The Rikon 10-325 Deluxe Band Saw simply delivers as far as saws go. It has a self-cleaning 4-inch dust port, a huge 16 inch by 21½ inch work table, a hinged blade guard with sight window so that you can better see what you’re doing, and two speeds: 1,445 feet per minute and 2,950 FPM.
There’s not much to complain about the product. The two speeds enable you to cut hard or medium depending on the material, plus the band saw has 13 inches of resaw capacity and unstoppable sharpness.
Besides that, the tabled tool also includes a ½-1 HP motor that’s 110/220 volts. Meanwhile, the tension windows and blade tracking allow for better blade alignment. It’s also a breeze to change blades with the Rikon 10-325.
It’s thanks to the two inches of access provided by the hinged blade guard that you can cleanly change blades (the saw accepts widths of ⅛ to ¾ inches) without twisting or risking injury. Blade installation and removal is a breeze. Just follow the instructions and voila, you’re finished in next to no time at all. You can also operate the bad saw horizontally due to its quick release blade tension.
As for the iron table, its dimensions are 16 inch by 21½ inch, which means you have a lot of room to work with and it’s quite stable to boot. That’s because it’s supported by the one-piece trunnion system, ensuring wobble-free balancing no matter what the speed of your saw, 1,445 feet per minute and 2,950 FPM.
The only real “cons” about the Rikon 10-325 Saw is shipment time, specifically when you have to move it inside your home or garage. Here’s a head’s up: It weighs short of 260 pounds. Unless you’re a heavy lifter or bodybuilder, that’s going to at least make you break a sweat. It’s not unbearable to manipulate, but it takes getting used to.
The package includes two cartoons, one containing the body of the saw and one containing everything else you need assembling. You should unpack everything else first before you unpack the saw. It’s much safer to do this than to lift the unit out from the start. If anything, it’s worth tearing some foam and cardboard up just to keep your unpacking experience as safe as possible.
In conclusion, the Rikon 10-325 14-Inch Saw is a highly recommended product. Sure, unpacking it and assembling it might pose as a challenge, but once you have the unit up and running, it will all be worth it. After all, it comes complete with benefits like hinged steel doors and a spacious compartment that house the cast iron wheels and tools. The cabinet is perfect for jigs, blades, and tool storage. It also has a heavy duty fence, work light, guide bearings and adjustable blade.
In short, the Rikon 10-325 hits all the right notes and fulfills all the standards of a good, dependable saw. There’s not much to complain about it as long as it’s assembled right (which takes eight hours).