010 12:28 AM

Congrats…. It’s a sweet saw.

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#3 posted 01-29-2010 12:28 AM

this will help when i get mine in a few weeks. my only question is, if a driftmaster fence from laguna will fit?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#4 posted 01-29-2010 12:34 AM

A little heads up. When you start to put it together, you’ll find some fender washers in the nuts & bolts bag. There is nothing in the Owners Manual to tell you what these are for. You use them as spacers between the inside the cabinet between the shelf and the inside wall. When I assembled my 10-325 I had these parts left over so I called Rikon Customer Service and asked about them. The very helpful CS Rep knew immediately when I was talking about. It seems that some of the shelves, which are made of stamped steel, can be a little undersized. To compensate for this Rikon started sending out the fender washers to be used as spacers. If you don’t use these washers you’ll draw the outside walls of the cabinet in when you tighten up the mounting hardware.

By the way, I’m very happy with my 10-325. Enjoy your new saw.

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#5 posted 01-29-2010 03:54 AM

Love my saw also. Take your time setting it up and make sure the guides are good, the tension is good, tracks square, table square both ways, etc and then you’ll love it. I thought the manual was a little overly simplistic, but it does cover all the bases. I have found the timberwolf blade I bought definitely works better than the one supplied by Rikon. The timberwolf website also does a great job of telling you how to find the correct tension for their blades.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#6 posted 01-29-2010 04:02 AM

syenefarmer, just got done assmbling base and mounting the saw. Came time to tighten everything down and noticesd the 1/8” space at the front of the shelf. The fender washers were the only thing left in the bag and they fit perfect so I just assumed that was what they were for. :)

On to the table/fence and handles.

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#7 posted 01-29-2010 07:06 PM

I’m sure youre having great time by now. It’s always alot of fun to receive new toy. Didn’t you feel the day was too short because night was too long? LOL

In our country (Malaysia) we seldom (almost never) assemble machines on our own. We purchase machine readily assembled and set-up., except for machine we import through suppliers/stores we may opt to assemble ourselves. That’s why maybe the price here is double (some machines tripple) the street price in US or UK.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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