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...
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.
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.