Tool Review: Rikon 10-306 Bandsaw
Rikon’s new 10-in. bandsaw is a worthy addition to any woodworking shop whether big or small, pro or amateur.
Rikon’s new 10-in. bandsaw is a worthy addition to any woodworking shop whether big or small, pro or amateur. Small bandsaws like this are often derided as toys that can’t do precision work or don’t have enough power— not the case with this little critter. The 1⁄2-hp motor has all the power needed to resaw at its maximum capacity of 5 in., even in gnarly hardwood. I installed a 1⁄2-in., 4-tpi blade and found the rip/resaw rate to be very acceptable. It also did a fine job on curves. The single 2-1⁄2-in. dust-collection port at the bottom of the lower wheelhouse, combined with a small vent that allows air to be drawn in directly below the lower guides, does a good job of controlling dust.
The bandsaw frame and upper guide post are rigid, providing a good base for accurate resawing. The guides adjusted without tools, and setup overall was low-stress and easy. A little window on the end of the upper wheel house allows blade tracking even
with the door closed.
The saw has two speeds: 3,280 sfpm (surface feet per minute) for wood and 1,515 sfpm for soft metals and some plastics. A 13-3⁄4-in. by 12-1⁄2-in. table creates ample space for workpiece support. A securely locking, two-position high/low fence makes rip and resaw setups easy and secure. Small size doesn’t equal small performance with the 10-306. It’s a little workhorse that can pull its weight around the shop.
—Roland Johnson wrote the book on bandsaws (The Complete Illustrated Guide to Bandsaws, The Taunton Press, 2014).
From Fine Woodworking #279