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#1 posted 03-26-2018 02:42 PM

I have the Rikon 18”. Bought it on sale for ~$800 from Woodcraft. It’s going on 10 years now and there have been no major problems; but it gets light use. Other than the roller bearings, no parts have been replaced. I’ll need to replace the tires soon.

My beef with this saw is I believe the blade guide post is a wee bit sloppy. And resetting the roller bearings after a blade change is a total royal pain. You’ll get the bearings where you want them, and then they’ll move when you tighten the bolt. So its necessary to compensate for this.

As rwe2156 mentioned, the fence is cheesy and really not suitable for resawing, imo.

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