AWFS Tool Update: Rikon Pours its Best Bandsaw Features into a Super Sawcomments (9) July 19th, 2011 in blogs
With its new 14-in. #10-350 bandsaw, which packs an astounding 14 in. of resaw capacity into its European-style frame, Rikon is attempting to make the best small-shop saw on the market.
We found Rikon's Rod Burrows amid the pre-show construction and chaos and he gave us the low-down on Rikon's biggest AWFS debut. Burrows said the company used parts and features from 4 different Rikon bandsaw's to create the best 14-in. saw on the market, and admitted that the 10-350, which will be on sale in 4 months or less, is at least partly Rikon's reaction to a recent bandsaw review in Fine Woodworking magazine, where he felt the Rikon product was outgunned by 14-in. saws with more power.
The 10-350 super saw (I believe that's what they will be calling it) offers two motor options, a 2.5-hp Rikon motor made overseas for $1,499, and an Arkansas-made, 3-hp Baldor motor that adds $300 to the price. We'll test the machine in the FWW shop, but I can't see how the 2.5-hp motor won't be enough for the tallest resaw cuts, given a sharp blade. Burrow's said he wasn't able to bog down the slightly smaller motor in his tests.
NO MORE ALLEN WRENCHES
A simple-to-use micro-adjust takes care of guide adjustment. click to enlarge
But the saw's wow factor doesn't stop at the motor. Unlike its past 14-in saws that we tested, the blade guides have a very user-friendly tool-less micro-adjust, meaning you don't have to scramble for an Allen wrench to dial in the guides for a new blade. Other key features were borrowed from Rikon's bigger, beefier bandsaws, like heavy-duty trunnions, a stiff upper guide post, a lower-vibration belt, and a much bigger table than other 14-in. saws have.
I also loved the blade-scrubbing rubber flap, which will direct dust to the upper dust port, and a set of LED lights that illuminate the work area.
Only FWW's torture tests will tell, but I really can't see any flaws on this saw. Looks like a great buy at $1,500, for woodworkers tired of struggling with their undersized, unfriendly bandsaws.
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