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#1 posted 12-06-2018 02:31 PM

Have the Rikon 10-326 purchased in April 2018.
Had an issue with the trunnion out the box where it would not slide past a 30° tilt for the table. Called customer service and was promptly shipped a replacement (top and bottom trunnions, rack, pinion on the shaft).
Have resawn (split) about 300bdft of old SYP barn wood over the last month. Boards were rough saw being 8’ to 15’ long, 4-10” wide and 1” thick average. Started with a 3/4” Timber Wolf blade and once it got gummed up, switched to the 1/2” blade. Didn’t notice any real difference in the performance of the saw between the blades. Since the 3/4” blade is difficult to tension correctly, sticking with 1/2” blades for resawing.
Once the blade got gummed up (didn’t notice it in time), so had the tires and the pulleys. Slicing wood with a gummed up saw taxed the motor, belt slipped, and then can off. Lesson learned.
Dust collection is good for a bandsaw. Captured about 80% using a shop vac connected to the port.
Motor can be rewired for 220. You lose the use of the outlet on the saw with the only cost being a new plug. I chose to replace the cord with a long one instead of just the plug.
The Rikon mobile base works well, is very stable, and slightly increases the foot print, a must for a mobile shop.
2 thumbs up for the quick adjust guides.
What I don’t like about the saw is rack and pinion system to tilt the table. The gear doesn’t mess very well with the rack, so its doesn’t operate as smoothly as I think it should.

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