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Forum topic by Jeff Terrell posted 04-15-2015 01:04 PM 15145 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jeff Terrell

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04-15-2015 01:04 PM

Anybody got direct experience with both of these planers? The Rikon is on sale right now and has helical cutterhead. With shipping, they’re about the same price. My old Delta is about to give up the ghost.

Thanks,

Jeff

-- "Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind." F. Scott Fitzgerald


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tyvekboy

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#1 posted 04-15-2015 03:07 PM

Jeff

I have had my DeWalt 735 for a number of years and for me it does the job. What I like about it is it’s wide footprint, 2 speeds, 3 knives and ease of use (easy to change blades and speeds). The 2-sided blades are throw-away type.

For a home shop I think it’s adequate. You’ll see it in some of my project posts and my workshop pictures.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 04-15-2015 04:25 PM

Well the Rikon is a rebadged Steel City with accuhead type segmented cutter. It is segmented, but not truly helical. The in-depth reviews of the steel city say that tearout is not really improved over straight knife cutterheads. Also the cutters are HSS, not carbide (but I hear Amana makes carbide inserts).

I have the 735 with the Shelix head upgrade. I work with a lot of quartersawn white oak, and the Shelix leaves a glassy smooth surface with no tearout. In fact I have the habit of cleaning up tablesaw and jointer marks with a final pass at the planer. It looks so good I even plane the edges.

Either planer will probably be fine. In fact if you don’t plan to upgrade the Dewalt, the Rikon with upgraded carbide cutters may be an option.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Jeff Terrell

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#3 posted 04-15-2015 06:52 PM

This is super helpful, guys. Thanks very much.

-- "Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind." F. Scott Fitzgerald

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WhyMe

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#4 posted 04-15-2015 07:24 PM

Well the Rikon is a rebadged Steel City

- pintodeluxe

I don’t think it’s a rebadged Steel City. All those planers come from who knows what factory and they put what ever name on them as build for that brand. The Ridgid also looks a lot like the Rikon.

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#5 posted 04-16-2015 11:26 PM

I spoke with a support guy at Rikon a few weeks ago and asked about it (Rikon has GREAT customer support … but their manuals are terrible. According to the guy, the older manuals are being re-written).
He said that he was involved with the design of the 25-130H and it is totally new. You can call Rikon support and I bet they would talk to a potential future customer.

If you want a Rikon accessory and live near their shipping facility (in Billerica, Massachusetts) they will allow you to pick it up instead of having it shipped to you! Most companies will not do this. So, Rikon is OK in my book :-)

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#6 posted 01-10-2016 12:54 AM

I’m struggling with the same 2016 decision. Seems like DeWalt must be working on a helical model. Has anybody heard any rumors? Otherwise the Rikon competition will take business from them and/or they will have to lower their price. The fact that this new Rikon already is on sale for $500 makes you think that the price of planers will be dropping. It won’t be long before all planers will be helical. It may be wise to wait a while on a new purchase. Woodcraft magazine just did a review on Ricon and General helical planers vs DeWalt. They were very high on both Ricon and General. The Dewalt 735 just looks so solid.

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Dale

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#7 posted 03-31-2016 03:03 PM

I am comparing the Dewalt DW 734, Rikon 25-130H and Makita 2012NB planers now. Can someone explain the benefit of the helical blades that the Rikon has. Right now I’m leaning towards the Makita. Any thoughts or recommendations?

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#8 posted 12-27-2017 11:21 PM

Anyone had any more experience with these two planers?

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mrg

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#9 posted 12-27-2017 11:36 PM

I have the Dewalt and it is a great planer. My buddy also has the planer and uses his a lot more than I do and has had no issues with it. Great planer for the money.

-- mrg

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#10 posted 12-28-2017 12:03 AM

I have not used the Rikon, but I have the DW735. I used to have the DW734 and the switch to the DW 735 was night and day. Much better cut quality and a much more robust machine. I was blown away by the “sheen” left on boards after planing. They were glass smooth and perfect. However in my experience it did not take long (only a few uses) before there ended up being tiny nicks in the blades causing subtle lines to run along the boards. I decided to pull the trigger and installed the Byrd shelix head in my DW735 and wow what a difference it made. If the step up from the 734 to a 735 was a “big step” then the step up from the straight knives to the shelix head was a “huge leap”. Much much quieter, great surface, no tear out, and no nicks in the blades yet. Very happy with the upgrade. I think I would eventually like to get a full size planer for my shop, but for now the DW735 with shelix head handles everything I throw at it just fine.

If you get the 735, get the shelix, it is worth every penny!!!

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jgred

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#11 posted 12-28-2017 12:32 AM



I have not used the Rikon, but I have the DW735. I used to have the DW734 and the switch to the DW 735 was night and day. Much better cut quality and a much more robust machine. I was blown away by the “sheen” left on boards after planing. They were glass smooth and perfect. However in my experience it did not take long (only a few uses) before there ended up being tiny nicks in the blades causing subtle lines to run along the boards. I decided to pull the trigger and installed the Byrd shelix head in my DW735 and wow what a difference it made. If the step up from the 734 to a 735 was a “big step” then the step up from the straight knives to the shelix head was a “huge leap”. Much much quieter, great surface, no tear out, and no nicks in the blades yet. Very happy with the upgrade. I think I would eventually like to get a full size planer for my shop, but for now the DW735 with shelix head handles everything I throw at it just fine.

If you get the 735, get the shelix, it is worth every penny!!!

- rizzo

Thanks. How difficult is the Shelix upgrade?

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pontic

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#12 posted 12-28-2017 12:39 AM

Got the 735. No complaints.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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rizzo

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#13 posted 12-28-2017 01:27 AM

Thanks. How difficult is the Shelix upgrade?

Really not too bad. There are quite a few videos out there on youtube taking you through the steps. The only tricky part is getting the belt off and back on, but I figured out a trick for that with a visegrips that made it pretty easy. The whole process took me about 40 minutes or so. However if I ever had to do it again, I would be able to easily do it in half that time, now that I know what the “pain points” are.

I reccomend watching the video series start to finish, so you know what you are getting into before you actually start. Then if you can have a computer or iPad there with you, it is a big help. Make sure you have snap ring pliers (both expansion and contraction ones) Other than that the tools are very basic and you likely already have them.

I like the Jeff F. Video, even though he makes couple mistakes.. (take note of his comment to have the machine in the “dimensioning” setting as it make it much easier to achieve one of the steps).

If you feel you are at all handy, you can for sure do this upgrade.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS9Fwql-HD8

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jgred

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#14 posted 12-28-2017 02:36 AM

Thanks, I watched them – he’s quite the snap ring wizard… :)

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