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my new bandsaw

by Willscary
posted 11-12-2018 05:06 PM


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Andybb

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#1 posted 11-14-2018 05:55 PM

What do you plan on doing with the bandsaw? Nothing wrong with a Rikon. Without checking, I assume a 10-326 is a 10” bs? For more versatility (resaw capability) have you considered a 14”?

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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Bill_Steele

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#2 posted 11-14-2018 06:02 PM

the 10-326 is a 14”—not a 10” bs. I considered this saw when I did my evaluation. I ended up a Laguna 14-12. I like that the Rikon has adjustable speed—so that you could cut non-ferrous materials if you wanted. Good luck with the new bandsaw.

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JohnMcClure

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#3 posted 11-14-2018 06:07 PM

Congratulations on your purchase, and on rounding out your shop. The bandsaw is my favorite tool to use.
Since you have planer and jointer too, don’t stop at using it to cut curves – find some firewood and make boards out of it! The bandsaw is awesome for use as a (very miniature) sawmill.
Good luck!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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Willscary

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#4 posted 11-14-2018 06:24 PM

Thanks guys! this is mostly a retirement thing. I have about 10 years until then, but it would be nice to learn it now and be halfway decent at woodworking by then. We also purchased 40 acres of white oak, sugar maple, red oak, ash, birch, basswood, aspen and white pine (mainly white oak and sugar maple) for our retirement property. Our thoughts are that we have more wood than we could ever use!

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Bill White

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#5 posted 11-14-2018 08:44 PM

Buy some good blades for the Rikon. You’ll be better pleased.

-- [email protected]

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Willscary

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#6 posted 11-15-2018 03:52 PM



Buy some good blades for the Rikon. You ll be better pleased.

- Bill White

For my first blade, I am thinking of a Lenox 1/4” 6 TPI bimetal blade. When I get into resawing, then I will look for a blade better suited to the task. The saw comes with a 5/8” 3 TPI blade that is supposed to be better than the average OEM supplied blades.

I see a lot of opinions about which blades to get, but I am new to this. What would you recommend?

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ArtMann

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#7 posted 11-15-2018 05:56 PM

Your choice of blades sounds good to me. I have a Rikon manufactured band saw of the same size as yours and I put a 3/4 inch, 3 tpi resaw blade on it to begin with. It turned out to be too wide to tension adequately. I now use 1/2 inch resaw blades.

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Willscary

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#8 posted 11-15-2018 06:28 PM



Your choice of blades sounds good to me. I have a Rikon manufactured band saw of the same size as yours and I put a 3/4 inch, 3 tpi resaw blade on it to begin with. It turned out to be too wide to tension adequately. I now use 1/2 inch resaw blades.

- ArtMann

Thanks! I have looked at 1/2” 3TPI carbide tooth resaw blades from Highland Woodworking, but for right now, resawing is not a need. It will be in the future once the retirement house is built, but for right now, I want to be able to make curved cuts that are too thick to be done well on a scroll saw. I have read quite a bit of comments about 5/8” being the max width on most 14” saws, even if machine specs say that 3/4” is ok. I have also read that anything over .025 thickness will be stressed by the smaller 14” wheel size as compared to bigger wheeled saws.

I feel that I have the basics that I just listed down pretty well, but still…while everyone has their favorite blades, there must truly be some that last longer, cut better, run smoother and cost less than others. It seems to be a balancing act, sort of like buying tires for a vehicle…no one tire does everything the best. There are always compromises for fuel economy, road noise, ride quality, snow traction, wet traction, dry traction, cornering, etc.

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