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Forum topic by moke posted 07-15-2015 04:08 PM 2386 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2015 04:08 PM

I have noted that Rikon has produced a new “mid-sized” Planer…anyone have any experience with it? I have a friend trying to replace his lunch box Delta….I have a 16 inch Jet and he thinks it is too much of a beast. (It is like 500 lbs) So he wants something in between. I noticed this new Rikon and wondered if it is ok or not.

We have another friend very vocal about some issues that he has had with his DeWalt. Whether it is a founded complaint or not, it is just easier to go with something else. This guy will talk about it everytime those two are together, so he absolutely is not going to get a DeWalt.

Thanks in advance for your help,

-- Mike

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#1 posted 07-15-2015 05:14 PM

Amazon has the 23-400 for just at 2k. I would choose oliver for that price. I believe the last quote I got for oliver was 1500 for a 16”. Thats just me. I have no experience with Rikon. For all I know they are the bees knees and I am missing a great deal by not jumping on this.

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#2 posted 07-15-2015 05:16 PM

Sometimes a person’s experience with a tool says more about the user than the tool. Either that or they got one with problems, which is also a good possibility. The DeWalt planers seem to be well liked by most, but it has had mixed reviews. There are lots of them here on LJ. My question is, will Rikon be any better? I doubt it. There will always be some problems from the factory with popular priced machine tools. I would be much more concerned about customer service from whoever I bought from. Usually a tool with a problem or two once fixed becomes a reliable machine if it is designed right in the first place and built with reasonably good quality components. This is my take and no insult meant to your long suffering DeWalt owner friend.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 07-15-2015 05:19 PM

My dw735 is a middle ground work horse.

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#4 posted 07-15-2015 05:25 PM

25-130 is the Model of Rikon I was referencing. I totally agree Mike, your thoughts are well stated….what it comes down to is whether he wants to keep this guy as his friend…on this issue he truly is a PITA…....and after all he keeps me as a friend too, so how good can his choices be?

Seriously, he doesn’t want a monster like mine, he want a “tweener”. Other than the Dewalt, and maybe the Delta ( who after a parts debacle on my jointer, I would never recommend), and Shop Fox ( he had a bad experience with Shop Fox tools) what else is there?

-- Mike

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#5 posted 07-15-2015 06:51 PM

woodcraft sells a 15” floor standing model.

EDIT: Woodteck

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#6 posted 07-16-2015 12:09 AM

If he’s willing to go used, there are the Delta and Rockwell 13” heavy duty planers (same machine with different badges). Lots of cast iron, and heavy, but at least they’re compact. In my experience, an excellent planer.

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#7 posted 07-16-2015 12:19 AM

13” Benchtop Planer #25-130H features a six row helical-style cutter head and 26 HSS insert cutters. Each indexable knife insert is precision sharpened on two edges and can be easily changed/rotated if damaged or worn. You simply loosen, rotate, and retighten! The alternating cutter pattern in the cutter head is superefficient, and produces a smooth cut surface. This planer also features a threaded 4-post housing for extra head stability when running, a side handle for quick table height adjustments, repeat cut setting lever, large fold-up extension tables, flat top for stock returning, and side carry handles. – See more at:

If it’s this one it seems to be of good value with the helical style cutter. I don’t have one but for
$550.00 it should to the job.

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#8 posted 07-16-2015 01:25 AM

Specs a appearance are exactly the same as the General I picked up last year. works great for a table top unit, do all my rough planning trough it but for more precise work I go to my old Hitachi F1000, talk about a ton of cast!

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#9 posted 07-16-2015 02:46 AM

I saw that at woodcraft, to have the spiral cutter head and only $550, curious to see how it works. Don’t have the money to upgrade at the moment, but when I do, wanting a bigger one besides my lunch box planer.

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#10 posted 07-16-2015 03:44 AM

Grizzly has a couple 12.5” “portable” planers in the $300 range (no helical cutter head though). I can’t speak to the reputation of the planers, but Grizzly tools are generally well liked and their customer service usually gets good reviews as well. Maybe that’s something for him to check out.

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#11 posted 07-16-2015 04:40 PM

THanks all for the input…

-- Mike

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