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Good Tool - Value for the Price
Colorado Springs, CO
RIKON 6" x 48" Belt / 10" Disc Sander
I have a variety of Festool sanders, a Jet oscillating sander. I bought this belt/disc combo because of its ability to complement those tools. This Rikon isn't near the quality of those sanders, but it gets the job done nicely. Caught it on a great sale a Woodcraft – And for the price/value combination, couldn't be more pleased. Having heard about the terrible packing and damaged products, I had the Woodcraft folks open it in the store. Perfect. Reading about the weight, I had them load it in my vehicle. When I got home, I took out the table and other parts, leaving just the sander to manage. No problem. Some of the parts are plastic and the switch is cheap. But… The base of the sander is cast metal and it is very stable, helping the disc and the belt track very well. Changing the belt takes about 5 minutes and requires a little disassembly. Dust collection wasn't hard to solve with an adapter, but as others have noted, it doesn't do a very thorough job. The assembly instructions (photos) are absolutely awful. But, having done other tool setups, and searching online for photos, got the job done. I mounted it on a HTC PM1000 Portamate mobile base - Very stable and just the right height. A good tool – At a good value.
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
a adequate tool, not great, notbad.
glen allan MS
the large belt is great,the sander's good and heavy
i wish it ran a little faster
Non-Existent Technical Support
Old Shop Teacher
Purchased this at our local store in original carton. Setup the machine following the instructions in the manual. So far so good. Turned the machine on and the belt immediately tried to leap off the rollers. Tracking adjustement simply did not work. Called Rikon customer support line and they answered on the first ring (Wow! I'm impressed) Unfortnately tech support was out to lunch and a promise was given to return my call that day. Two days later no phone call (Now I'm not so impressed.) Called again and again answered on the first ring and tech support had left for the day. This was at 3:00 p.m. EST on a Thursday. Promise to call Friday a.m. Monday comes, no call. Third call, first ring, tech support in a meeting. (Now, I'm really not impressed!) Opened and disassembled the machine (thereby voiding my warranty) to find a yoke that was supposed to look like a "U" actually looks like a "Y." Took it out, rebent it, reassembled the machine and now it works fine. From what little I've been able to use the machine since it seems to do the job. My advice: don't bother calling tech support - it's a waste of your time - fix it yourself.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Good, but not great
I make boxes mostly. It is strong enough for that. The tall fence is great too. However, I don't care much for the minor disassembly needed to change a belt. The tension release just gets you started. You also have to remove the hardware related to the fence hardware and the shaft that holds it in place before you can get the installed belt off the machine. I like my older Detlta machine where all you needed to do was release the tension to remove tha belt.
Looks nice , but
I was generally disappointed with the set up of the sander. I use the sander in making wooden toys and other general shop projects. (1) The disc table assembly would not go together as instructed (steps 7 & 8, page 7 in manual), - the table will not fit to within 1/4" of the disc contrary of instructions. (2)one of the split washers for retaining the table supports (31a, 32a) broke in my hands (I stlll have to find some of them in a hardware store, and NO I didn't force it) and (3) the table angle pointer will not align with the angle scale to show table angle. I switched to this sanded when my Craftsman sander (purchased in the early 1980's - I hated top give it up) gave up and (4) have been disappointd with the dust collection - the Craftsman was far more efficient and I now have dust in places I've never had it before (LOTS OF PLACES). The Craftsman machine was FAR simpler in design and oerpation as well.
Great machine for the money
I particularly like the offset belt and disk. The 45 degree table is OK but the mitre gauge needs work:too sloppy but easily fixed. Would I buy one again? Sure!
Pretty Decent Sander
Cloxes and boxes
Lake Placid, Fl
I actually bought two of these, the second was offered as an upgrade for the 4" X 36" that was on backorder. Now that I've had them for a couple of months I have found they are pretty good units, although not perfect. Mine get heavy use (I make boxes and clocks) I use one for rough sanding and one for finishing. Belt change is a little slow on these units. Also the rubber stops used when in the horizontal position do not line up on either of my units and the rubber is already shot from vibration. They do have sufficient power and overall are pretty good for the money.
I am satisfied with this purchase.
Dave the scroller
Before I got the belt adjusted correctly, I had accidentally sanded one edge of the plastic shield that channels the dust to the vacuum. Removing the belt involves removing a couple of parts. It is easy once you figure it out yourself. The printed manual wasn't extremely helpful. I figured out what to loosen by looking at the manual on-line. The picture was much clearer.
I'll try to remember to wear gloves next time I use this machine. With a 220-240 grit belt, it just takes a second to draw blood and many days for your finger/s to heal.
UPS literally dropped the box by my front door. Taking the product to the basement workshop should have involved two people, since this sander is very heavy.
I would buy this product again and again
"I would buy this product again and again"
Keep saving for a better sander
Thought I was buying a good tool for making templates and also small parts for toy trucks I make for my kids but this machine has under-performed. The disc sander works O.K. but the belt sander has a bad vibration. I called the Rikkon rep and was told to loosen the belt, but that did not help. I think the problem is that the teeth on the belt and the large gear are not exactly the same spacing so every third of a turn the gear picks up the belt until the tension pulls it back into the teeth creating a vibration. My porter cable belt sander clamped to a bench is much smoother and easier to use than this. Overall, keep on saving and get a better machine.
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