Comparison of Dewalt 735 and Rikon 25-130H

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Forum topic by Jeff Terrell posted 04-15-2015 01:04 PM 13272 views 0 times favorited 7 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.



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


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.

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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.

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

This is super helpful, guys. Thanks very much.

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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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#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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