25-010 Jointer/Planer Combo Machine - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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25-010 Jointer/Planer Combo Machine

Rikon - 25-010 Jointer/Planer Combo Machine

Despite its small size, the 25-010 jointer/planer from Rikon handles big workpieces well.

$1,000 (As of 2/9/2012)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: Jointer/Planer Combination Machines

by Roland Johnson

review date: February 9, 2012

Despite its small size, the 25-010 handles big workpieces well, even when planing difficult stock such as wide slabs of white oak. Its plastic gears and light castings aren’t the best choice if you plan to mill boards all day long, but it should suit weekend woodworkers very well.

It’s the only machine with disposable blades, which cannot be sharpened and must be replaced when dull. But disposables are much easier to install. Unlike the other machines, the Rikon requires you to remove the jointer’s infeed table completely during changeover. It’s a lightweight casting and has positive location points, so it’s simple to do. But it is a nuisance to store the table while the machine is in planing mode.

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Editor Test Results:

Changeover 60 seconds from jointer to planer, 74 seconds planer to jointer

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Rikon
Manufacturer's Web Site www.rikontools.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 877-884-5167
Cutterhead 3-knife, HSS, disposable blades
Replacement knives N/A
Other Accessories N/A

Owned this for ten years. To call it a piece of junk is probably unfair to junk. Looks to me like the main upgrade made more recently was to the cutter head. Sadly that is not this machine's problem. The time it takes to transition between planer and jointer is a bit misleading. It only takes a minute or so, then you get to spend an hour and a half trying to get the tables coplanar and the fence back to a right angle. I even built a fence in an effort to deal with part of this. But the outboard clamping system was har to bet around shims and all. Needless to say, I worked around having to use it whenever possible. Having used it only intermittently, it finally put me out of my misery when the motor ' burned out shallow cutting pine. The most fun I ever had with it was the afternoon I spent taking it apart to throw it out with the trash. It was easy for me to take apart because of the practice I had when its junky little gears fatigued and broke after two years and about six uses. Oh well, live and learn. Not sure if rikon makes anything well, but this isn't it. I'm afraid to try anything else.

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