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Fish30114

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08-01-2019 06:03 PM

I currently own a Rikon 326 bandsaw, it is less than a year old, and I would describe it as lightly used.
I purchased an Accu-Slice system which is made beautifully and which I like a lot—problem is my blade on my Rikon has a lot of flutter at the back of the blade, leading to inaccurate cuts.
At this time I am considering getting a new saw, a Laguna. I am looking for feedback on my thoughts, including advice on which Laguna to get if I do get a new saw. I have 220 voltage wired in my shop so that is not a concern if I should purchase a 220 V machine.

Thanks for any input/advice on this issue!


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#1 posted 08-01-2019 06:16 PM

what blade are you running on your rikon?

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#2 posted 08-01-2019 06:20 PM

Does your saw have these? I have the 18” and from the box I’ve been very pleased with the results I get. My understanding was some had some issues with the 14’s. I know 149 bux is a LOT cheaper than a new Laguna goes for.

Possibly also reach out to the burbs of Atlanta, and see if there are other owners. Sometimes woodworkers are crafty little guys, and figure out how to get from X to pay dirt faster than a speeding bullet.

I know from You Tube videos that the Club in Norcross is very well attended

As well as the Guild?

I know often enough someone thought they were set up correctly and could use some fine tuning. Not saying this is you, but it may be. Having another set of eyes on it can often be the difference. I guess I’m thinking my Rikon was sweet out of the box, maybe I was the once a month winner. I’d rather think they are making some pretty decent tools. Before spending a lot of $$$$$$ I would want to check as well as I could, before just stepping forward.

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#3 posted 08-01-2019 06:25 PM

Hey folks, I am currently running a timberwolf 3/4” 14 tpi blade, as recommended by Accu-Slice. I also have a laguna re-saw king blade and several other blades of varying widths. I could use some advice on how to center the blade on the bottom wheel!

And yes my saw came with the tool-less guides.
And BTW, I definitely would like to stay with my 326, but if I can’t get it to perform, I will replace it.

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#4 posted 08-01-2019 06:26 PM

my 10-326 came with the updated guides and has performed great for me. setup is the key to re-sawing. running a 1/2” timberwolf blade on it currently

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#5 posted 08-01-2019 06:27 PM

Your Rikon has a 5 year warranty,I believe. I would contact Rikon and see if they can walk you through the issue.

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#6 posted 08-01-2019 06:45 PM

I could use some advice on how to center the blade on the bottom wheel!
- Fish30114

Don’t. Location on the bottom wheel is completely irrelevant.

‘Flutter’ at the back of the blade sounds like a blade problem more than a problem with the saw – however, in case you haven’t watched it, here is the obligatory bandsaw tune up video:

Band Saw Clinic with Alex Snodgrass

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#7 posted 08-01-2019 07:00 PM

Nothing wrong with the 326. Mine is perfectly tuned and with a Laguna ReSaw King blade it cuts flawlessly, even in difficult woods like mesquite.

BTW, the tool-less guides are standard on the 326. That article was referring to upgrade kits for the 324 and 325. It helps to actually read the article.

“The NEW Retrofit Kit, Model # 10-900, will convert RIKON’s #10-324 and former #10-325 14” Bandsaws to this Tool-less Blade Guide System.”

[...]

“The Tool-less Blade Guides are currently being supplied as standard features mounted on four of RIKON’s new Bandsaws; #10-326 Deluxe and #10-353 Professional 14” models, the #10-342 18” Bandsaw, and #10-385 24” Bandsaw.”

Hard words, I guess.

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