Rikon 10-305 Band Saw with Fence Review

Ratings
  • Ease of Use - 9.3/10
    9.3/10
  • Value - 9.4/10
    9.4/10
  • Cutting - 9.4/10
    9.4/10
  • Durability - 9.3/10
    9.3/10

Summary

If you are looking for a portable band saw that is not heavy to move around, that is easy to adjust and that takes only a little space in your workshop, this is it.

9.4/10
With a large iron cast table, powerful conductor motor and edge facing thrust bearing, this unit gives you a cutting capacity that is typical of power tools from Rikon. In addition, these features give you all the cutting capacity of a standard power tool without compromising your convenience. You will also be able to enjoy extra functionality with the provision of an optional stand with this unit. And with the 2-1/1-inch dust port, you will be able to keep your work area clear of dust.

When you buy this equipment, you won’t have the feeling of loss you might have with other models because you are going to be blessed with all the necessary features that will make life easy for you.

Features

  • This equipment is constructed from solid metal frame to ensure durability and long lasting usage.
  • The Rikon 10-305 Band Saw is designed with a cast iron table in order to provide a sturdy work surface.
  • It is crafted with a removable rip fence that can be removed for free hand work.
  • This unit comes with a powerful motor to provide an easy route for cutting.
  • This equipment also comes with an adjustable hand guidepost for lowering and raising the guidepost height with ease.

Pros

  • This unit will be able to cut through all the hardwood without giving you any issues. This is one of the important aspects of this unit, once you pay the asking price, you will be able to enjoy the quality of performance offered by this band saw.
  • It is solidly built to for additional durability. This unit comes with a solid metal frame that makes this unit strong and last you for a couple of years so that you don’t have to worry about replacement for a long time.
  • This band saw can easily be adjusted thus making the usage of the machine exciting. One of the most important features of a band saw is the ease at which it can be adjusted. This makes your work easier and fun to do. Another feature of this unit is that it allows you to change the blades on it without having any trouble.
  • Many customers have praised this unit for the easy-to-control feed rates as well as having the capacity to cut through hard materials like Purple Heart. Even with little experience using band saws, you will find this unit easy to use with minimal adjustments. With the press of a button, you can easily slide up and down the cutting edge – thus making what should be a manual work automatic.
  • The most important thing about this unit is that it does what it says it would do – thus making it easy for those who have high expectation of the unit.
  • Considering the level of performance of this unit, we believe that it is a quality band saw for the price. In other words, not only is it affordable, but it also justifies its price.
  • This machine is a very nice option for the amateur hobbyist who is looking for a nice band saw for cutting tons of materials. It is quicker and is much easier to use than a scroll saw. In addition, this band saw would also serve as a great investment since it will be used for many years to come.

Cons

  • It might be too tall for your bench. You should definitely expect this even if it’s the picture alone that you see. A quick fix could be to construct a stout stand for this unit when it arrives.
  • Setting this up may require a considerable time and some tweaking especially if you are a beginner. You have to make sure that the upper and lower bearings go through the proper modification so that you can have the correct clearance. However, how you can do these and more is adequately explained in the instruction manual.
  • It does not have an attached LED (Light Emitting Diode) light. This would make it easy to work in a dark work area or at night. However, you can get a gooseneck lamp with LED on it.
  • Some of the reviewers of this product actually complained about the price of this unit – that it is quite expensive when compared with other models like the Sears Craftsman 10 inch band saw, etc.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a portable band saw that is not heavy to move around, that is easy to adjust and that takes only a little space in your workshop, this is it. Unlike other power tools like the Powermatic, you don’t have to drag this around to where you need it; and besides it is a great product for the money as it comes with lots of amazing features.

Because of the affordability and functionality, we recommend this band saw as a good buy. If you want the best performance but also don’t want to pay too much for a power tool, we recommend that you purchase this.