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Rikon 18" bandsaw 10-347

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by Bill T Tucker, Sep 12, 2020.

  1. Bill T Tucker

    Bill T Tucker

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    Thinking about upgrading my old trusty 14" band saw and have been reading about the Rikon 10-347...4 horse and 19" re-saw. Just wondering if anyone on here has experience with this saw or knows of anyone who has used it. What do you/they think about it and what have you heard?
    Thanks
     
  2. Don Wattenhofer

    Don Wattenhofer

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    I googled it and it looks like the basic machine was made in the same Chinese factory as my 18" Delta band saw. The only real difference that I could see was the increased height and it looks like it has a rack and pinion for the table tilt. There may be improvements in some of the details that would only be evident with a comparison between the various brands that are based on the basic Chinese design.
     
  3. Bill T Tucker

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    Thanks Don...by the way, how long have you had your Jet 18" and how do you like it?
     
  4. Randy Anderson

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    Not sure of the differences other than size but I bought the Rikon 10-326 (14") earlier this year and really like it. The tool free bearing guides are nice and the rack and pinion table is very handy. The fence has a very nice feature for squaring it up to the blade that I didn't appreciate until I used it. No complaints so far. If you're gonna be in the bowl business you gotta have a big mean bandsaw. I have ruined a couple of green wood blades on mine but my own fault really. The thumb knobs to tighten the bearing guides need to be really tight, especially the thrust bearing. I just snugged mine up and it slipped, blade went too far in and side bearings flattened all the teeth. Other time I started it with blade not tensioned and blade got messed up enough to call it done.
     
  5. Don Wattenhofer

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    I have had my Delta 18" band saw for about 5 years and it was used when I got it so I don't know haw old the machine is.
     
  6. Tim Tucker

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    I have had the Rikon 10-347 for about a year. Love it. Great power, features and fit and finish. I chose it over a Laguna because I saw no difference ( other than a great customer service record for RIKON, and a well....very spotty one for Laguna...) RIKON built their factory in China, and they have RIKON employees there as QC folks. As a comparison - Laguna has parts built in China by various contracts. Those are sent to Italy, and assembled, and sold as "Italian" saws.:D I think the 10-347 is the best value available. 4hp, 19" - and fantastic bearing guides....

    Coincidentally...I sold a Jet 18" before I bought the RIKON
     
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  7. Bill T Tucker

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    Thanks. Kinda looks too good to be true for the $$, keep waiting for the bad shoe to fall :confused:
     
  8. Rob Fridenberg

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    All of these imports share many of the same parts - how else could they be priced as low as they are?? This Rikon looks like it shares many parts with my Laguna 18BX. Looks like a great saw!

    Years ago, I was calling a Crazy Benzys store (a Harbor Freight type store - before there was HF) and asked what brand of air tools they sold. Their response was - it doesn't matter. If you buy enough of them they will put your name on them!!

    Still makes me laugh almost 40 years later and is still true today.
     
  9. Timothy White

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    Rob. Is that a GT40 in your avatar?
     
  10. Rob Fridenberg

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    I recall that it was a Porsche 917 in the Gulf "livery" (as they say!), which was also used on the Ford GT40. One of my favorite color combos!

    I once had a 2006 Ford GT for a weekend (I used to work in the Ford Performance group) in the Gulf livery that people absolutely lost their minds over when seeing this car on the road! Stunning. Sorry - my heart is starting to race again.....
     
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  11. Tim Tucker

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    After a year of pretty frequent use cutting a lot of large blanks and piping a considerable amount of lumber - I would say that the shoe has dropped. And it landed solidly on - "buy another RIKON" maybe even bigger next time:D
     
  12. Anthony Yakonick

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    I have an 18" Rikon I bought in 05, I have to replace guide bearings now and then. My kids will sell it
     

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