Rikon has been making pro tools that are well-suited and ideal for advanced band saw hobbyists as well as for everyone’s use. One of their highly-rated models is the Rikon 10-305 that bears the Rikon’s solid steel design. With all its features and design, this model is believed to be the combination of the best attributes of the 10-325 and 10-345 models.
It has a series of spectacular features from its steel plate framing to its large cast iron table with an edge facing thrust bearings. This band saw is also a model for great functionality with its 1/8 inch to ½ inch blade range, fence with adjustable guide post height, and its 2 and ½ inches of dust port that will keep your work area clean.
The Rikon 10-305 with its small band saw offers the same qualities that large band saws can offer. It can also serve as a full size and production type bench top band saw that can be effective for a wide range of woodwork applications.
Compact Form and Design
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With its 10 inches saw, the Rikon 10 305 boasts its compact form factor and design. Just looking at the saw, it is obvious that Rikon has really a keen focus on the design and building of the device. From the setting up of this band saw on the workbench to putting it back on the table after work, it is all made easier.
It is equipped with a top compartment that can easily be opened by turning the knobs. Blade changes for this device are also made easier and quicker because of its easy door swing. The wheel and all its metal pieces are placed behind the compartment. Another feature that makes Rikon 10-305 pretty good is its tension mechanism that is placed behind the wheel.
On the lower compartment, there is also a similar wheel that spins quite smoothly owing to the metal bearings that are friction-free. There is also a small brush at the top of the wheel that functions as a cleaner of the saw dust coming from the wheel. The saw dust collection pocket is also well-located in the southeast of the wheel.
1/3 Horsepower Motor
One of the key features that make Rikon 10-305 a great band saw is its 1/3 HP motor that is located at the rearmost base of the power tool. This type of motor is best suited for bowls and pen blanks but it also has a reliable performance when used for other materials. Although its designed motor can appear to be a bit less, it has been certified to have the necessary power for cutting pine, cherry, and even oak wood.
Though you have the choice to use a larger motor and bigger band saw for larger projects, the Rikon 10-305 can still be effective. In addition, this band saw makes the least sound because of its mellowed down motor.
Rikon Power Tools 10-305 Features and Specifications
- The Rikon 10-305 band saw features a micro adjustable guidepost that can raise and lower the post height with just a turn of the handle.
- It is designed with a rip fence that is about 2 meters tall and can slide through half the width of the table.
- Rikon 10-305 also features a height of 4 and 5/8 inches and a width of 9 and 5/8 inches re-saw capacity.
- It is designed with an edge facing thrust bearings.
- It includes a large cast – iron table that is attached at the near center of the table and vibrates only slightly when cutting wood.
- This also features a 2780 ft/min of speed with a lock-out paddle switch that will increase safety and prevent children from trying to power the device whenever you are not around.
Rikon Power Tools 10-305 Reviews
For its price and functionality with all its features, the Rikon 10-305 is rated 8.6 out of 10. With its heavy and sturdy construction, it can surely last for a long time. You can especially take advantage of tracking adjustments because it doesn’t really require a high knowledge to use and work through it.
Moreover, the large cast iron table is quite an advantage and the saw can cut through whatever wood there is. It is truly handy and well-made.
Things to Improve
There is really no major weaknesses for the Rikon 10-305 band saw. However, the really picky customers might complain about the bearing guide that doesn’t allow for the adjustment of its 1/8-inch blade. Some concerns are about the placement of the rear roller guide bearing being too far and can lead to premature blade dulling.