Tools Anonymous #6: My shiny new Rikon 10-325

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Blog entry by Sandra posted 02-02-2013 01:06 AM 2675 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well shut the front door! My Rikon 10-325 is put together and making sawdust!

After a unpleasant experience buying and returning a Craftex, I was leery about my new Rikon.
It arrived two days ago and I’ve been putting it together a bit at a time. This evening I finally finished it.

From reading LJ’s comments about this saw, I expected the instructions to be crappy and I wasn’t disappointed. The black and white pictures are not clear, with arrows pointing to who knows what. I got frustrated a few times and just walked away. I know that Ikea is a bad word on this site, but those folks know how to write instructions!

I ran into an issue with my shopfox mobile stand. To be able to open the door on the base of the saw, the saw needed to be higher, or the wheel configuration on the shopfox changed. I didn’t want to raise the saw any higher than it was and the wheel configuration was what I wanted. So after some humming, hawing and muttering, I decided on this:

I decided to put a bag of concrete in the base, reattach the door and not use the base for storage at all. This way the saw is as low as possible and the concrete lowers the centre of gravity somewhat.

Once I had the saw together, I started adjusting the table, fence etc. Keeping in mind that I only used a bandsaw perhaps twice before in grade school (we were the first class of girls allowed to take some shop classes) I didn’t find it that bad.

I tried my first cut with the 5/8 blade that came with the saw and ended up with a rippled cut. I lowered the tension, readjusted the upper roller guides and voila!

I grabbed a block I had glued up in a quilt pattern awhile ago and took some 3/4” slices off it.
Then I took down a piece of walnut (I think) and resawed it to 5/8” for a trial box. You can see the results, nothing is glued together yet.

The dust collection port doesn’t have the grill over it as some of you had shown, but there is a piece of metal half blocking it. The sawdust doesn’t seem to be even going in that direction anyway. I’ll worry about that tomorrow.
And the ever maligned lamp is in fact completely useless.

The fence was easy enough to adjust and square up, but it does remind me of the fence on my Bosch table saw – once it’s set it’s fine, but it doesn’t slide smoothly into place.

For the price I paid, I’m happy with my purchase already. (and for the record, it’s prettier than the craftex)

So thanks to all of you who posted about this saw and those who answered my questions along the way.

It’s Friday, I’ve used my new bandsaw – time to raise a glass and toast the newest addition to my shop.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 02-02-2013 01:17 AM

Congrats and good luck with the saw.

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#2 posted 02-02-2013 01:23 AM

okay so now I’m wanting a new band saw… looks nice, let us know how you feel about it in a couple weeks after giving it a real go.. I have been looking at the Rikons for a while myself, just have not pulled the trigger yet.. so will wait for your critique… congrats congrats…Papa

-- Papa...

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#3 posted 02-02-2013 01:43 AM

Cheers to the new addition from Fort Mac!


-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#4 posted 02-02-2013 01:46 AM

I’m so glad for you. Enjoy! Obviously, I’m envious, as I’m using a 1975 Craftsman 12 in 1/2 hp 1/2” Olsen blade for re-sawing 5” or less.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#5 posted 02-02-2013 02:14 AM

Congrats on defeating the perverse instructions! Looks like you got it put together just right from your sawing results. You will have a lot of fun with this and it is really rewarding to make some boards from firewood. Have fun and WORK SAFELY!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 02-02-2013 02:36 AM


look’s like those lessons years ago paid off
here you are with some wood re-sawn already


work those kinks out one at a time
(most tools have them)

wax on
wax on
wax on

your tea time is coming up

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 02-02-2013 02:59 AM


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 02-02-2013 03:08 AM

Thanks folks – and Papa, I’ll update in a few weeks.

Doc – that might be dangerous…..

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#9 posted 02-02-2013 05:10 AM

Enjoy your glass of cheer!
You went through so much, to get to this point, a little celebration would be WRONG….
A HUGE CELEBRATION is the only right thing to do!!!

Looking forward to seeing the projects emanating from your new shop addiction, err addition!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Jamie Speirs

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#10 posted 02-02-2013 09:06 AM

Glad that you have it all working, now you can get to know
the machine, they all have their own quirks that you get used to
Love the bag of cement for ballast. I had a bag of cement in the
front of my old VW beetle for years. That was 40 odd yrs ago.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#11 posted 02-02-2013 12:00 PM

Wouldn’t you like to meet the management person who approves some of these instructions????
Don’t get me started…..............

-- mike...............

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#12 posted 02-02-2013 01:43 PM

congrats on the new machine,glad this one turned out better than your last bandsaw.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#13 posted 02-02-2013 03:41 PM

Good idea on the bag of cement in the bottom. I had a couple of close calls when moving my bandsaw. It is definitiely top heavy. Enjoy your new BS. It will cut even better with a good quality blade.

-- Julian

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#14 posted 02-02-2013 03:51 PM

Good for you. Now you can put that sour experience behind you and concentrate on getting to know this saw. Then we wanna see what comes out of it! (insert applauding smiley face here)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#15 posted 02-02-2013 04:25 PM

Congrats! Glad it was worth the wait after the frustration of your Craftex. You may want to get a new bandsaw blade though; if it’s like most that come with bandsaws it will be crap. A good BS blade will take very little effort for you to push wood through…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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