Rikon - Bearing Guide Retrofit Kit
The NEW Retrofit Kit, Model 10-900, will convert Rikon’s popular 10-325, as well as the new 10-324 bandsaws, to this tool-less blade guide system. The simplicity of this blade guide system is a...
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The simplicity of this blade guide system is a feature that every woodworker will appreciate. These innovative, patent-pending guides make setting the precision ball bearing guides fast and easy, with no tools required! Setting the guides takes just seconds. With just a turn of the large knobs, the bearings are freed from their previous positions. Internal springs that push on the rear bearing mounting posts will automatically force the bearings safely away from the bandsaw blade. Then, by pushing on the guides’ rear posts or even using the knobs themselves, the bearings can be moved into your desired spot next to the blade and secured in position by a twist of the same knobs. The ball bearing guides reduce heat building friction, increase blade life, and contribute to the smooth operation of the machine during cuts.
The Rikon Bearing Guide Retrofit Kit includes upper and lower side and rear thrust bearing assemblies, blade guards, guard height scale and complete instructions for installation and use.
Difficult install, but worth the upgrade.
I must have an older Rikon 10-325 saw. The upper bearing went in according to spec. BUT, the lower bearing was a nightmare. The instructions did not match my saw. The bracket that holds the bearing needed to have the mounting bolt hole moved to center. That involved drilling and tapping a new hole in the new bracket. The new lower bearing lacks a hole in the back to receive a metal mounting pin sticking out from the saw frame. The older bearing set slipped onto this pin. The pin blocking the install was removed by taking off the table (you'll need a buddy) and then disassembling the table mount assembly that tilts the table. The pin was installed on the bottom of the mount and held by a set screw hidden in a deep recess. Fortunately, it was removed without cutting. After reassembly, the new lower bearing could be positioned back far enough to allow the blade to pass properly. What should have taken a couple of hours turned in to a three afternoon ordeal. Maybe your saw will go easier. On the positive side, the new bearings are much larger and beefier. The tool-less adjustment made setting up a new blade take just a couple of minutes.
Slight modification but a worthy upgrade
Same as the last reviewer I had to notch out the nib to get the lower bearings to fit my 2008 rikon saw. Keeps my blades on track with the ease of adjustment.
DH in Chattanooga: Kit Now Works Well on Older Saws
I did not encounter the issue a previous reviewer describes. My Rikon 10-325 was bought in 2005, so it is one of the very early ones. I installed the bearing guide retrofit kit today without any problems. Rikon has changed the guide pin on the bottom assembly to a cap screw, which allows it to be removed when installing the kit on an older model like mine (without the slotted mounting hole) with a hex key instead of having to saw or grind it off. Everything fits, and the new bearings are a breeze to adjust and set.
Older 10-325 Rikon Bandsaw issue with retro kit
This bearing kit does not fit some of the older Rikon 10-325 Bandsaws. Mine is from 2007 and the lower bearing kit does not fit in the frame. Some cutting of the frame would be necessary for the bandsaw blade to track correctly in the bearing assembly since it can't move far enough to the left to line up correctly with the upper bearing assembly.