Day 2’s biggest news at the Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers Fair in Las Vegas was the revelation that Rikon Power Tools is launching nearly two dozen new tools. While many manufacturers debuted anywhere from zero to six new tools—primarily because the down economy has put a hold on product development—Rikon rolled out 20 new models. This effectively doubles Rikon’s product line.
Most known for its steel-frame bandsaws, Rikon launched five new bandsaws: a 22” behemoth with a 3-hp motor; an 18” wood- and metal-cutting model with electronic variable speed and digital readout; a 16” model with a 2-hp motor and 12” of resaw capacity; a 12” loaded model that’s a smaller replica of Rikon’s 14” deluxe model; and a 10” benchtop model with a cast iron table and 1/3-hp motor.
Rikon also showed off five new wood lathes, four dust collectors with inlets that can be positioned up or down, a 16” planer with unbelievable access to the cutterhead, 10″ and 12″ jointer/planer combo machines, and a 10” hybrid tablesaw.
Laguna Tools also launched four new European-style bandsaws: a 14” 2-hp model for $1,300; 14” 3-hp model for $1,500; 16” for $1,795; and an 18” for $2,195.
More to come…