New Rikon helical planer?

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Forum topic by robert triplett posted 03-31-2014 02:18 AM 1651 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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robert triplett

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03-31-2014 02:18 AM

I just got the new Highland woodworking catalog and they have a Rikon 16” helical thickness planer listed. Anyone have any info or thoughts about this tool? I will be looking for a new planer in the next few months. Always nice to have someone experience to go by!!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#1 posted 03-31-2014 10:30 AM

Robert, I’m sorry I can’t speak about Rikon tools. I can recommend the 15” Powermatic with the Byrd Helix Head Cutter, but it is a significant investment. However, if you are doing some planing on most of your projects like your classy cutting boards, it would be a good idea to invest in this and a cyclone dust collector. It makes the work go much better and easier.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 03-31-2014 01:26 PM

Sorry no experience, I looked up online the machines just for kicks. Both the powermatic and the rikon are selling for the same price (2300). If it were me I would want to see the machines first hand before buying at that price. Find a local dealer and call around till you find a floor model.

Good luck.

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#3 posted 04-01-2014 01:18 AM

Robert, I just bought a Woodmaster 18” off Cl for $575 with a 5 HP motor. Not helical, but gloat worthy!

The cool thing about Woodmasters is you can add a helical head, an 18” drum sander head, gang rip blades, or molding knives so a lot of tools for one price.

Just my 2 cents.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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