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"SHOP-PROVEN PRODUCTS" TEST RESULTS

Editor Test-Drive

Tester: Bob Hunter
Manufacturer: Rikon
Price: $750
Contact information: 877-884-5167
Internet: rikontools.com
Performance Rating (1-5 stars): 5

Rikon's 10-325 might be the finest 14" woodworking bandsaw on the market. It has all the power you'll need for any task with heavy-duty cast-iron components to deliver that power and absorb vibration. With its 13" resaw capacity you'll never need to add a riser block while still getting nearly perfect rips that require little sanding or planing. It has many standard features that are not included on comparably priced bandsaws.

Using a 3/4"-wide TimberWolf blade, I resawed 13"-wide white oak, cherry, and hard maple, and this saw powered through each with ease, yet still maintained 1/32" or less of blade deflection throughout the cut. That will save turning precious wood into sanding dust or planer chips. I used 1/4" and 1/2" inch blades to cut circles and curves tighter than the manufacturer recommends with no problems.

High Points and Low Points

  • 13" of resaw capacity, with no need for a riser block.
  • Cast-iron wheels and 1-1/2-hp motor power through tough cuts with ease.
  • Soft-start motor runs on 110-volt electricity.
  • Large 16x21-inch table with two miter slots.
  • Sturdy aluminum fence that removes quickly, locks tightly, and can be positioned 4" tall or 1/2" tall to reach under the blade guides for short, narrow rips.
  • Once positioned, the microadjustable ball bearing blade guides keep the blade from twisting and deflecting during cuts.
  • This saw exhibited no blade drift and almost no blade deflection in our testing.
  • A quick-release tension lever reduces the number of turns on the tensioning rod, making blade changes quicker, and it also prolongs the life of the blade and tires when you release the tension when not in use.
  • Closed cabinet below the saw provides storage for the rip fence, miter gauge, resaw pivot, and owner's manual when not in use.
  • Flexible worklight illuminates your cutline.
  • 4" dust port, when hooked to at least a 1-1/2-hp dust collector, pulls nearly all dust from inside the saw.
  • A handy reference chart inside the lower door includes tension settings, blade selections, and troubleshooting information, so you don't have to go to the manual.

Low Points and More Information

  • The blade guides prove fussy to set accurately, as they utilize hex set screws, which move slightly when you tighten them.
  • Both table trunnions are located behind the blade, which means the table is cantilevered and awkward to position when changing the tilt angle.
  • This saw is rated at 14 amps by the manufacturer, but I kept tripping a 15-amp breaker. So you'll need a 20-amp circuit to run this machine.
  • You can use 1/8- to 3/4"-wide blades on this saw.