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Great bargain for the money
Rikon Mortiser with Dual Axis Table
I bought this mortiser for two reasons -- #1 -- it was on sale, and #2 -- it had the excellent moving table. This makes this machine so much more useful than one without.
I bought the machine at my local Woodcraft store. It was in pretty good shape, but a couple of cooling fins on the motor were bent. Not enough to re-pack and return to the store. The manual must be updated from prior complaints, because I thought it was quite good. I assembled it in about an hour, and tried out the bits included.
People have complained about the bits, saying that they are worthless. Mine were just fine. Nope, they are not the $50 variety -- but I polished up the outside, aligned them in the machine, and they worked just fine. For the price, I thought everything was quite an excellent bargain. I polished the outside of my chisels to 8000 mirror finish with my Japanese waterstone and Workshop combo.
This machine is not a $1K mortiser. But it works fine, and when I finally get around to zooming through a bunch of chair legs, I'm confident it will do the job. The dovetail way table is a key feature -- I can't imagine clamping/unclamping the work to cut every hole. With the nice table, you don't have to.
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Great Machine But Poor Documentation
This is a very good machine but the documentation is very poor. If you are new to a mortiser like I was, I strongly recommend that you Google mortisers and watch a few of the videos on setting-up and using mortiser machines. There are some great ones out there. The documentation says nothing about how to make sure that the chisels are square and while it refers to spacing the chisel above the auger, neither the manual or email support is of any use in figuring out what spacing to use for hard or soft woods. There are resources out there that do that but you are left to your own devices to find them.
Not perfect, but a great deal for the $
The machine itself is great. Very durable and heavy duty. The obvious flaw is the poor quality chisels and bits. Even after spending a great deal of time sharpening them with a diamond stone, they failed to hold an edge for more than a few holes.
Poor Quality Control
Looked used out of the box, with dents, scratches, paint chips and smears and poor overall quality from the factory. Chisels are useless. Installed chisels from my other mortiser and it worked fine. Otherwise the machine works well and has features not available from other manufacturers. Would not consider Rikon on future machine purchases.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
dril and chisel sets are poor quality
drills and chisels are poor quality, very dull, need sharpening before use. one drill was bent so it rubs on use.
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