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04-17-2021 01:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: rikon jointer 8 benchtop

Has anyone had any experience with the “Rikon 20-800H 8 Helical-Style Bench Top Jointer? Thinking of buying one…

Thanks,

Lyman

-- "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - JOHN 3:16


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#1 posted 04-19-2021 11:32 PM

Since no one has responded, I’ll chime in with the limited knowledge I have about the tool. I haven’t used the tool, but I have examined it closely at the store.

For starters, it’s not truly helical. The cutters are installed square to the cut. It does offer the benefit of four-sided cutters though, so there’s no need to sharpen blades, and it’ll be a long time before the carbide cutters will need to even be rotated to a fresh edge—and you get four of those.

It does suffer from the usual things that benchtop tools do, such as a relatively short bed (although it extends) and a less-than-rock-solid fence. You also have the same materials trade-off such as aluminum instead of iron or steel. The bottom line is that it won’t be as solid a performer as a full size jointer.

For the most part though, if you feel that a tool that size fits your needs, it’s a good choice. Plus, you get the benefit of an 8” wide cutting head.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 04-20-2021 02:29 AM

Thanks Rich. Agree with your points across the board. I had looked at several other jointers starting at $1,500 but I’m on a tight budget and given what I’ll be making (small boxes, etc) this should suffice. I.e., I won’t be running lumber longer than perhaps six feet across it. If it doesn’t work out then back to Rockler it goes and I’ll have to get creative and come up with another grand. Hopefully it won’t come down to that though.

Thanks for taking your time to share your input, greatly appreciated!

Best,

Lyman

-- "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - JOHN 3:16

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#3 posted 04-20-2021 03:47 AM

For your needs, and given that there’s a return option, I’d say go for it.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 04-20-2021 03:48 AM

I have the Wahuda 8” bench top joiner. It looks identical to the Rikon in form. For what it’s worth, I’m very happy with it, yes, it’s not as stable as a full sized unit, but I have it mounted on a flip top table with my Dewalt 735 on the other side…small shop, what can I say. It’s done everything I’ve asked of it, and the bed extensions work very well. I’ve run hardwood to about 6 feet in length with no additional support. Using small infeed and outfeed stands, I’ve put 8 foot pieces through with good results. I wish I had a huge shop and a full sized Powermatic joiner, but I don’t….and I do ok without it!

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#5 posted 04-20-2021 01:57 PM

The Rikon carbide inserts are only 2-sided not 4-sided like the Wahuda

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#6 posted 04-20-2021 04:30 PM

The 4 sided cutters and cast iron tables are the reasons I bought the Wahuda. I have the 10 inch.

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#7 posted 04-20-2021 04:42 PM

I’ll chime in as I have the 8” Wahuda and while I haven’t used it all that much I really like it. Most of my stuff isn’t large. The 10” one wasn’t out when I got mine or I probably would have gotten that. Many of the videos of the Wahua were about squaring it up and tuning it and such so I was concerned about the amount of effort I was going to have to put in but when I got it out of the box and assembled the fence, everything was dead on square.

I suspect the Rikon and the CueTech are probably from the same factory as the CueTech has the same 2 sided carbide blades.

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#8 posted 04-20-2021 05:06 PM

I have found that technique is an important part of my 8” Wahuda. I learned that a light touch was best. And I second RyanGi, it is identical to my 8” wahuda.

Just so you know the wahuda ($549) has free shipping and a spiral cutterhead with 4 sided carbide tips. And if you are not in that state no taxes. So that would be 549 total. I had one tip chip the first week and they responded well and replaced it.

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#9 posted 04-21-2021 02:43 AM



For your needs, and given that there s a return option, I d say go for it.

- Rich


Thanks again, Richard. We’ll see how it pans out. Should be in next week.

Best,
Lyman

-- "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - JOHN 3:16

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#10 posted 04-21-2021 02:47 AM



I have the Wahuda 8” bench top joiner. It looks identical to the Rikon in form. For what it’s worth, I’m very happy with it, yes, it’s not as stable as a full sized unit, but I have it mounted on a flip top table with my Dewalt 735 on the other side…small shop, what can I say. It’s done everything I’ve asked of it, and the bed extensions work very well. I’ve run hardwood to about 6 feet in length with no additional support. Using small infeed and outfeed stands, I’ve put 8 foot pieces through with good results. I wish I had a huge shop and a full sized Powermatic joiner, but I don’t….and I do ok without it!

- RyanGi


Thanks Ryan. Wish I could afford a full size Jointer as well but it is what it is, right? Being happy with it is what matters, bottom line!

Lyman

-- "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - JOHN 3:16

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#11 posted 04-21-2021 02:49 AM



I ll chime in as I have the 8” Wahuda and while I haven t used it all that much I really like it. Most of my stuff isn t large. The 10” one wasn t out when I got mine or I probably would have gotten that. Many of the videos of the Wahua were about squaring it up and tuning it and such so I was concerned about the amount of effort I was going to have to put in but when I got it out of the box and assembled the fence, everything was dead on square.

I suspect the Rikon and the CueTech are probably from the same factory as the CueTech has the same 2 sided carbide blades.

- sepeck


Thanks for the input, Steve, greatly appreciated!

Lyman

-- "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - JOHN 3:16

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#12 posted 04-21-2021 02:53 AM



I have found that technique is an important part of my 8” Wahuda. I learned that a light touch was best. And I second RyanGi, it is identical to my 8” wahuda.

Just so you know the wahuda ($549) has free shipping and a spiral cutterhead with 4 sided carbide tips. And if you are not in that state no taxes. So that would be 549 total. I had one tip chip the first week and they responded well and replaced it.

- OldBull


OldBull,

Thanks. I’m going to look into the Wahuda based on what you and others have said. Thanks for the input!

Lyman

-- "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - JOHN 3:16

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sepeck

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#13 posted 04-21-2021 10:16 PM

I’ll add. I have a Wahuda 13” planner as well. They had an issue with the shipment as I suspect a large portion arrived damaged. As a result they have suspended the product until they wort that out per the website.

Mine had the side panels damaged but from the pictures they said it should be technically fine and gave me two options. Send it back full refund or test it and if it worked they would send me replacement side panels. I was dubious but ran the test and it worked so I took the second option. Pretty happy with it as well. They expect to start selling in August timeframe.

-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org

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