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Review: Rikon 30-100 8-Inch Drill Press


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5
On September 23, 2015
Last modified:September 15, 2015

Summary:

Rikon I am

RIKON Power Tools is a company which is led under the slogan “pro tools for everyone”. It is dedicated to designing and manufacturing woodworking machinery of the highest quality that enhances the woodworking experience. It claims that in accomplishing this it analyzes the woodworkers’ needs and expectations to constantly improve their products. They continuously praise their customer service support. Recently they even stated that they take great pride in getting to know their customers and listening to their questions as well as suggestions. Very thoughtful, wouldn’t you say? RIKON strives not only to have excellent quality products at a reasonable price but outstanding customer service and satisfaction, it values the customers as well as their woodworking experience. RIKON products are sold exclusively through retailers (mostly through Amazon) and they offer a 5 year warranty. The question which bothered their clients was where are the products made, since RIKON is proclaimed to be an American manufacturing firm. The answer to this was given just recently (in 2014) by the president of RIKON Power Tools and it was no surprise that the country in question was China. To summarize: reasonable prices, high quality products and everything made in China.
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Rikon 30-100 RIKON 8-Inch Drill Press

Pinch me!

The Rikon 30-100 8 inch is a small bench-top with all the capabilities of handling wide range of drilling tasks which makes it valuable tool for metal workers and carpenters for any type of woodworking and metal work at mechanic shops. Rikon 8 inch bench-top drill press is a perfect tool for home shops and small garages within limited spaces for medium to heavy usage. Tradesmen of all kinds can find use for the Rikon 8″ drill press. Whether you need to drill through a thin piece of wood or a heavy piece of metal, this drill press is ready for any job. Just to be clear, any drilling job. Also credit needs to be given to its impressive performance and durability. It drills accurate repetitive holes very fast and with great power due to its 1/2 Horsepower motor and drilling depth setting. So, great horsepower as well as the possibility to vary the speed depending on the size of hole required and type of material you are drilling. You are not dreaming, it’s really happening.

When you open the box…Ho ho ho

When your RIKON 30-120 13-Inch Drill Press arrives and you feel like it’s Christmas and you are a child again, you open the box and your eyes light up. Inside there is the drilling machine with drill press head, arm, table support, table, column assembly, base, two loose hardware bags, chuck, owner’s manual, and cast iron handle. It is brand new and it “shines bright like a diamond”. Basically everything you need is in there but in case that you need some assistance and you are just too lazy to go through the manual, you can make a call to the great customer support service.

Key features and dimensions

Firstly, it is crucial that we mention the powerful, smooth, and efficient motor. The 30-120 drill press owes its robust performance to a 1/2-horsepower motor that provides plenty of torque for whatever material you’re drilling. Second most important thing is the clutch depth stop. It enables you to set your drilling depths which make repeatable drillings very easy and precise. The clutch depth stops is a great level of creativity in this drill press and has contributed a lot in its popularity. It is also featured with five speeds ranging from adjustable 620- 3100 RPM depending upon the type of material and type of hole required. The solid steel and cast iron gives it a heavy duty body that makes it stable for smooth operations despite the powerful motor. Another admirable feature is its easy-adjust table that allows for different height settings for comfortable drilling. The table also tilts up to 45 degrees right and left simultaneously. When it comes to dimension it has a height of 39 inches, depth of 24 inches, and weighs 121 pounds. So, not more than an average good looking girl.

VideoSpecifications
  • Item Weight: 34.4 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 16 x 23 inches
  • 5 Spindle Speeds 620-3100 RPM
  • Solid Steel and Cast Iron Construction

 

Let me tell you something

When it comes to the purchase of a product, the first you will look is what the users said about it. A user stated “I was looking for quality without the price and this is the unit to purchase. Well-made and works well and I’ve had no problems with the unit. There are many other products out there that are made better but no at this price.” Another says “The title says it all…good quality product at a good price. It did come damaged in two places. I called Rikon and they sent out replacement parts quickly. Customer service was great, a live person answered the phone.” Unlike other services where you have to go through a range of menus, submenus and sub submenus. User also say that it looks and feels more professional than the 10 inch drill presses you find at the big box stores, it is quiet and the assembly was easy.

Pros and cons

Pros: Vibration free operation, perfect for repeatable drilling and all types of drilling, powerful motor, heavy and steady operation, designed to accept bits with larger diameters especially for woodworking and cutting, 5 year warranty with quick and helpful customer services.

Cons: Poor packing (might get damaged in transport), installing the chuck and lever handle requires hammering to press fit, the fiction plate is very thin and bends easily (Rikon could have put better latch on it).

Final verdict

To conclude, the Rikon 30-100- 8 inch is the best choice for many home users. According to the reviews given by most of the customers in Amazon, Rikon 30-100 is a worthy investment. The durability, performance and safety feature of this press drill is appreciable. And let’s not forget that great customer service. Therefore, it is easiest and best solution for users who want to make precise holes of any size with any given material.

 

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