Anyone with experience with Rikon 20-100 6-Inch Jointer (or alternative suggestions)

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Forum topic by redhermes posted 02-19-2010 04:45 AM 9141 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2010 04:45 AM


I am trying to decide between the 6 inch Rikon 20-100 and the Jet 6-Inch long bed. The Rikon is cheaper, but I can’t find many reviews of it.

Any comments, recommendations, alternatives, etc. greatly appreciated.


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#1 posted 02-19-2010 05:18 AM

I have an older Jet 6 inch standard length jointer (blue paint, not white) and have few complaints about the quality. I do wish for more capacity and setting the knives can be a pain, so that Jet you’re looking at is a bit nicer. You have to ask yourself if it is really worth the extra money.

I would say to buy the largest capacity jointer your shop space and budget will allow. For that price, you are right in the neighborhood of some 8 inch jointers which would of course offer more width, but likely more length as well. Not to mention more horsepower. I like my Jet for what it is and the price I paid ($250 used off craigslist) but when I can afford to upgrade to an 8 inch, I will.

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#2 posted 02-19-2010 07:12 AM

I have the Rikon 20-110, which is very similar. I think the only difference is the location of the on/off switch and I think the 20-110 has a slot which allows the cutterhead to be locked when changing the blades. As far as the jointer goes, I think it is OK but not great. The mechanism to adjust the fence is nice. I don’t think the tolerances on the fence are where they should be and the tables are difficult to adjust—those are my 2 biggest gripes. I never adjust the tables, it is setup to take a 16th or so off and that is all I ever do in a single pass. The fence is a bit of an issue though and that will likely vary from machine to machine—you may get lucky.

As far as 6” jointers go, I really can’t say if this is better or worse than any other. It seems to me they are all pretty much made in the same factory so it is unlikely there will be any that are far superior to another. I will say that this is the one machine in my shop I wish I could re-buy. Given the chance I would get an 8” or possibly a jointer/planer combo. The biggest reason I didn’t was my shop didn’t have wiring for 220, but the 6” draws a lot of power and seems strained at 110—especially when cold.

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#3 posted 02-19-2010 04:00 PM

Before finalizing your decision, I suggest that you check out Grizzly. I am very happy with mine. Here is the model I have -

Also – The March 2009 issue of Wood Magazine did an excellent review of 6” jointers. You can get to it online here - You should read this before finalizing your decision. It will cost you $4.95 to download the entire article but that could be money well spent considering you are about to spend several hundred dollars.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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