RIKON - 6" x 48" Belt, 10" Disc Sander with Stand, 50-122
The RIKON 50-122 6" x 48" Belt / 10" Disc Sander provides plenty of power and sanding capacity for shaping, fitting and surfacing various projects. This versatile 1HP machine features a 6"-wide x...
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Sander includes: Steel Stand, Miter Gauge, Safety On/Off Switch, Hex Wrenches, Sanding Belt, PSA Sanding Disc, Owner’s Manual and 5-Year Warranty.
- Motor: 1 HP, 120V, 60 HZ, 3,450 RPM (no load)
- Belt Size: 6" x 48"
- Belt Speed (no load): 1,836 FPM
- Disc Size Diameter (PSA): 10"
- Disc Speed (no load): 2,510 RPM
- Sanding Belt Frame Tilt: 0 – 90°
- Belt Fence Size: 8-3/16" x 2-1/8"
- Belt Fence Tilt: 90°
- Disc Table Size: 13" x 6-11/16"
- Disc Table Tilt: 90° - 45° (135°)
- Miter Gauge “T” slot: 5/8" x 1/4"
- Dust Port (1): 2" OD, 1-3/4" ID
- Power Cord: 6'
- Weight: 85 lbs.
Instructions / MSDS
Belt Tracking Problem Unfixable
Upon setting up and adjusting this sander, I found the belt tracking would not stabilize. Despite repeated fine adjustments with the adjustment knob, the belt would track off the end of the drum within 20 seconds of a re-adjustment. I called Rikon tech support who advised they have had tracking problems caused by insufficient tension on the drum bracket. They advised me do take this apart and try putting successive washers on the tensioner rod to try to increase the tension on the drum and then re-assemble, try the tracking, disassemble, add another washer,etc. This was not an easy task and I found that there was only space for a single washer and that didn't fix it. In the process, I found that the drum housing was rather thin gauge steel and I could flex the housing with my hands. Clearly, this flexing of the housing was part of the problem with the drum deflecting. I decided it wasn't my job to try to go through all this to try to compensate for a defective Rikon design and cheap material issue and I returned the sander. I then bought a Wen sander which in contrast uses much heavier gauge steel and a better tensioner design and find it tracks perfectly even under repeated loads.
Good sanding station
Cheaper than the Shop Fox W1676, same power & sanding size. Easy assembly and included a solid stand. It lost a star because the table is mediocre at best. The miter gauge is flimsy at best. And why, pray tell, did they make the miter gauge slot smaller than the industry standard?
Follow up from previous review
After receiving a defective unit, and working with Rikon customer service, they replaced the entire unit and provided me shipping labels to return the defective sander. That said, it would have been best for Rikon to not have shipped out what I received but mistakes are made. The important note here is that they stood behind their product and made it right. Thank you Rikon. Now lets see how well this sander performs!
Good Price, Poor Product Quality
I chose this Rikon product due to the price as compared to other similar products. Unfortunately, that was a mistake. I received the product and assembled it without any difficulties. When I powered it on the first time, I had to quickly turn it off as the 10" disc was wobbling terribly. Since it came installed that way, I removed it to see if it had been set up misaligned. On the back side of the disk, there are partial 5/8" holes drilled in the warped area as if someone thought the problem was balance and removing some aluminum would fix it. If they had set the disk on a flat surface and looked they'd have see the 1/8" inch of space on one side as compared to the opposite side (perhaps they did and didn't care). I called Rikon and they are more than willing to provide me a new disk but cannot say when that will be. After owning the sander for over a month now, and not being able to use it, frustration has gotten the better of me. Shipping an obviously defective unit to a customer and then not being able to make it right in a reasonable period of time is completely unacceptable. I hope that everyone considering a Rikon product takes this experience of mine into consideration and opts to purchase from another manufacturer.
So far so good
I haven't had this but only a week but have put it through its paces. So far it has taken whatever I have thrown its way. I like making bandsaw boxes and between this and a spindle sander they save me hours compared to hand sanding. it seems to be built solid with very little plastic which is mainly belt covers and such. It's not too noisey and runs smooth. You do have to do a bit of disassembly to change the sanding belt but nothing major. The reason for one star being deducted is because the disc table would not slide close enough to the to the disc, it left a 1/4" gap. Instead of taking this thing apart and boxing it up for return, I removed the table and used a die-grinder with a metal cutting bit to make the slots in the brackets longer so I could slide the table close enough to the disc. I would buy and recommend this product to others, that may change with time, if it does I will edit this review. I didn't use the base that came with it so can't say anything about it. I have read it's very sturdy. I can say for a open base it's very heavy. The reason I noted it has a good grip is because it has two handles for lifting the machine.