Originally Posted by procrastinator1 View Post
Does anyone here have any experience with the Rikon 6" jointer model 20-100, if you do could you please provide me with some feedback. I would also like to hear from anyone who has had any experience with the Grizzly Jointer with Parallelogram Beds. Thanks for any input you can provide.
I have a Delta 6" (JT360). It looks the same as the Grizzly, except for a few variations.
I bought a used bandsaw and I went looking for parts and information. I found bits and pieces of information all over the place. It seems that there are very few bandsaw manufacturers but lots of brands.
There are also very few jointer manufacturers. There is essentially one 6" jointer manufacturer and a whole bunch of brand names stuck on the same machine with a whole bunch of variations in equipment and setup. For example the Rikon and the Grizzly look to be the same machine except the Rikon has wheels for adjusting depth of cut and out feed whereas the Grizzly has the standard screw arms.
You'll have to decide if you want simplicity for longevity and ease of use or fancies and personality. For example, look at the mechanism behind the fence on both models: the Rikon has a metal block and two (? hard to see in picture) pivot arms. The grizzly has a parallelogram on the end of a rod and my Delta has a hex rod with (what appears to be) some sort of Gimbel. Same machine, same basic components with variations in fence design.
So, when you ask for council, one is not better than another, just slightly different. Only you can decide what is best for you.
BTW, on occasion, there are duds so, if you live far from the vendor make sure he pays for return shipping. I made a mistake and bought a BusyBee drill press and didn't assemble it in the store before bringing it home. My idea of proper operation doesn't seem to be the same as BusyBee's. But, they don't pay return shipping. It will cost me more to ship it back to the store than it will to buy a new one.