|Review by Brian024||posted 09-10-2010 02:01 AM||10520 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
After debating for a while on which jointer to get, I decided on this Rikon. This is the first jointer I have owned so I don’t have any other to compare but it is well built compared to the others I have used. When I bought it, Woodcraft had it on clearance for $299, the regular price was $450, I couldn’t pass it up.
It comes in 2 separate boxes, base/motor in one and the table/fence in the other, the total shipping weight was around 280 lb’s. The motor comes premounted in the base and is easy to access from the back after you take off the panel. The instruction book is easy to read and follow, the only problem is some of the pictures are dark and its tough to see what you are suppose to adjust. The table mounts really easy to the base, just be sure to have an extra par of hands to lift it up, it mounts with 3 bolts. 2 are easy to get to but the 3rd is in the dust chute which there is enough room to get to it, everything after that went smooth.
I did check to see if the tables and fence were flat and straight and mine were. The book explains how to adjust everything, which I didn’t have to do much as it seemed pretty close out of the box. On some descriptions I have read it says its a 1 hp motor, but it is a 1 1/2 hp, it comes pre wired for 120v but it dual rated to 240v which I plan to eventually do. Also includes a 4” dust port and a set of push paddles. Overall I’m very happy with this.