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Forum topic by jtrz posted 04-05-2020 06:18 PM 509 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jtrz

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04-05-2020 06:18 PM

Looking at upgrading my table saw and the Rikon is at a decent price and has most of what I’m looking for but can’t find much online as far as user reviews. Does any have one or have they used one? Any input someone can offer would be great.

-- Jeff | Louisville, Ky


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tvrgeek

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#1 posted 04-05-2020 08:36 PM

They only have their contractor saw now. Their supplier of bigger ones no longer supplies them. the 205 looks pretty nice. Like several newer contractor saws, the motor is internal so being able to enclose them for dust collection would be a lot easier than the older style like my Ridgid. Delta, powermatic and Jet share that newer config. Manual shows a pretty beefy trunnion, but what is it made of I do not know. Many are aluminum.

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#2 posted 04-05-2020 09:47 PM

They only seem to have 2 models and they are pretty similar. One is 1.5 hp and the other is 1.75 hp. Distance from blade to front of table is longer on one which I like. Better fence on one. Both seem to sell for the same price.

It checks a lot of the boxes that I’m looking for. The main one being cabinet mounted trunnions. I think I read that they are cast iron somewhere.

For the price and what it offers I wonder why I haven’t heard much about them. Most places that sell Rikon don’t even carry the table saws. They’re hard to find.

-- Jeff | Louisville, Ky

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#3 posted 04-05-2020 10:43 PM

The Rikon is a clone of Steel City’s 35990, not a very popular saw and quickly went under. For that kind of money I would go with a Grizzly Hybrid or add a little bit more for a Laguna.
And right now is a good time to look on places like FaceBook for a certified electrician, you can get quotes at the touch of your fingertips and ask to see licensing and proof of insurance. It’s a buyers market for services where I’m at for the moment. Take that with a grain of salt though, I am still very green as it were and learning myself.

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#4 posted 04-05-2020 11:15 PM

I looked at the Laguna’s and the F1 is on sale right now for $900 and it ticks a lot of boxes but it’s got table mounted trunnions. F2 looks nice but costly.

I haven’t looked much at grizzly just because I read so many widely varying reviews. Some people have great experiences and other people complain about quality control issues. I guess I should give them a closer look.

-- Jeff | Louisville, Ky

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#5 posted 04-06-2020 01:38 PM



The Rikon is a clone of Steel City’s 35990, not a very popular saw and quickly went under. For that kind of money I would go with a Grizzly Hybrid or add a little bit more for a Laguna.
- Krystoph

When you say it checks all of the boxes what do you mean? Does it need to be a contractor’s saw? $1100 seems like a lot of $. You could get a nice used hybrid or even cabinet saw for half that, but that might not check all of the boxes for you.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#6 posted 04-16-2020 08:22 AM

The “boxes” essentially boil down to decently solid cabinet mounted trunnions. Cast iron table.

I have a 15 or 20 year old ridgid contractor saw that I’m costantly having to adjust to get a square cut. Raising and lowering the blade throws the blade out of square. I barely use it now. Bought it used a few years back.

A hybrid saw is what I’m in the market for but I’m not buying used unless it is a great deal and in great shape. I’m still constantly looking for used ones however just in case. I don’t want a restoration job. I never have good luck with used power tools.

-- Jeff | Louisville, Ky

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