10" Bench Top Bandsaw, Model 10-305
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Good little machine. I bought the last one they had and it was a floor model a little fine tuning and it works great. Upgrading from ryobi that someone gave me
Rikon benchtop bandsaw
I have used mine quite a bit and and real happy with it. The only negative is the miter fence isn't the best plus the miter slot is 5/8 inch rather than the standard 3/4 inch that seems to be standard on other power tools. I made a miter fence out of scrap plywood.
Great little saw
This a great little 10" saw. It goes through hardwood no problem, all metal construction, can't beat it for the price.
Great saw for the money
Just picked this saw up today at the local store on OKC. Assembly was a breeze. Had the thing up and running in 30-45 minutes. This has to be the best benchtop unit out there. I have a larger 14" BS that I wanted to dedicate to re sawing and use this one for the curvey cuts as I hate changing blades. Very smooth running, no adjustments needed out of the box, and dust collection is better than my Steel City 14. I couldn't be more pleased at this point.
I "tried" to buy a Jet 10" bandsaw. After two attempts to get one delivered that wasn't broken in shipping due to poor packaging, I decided to get this Rikon at Woodcraft this past weekend. There was a sale that included an Olsen Blade and a Carter guide, all for $299. I was going to pay $374 for the Jet. First difference I have to point out is that the packaging in the Rikon is FAR superior to the Jet. Also, the parts on the Jet that were smashed from the cast table sloshing around inside the box when the Styrofoam disintegrated were plastic (motor cover and impellers). The Rikon had all cast parts, so even if something came loose in the box, there was nothing that would happen to the saw. I proceeded to do the setup thinking I would be there for a few hours based on other people saying how long it took them. Well either this saw is exceptionally easy to set up, or I'm a genius, because I was done and running in less than 30 minutes. I didn't put the Olsen blade on right away as I wanted to check it out with what it came with. It tracked dead straight and cut a sharp curve in a 2x4 like it was butter. Overall, I couldn't be happier with this bandsaw. I bought it after getting a Rikon Lathe from Woodcraft which was also an excellent tool.
I have owned larger bandsaws (Delta), this compares in quality, but much smaller. I have very limited space, much better built than comparable units (Ryobi)less than double the price on sale. Blade guides a little fussy to adjust.
Best tool in its category!
I use this saw to cut curved and beveled parts for wooden boat construction. I have mine mounted on a steel cart with lockable casters. The table height is about 42" from the floor and that seems to be very convenient for me. I very rarely resaw with this tool but it has done well enough when needed. If you need more saw than this you will likely need to spend 3 to 4 times as much for a high quality 14" or larger saw. This was a gift from my wife. Thanks, Hon!
You get more than you pay for!
Before purchasing this saw I read all the reviews here and all over the web. I needed a band saw and was saving for the Deluxe 14" model... then I used one of these 10-inchers a friend owns and found it does everything I "NEED" a band saw to do, so I bought it and have been totally satisfied with it. A lot of people whine about it not having miter gauge, and that the miter slot is non-standard. Many also complained about the Rikon Miter Gauge for the 10-305 being junk. With my calipers in hand, I checked out the Table Saws at Sears knowing that Sears is famous for non-standard size miter gauges; checked out the display models and found thee different miter gauges the were an exact fit to the 10-305's miter slot. I selected what I thought would work best for me and ordered as a replacement part. Two days later, I took delivery of it, and have been using it on my Rikon 10-305. To tell the truth, it fits my band saw better than it fit the table saw it was designed for. I purchased a top of the line blade for Resawing, and have since resawed hundreds of feet of 3-inch square Maple and Oak. I purposely saw them a little wide and then send them through my thickness plainer. In conclusion I am getting top of the line performance that I expected a 10-inch bad saw to give me. I don't expect it to act like a 14-inch saw!
Good Saw in Spite of Itself
I have owned this saw for 4 months. First, the good: I have rough cut many, many pen blanks, UHMWPE, PVC, and aluminum on this saw, with the stock blade, and it's done a really good job, and I'm satisfied. Also, it's a good size, as space in my workshop is extremely limited. Secondly, the bad: Why on Earth would they make the miter slot 5/8"?? I have scoured the interweb looking for an upgrade from the Rikon 5/8" miter gauge designed for this saw (which is basically garbage), and there is NOTHING. I would have liked to have been able to perform more precise cuts on this saw. I think the lousy miter gauge and so-so fence will prohibit me from doing that. Overall: As a novice woodworker, I wish I'd have had the knowledge and experience to know to look out for something like a non-standard miter slot. I might have gone for the 14" and paid a little extra, or just gone a different route, had I known this saw's limitations. I like the saw, but the 5/8" miter slot just seems malicious on Rikon's part.
Has satisfied my needs.
I'm a beginner in woodworking and in what I have used the Rikon for so far has worked flawlessly. I've have cut hardwood such as Mohagony and Maple with no problem encountered only a bit slower in feeding than say pine. I've only had it for a month.
On the fence with this one.
Washer missing from lower blade guide,upper guide won't stay square when lowered,poor machining.Not to bad considering the price.
Good saw, bad stand
A nice tabletop saw for a small shop
I've only had it a short time, but using it for resawing boards it does a great job.
Rikon 10" band saw Model 10-305
The set up is fairly easy. I had some difficulty with the lower bearing carrage for the blade guide and the trunion for the tble but overall it was not that hard to get running. The lower bearing guide darraige was poorly machined and had to be replaced. The thrusr bearing did not advance foreward enough to meet the one eighth blade,. The replacment had the same problem and the face of the carraige was not machined true to a ninty degree surface so it required adjusting the carraige on the carrier bar to make it reach properly. Poor machining. My saw had a vibration set up by the uppr wheel that made the say operate in an unsafe manner. The replacment wheel that was sent had the same problem but it was less out of balance so the vibration is acceptable now.The mount plate for the lower guide bearings was out of true and had to be adjusted so that the bearings meet the blade properly. Slightly undr powred but plenty for the home shop. I can cut two and a half inch walnut at about 16 inches in thirty seconds. No where to mount a light over the balde. I had to manufacture one to fit the top of the saw frame. Heavy enough to not junp around but lite enough to slide around on the bench.Overall construction seems strong enough but the overall machining seems to leave a lot to be desired. Not a bad investment for the small shop and looks like it will pay for itself. Would not recommend for anyone who does not understand machines. Some of the surfaces are not finished that well and can cause difficulty for the ameture but the customer service can solve most problems if you hang in there. They did send me all the parts I needed to get my saw running properly but at times they seemed somewhat reluctant to accept feedback. I found the trunion that adjusts the table tilt to be hard to assemble and the tightining wing nut is hard to reach without turning the saw. The lower thrust bearing for the blade is hard to adjust because the lower wheel is very close and the adjustment is on the inside instead of the outside. Not impossibel though. The fence is very poor but if youcheck is with a trisquare from the edge of the table it is adequate.
This little bench top rocks at making small parts and small projects . Don't buy this saw thinking it will do what a 14" bandsaw will do cause it will not. However if your using it for making blanks for small lathe projects or making models , small boxes , scrolling etc... It does a really nice job with plenty of power. The after market carter blade stabilizer works really well with 1/8" to1/4" blades. Get a few after market blades as the blade that comes with it is not very good. I have cut Osage Orange, ebony, paduk, purple heart , coco bolo and several other hard woods with no problems just go a little slower. Some up to 4" thick. The fence is okay but light duty. I will probably get the carter mag fence for this saw. The table is cast iron and mine is dead flat as far as I can tell with a good straight edge. [@] does offer a knock off of this saw but after looking them over the finish is better on the rikon plus a five year warranty sears only offers 1 year. Great customer service again from Spokane Woodcraft . Thanks great staff.
great job resawing with new blade
does an extremely good job re-sawing up to 4 inches thick when used with a very good blade.
Great for the money
New to my shop, I've used this bandsaw about ten times. Worked perfectly for what I needed it for. Great for minor projects
Great product for my woodworking projects. Does exactly what I need it to do without taking up a lot of space.
Very nice quality saw
Great product. I had a little trouble with the shipping due to some delays with backordering (and backordering to the backordering). Overall the saw is very nice though, and serves its purpose perfectly in my shop. Was set up and using it within minutes of its arrival.
just right for the job
it is a good product but it sgould have been sold with guide for angles cutting
Too many problems
This bandsaw was purchased to be setup for small scroll type work in wood, plastic and thin metals. The thought of being able to have a benchtop bandsaw for biulding the smaller model stuff I use, the better. This is my 5th bandsaw between home and work. I have extensive use with setting up and using bandsaws. The saw has many shortcomings. Tracking the blade is extremely frustrating, the smallest adjustments make the blade jump off of the wheel. I have not checked for the wheels being coplaner, but this could be part of the problem. This is not something that you should have to adjust. The guides are setup for much bigger than scroll work blades. I plan on using 1/8" blades and the guides cannot be setup like you typically would to ensure high quality cuts. The adjustments of the guides are very course and do not allow for alignment as you would expect. Rather than have adjustment knobs and locking knobs, to cut cost they are integrated into the same thing. This saw would be ok setup with a 1/4" or 3/8" blade for rough cutting of stock. At this point I cannot recommen it for anything more.
solid build, well conceived, compact
After going through three large band saws in my woodworking career of almost 50 years, it came time to start down sizing the shop in deference to less space, and aging (I am 72) But After a year, I realized I could not survive without some kind of band saw. The Rikon fits the bill for those few times when only a band saw will do, and it does so without taking up a lot of space, or breaking my back to move it, or endless fiddling because of poor design. Small can be good.
Nice Small Saw
After looking at All benchtop and low end standing band saws I settled on this little Rikon. This is the 3rd tool from Rikon I have owned. The company has top notch Customer service which cannot be Overstated!As far as a Benchtop saw, there is nothing else out there that I found that was really a serious option. Others were poorly constructed and most I doubt could be set up accurately enough to be of real use. I was a little afraid of the 1/3 hp motor, but after using the saw for a month now, It has plenty of torque for the resaw height. I wish it was variable or 2 speed, but at it's price point that's a bit much to ask. The blade guides are a bit hairy to adjust but once you hit the sweet spot it's stays there. My setup time took about an hour and a half. I also wish it had a standard miter slot. I am still waiting on the Rikon miter gauge to ship from backorder. I cannot coment on the mitergauge since I have not actually seen it, however it appears to be very cheap. The rip fence works but It could stand improvement. I have used it to slice some veneer from black walnut and from cherry. Mind you these are narrow 4" wide pieces, but with a slow steady hand it did an excellent job. Overall I am pleased and enjoy the saw very much.
For the price, I wasn't expecting too much. Also, this is my first bandsaw, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I did not expect the factory blade to rip 3/4" oak as straight and square as can be. I do a lot of very fine woodworking, professionally, mostly by very expensive hand tools, I got this to save time for rough cutting, but didn't expect the precision this thing provides. And I didn't expect this saw to cut smoother than a larger craftsman bandsaw I tried in a colleague's workshop. Or run so quiet and not vibrate at all. And I didn't expect it to be so easy to adjust. Not having ever owned a bandsaw, it took awhile to put together, I didn't even know what a trunion was, the manual was adequate, good pics, but still took a a while to figure out what it was trying to say. The table is quite heavy. The rip fence is quite light, feels a bit cheap, but it works. The table tilt seems a bit cumbersome, haven't needed to try it yet, may never need to. All I can say is wow. So easy and cuts so well. I'm tickled.
I-1/2 weeks old & has a knock!!!!!!!!
After 1-1/2 weeks it has developed a cyclic knock when running. Drives you nuts. Rikon says its the belt, but nothing is apparent on belt.
I was a little apprehensive about this saw when I first purchased it, but after getting it home and doing a half hour set up, I was amazed how well it made straight cuts as well as scroll cuts. It cuts hardwoods like butter and the accuracy is exceptional. The rip guide locks solidly and doesn't move. I had a miter guide that fit the table groove laying around the shop but made a couple of cutting "sleds" for doing 90's and angles. This little saw is a giant! Thanks for making such an exceptional piece of equipment Rikon!
Outstanding for the small shop
This bandsaw is a great value for a small shop where a larger saw would take up too much space and where it would be an occasional use powertool.
very good saw for the money. I wish it would have come with a mitre gauge,I had to order one from Woodcraft.[...]
I am very impressed with the quality/cost of this saw. I did a lot of research on 10" band saws, and most of them are poorly made. I do a lot of small repair work in shop, and in the field and wanted portability in a saw I could rely on to be accurate and last. The machining and casting is well done, table was nicely finished and flat, even the paint work on the case is great! The only 2 things that I can say I didn't like were: 1.the blade height tightening knob is a bit flimsy. 2.the rip fence design could be improved. All in all, this is an excellent little saw, and I would highly recommend it.
I would buy this product again
Has odd size blade 70.5 inch. Having hard time finding one. Custom made are very expensive. I like the saw. It fits fine in my small workshop.
By all accounts this seems like a nice little unit for the money. It was easy to set up and get working. The only draw back I have noticed is that the Miter slot is very small and this unit doesn't come with a Miter Gauge. I also couldn't find one where I bought it or On-line. I even ckecked the Rikontools web site. Other than that, nice, well-built product.
One mighty fine bandsaw
This little bandsaw is Great! But I WISH it had come with a mitergauge! I'm a penturner and i do alot of inlays and segments. and i use the mitergauge a lot! The fence is on the light side. But it does not move when it's locked into place. For the money this is a nice saw.
One great little saw
Will be using in fine woodworking.