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Rikon 20-600H 6'' Benchtop Jointer with Helical-Style Head

Helical-style head has double-sided insert cutters that can be rotated for a fresh edge and replaced when needed.
Item #
54886
Rating:
94% of 100

The Rikon #20-600H 6'' Benchtop Jointer features a helical head with six rows of HSS insert cutters. Each insert cutter has two pre-sharpened edges for for an exceptionally smooth, flat jointed surface. The cutters can be rotated to expose a fresh edge, and when it comes time to replace them, there is no need to level the knives as with a traditional jointer. The jointer itself features rigid, all-metal construction, machined aluminum tables, a quick depth setting mechanism with scale, and an adjustable fence that tilts from 90° to 45°. It also comes with a spring-loaded safety guard, 2-1/2'' dust port, an easily accessible front-mounted on/off switch and two push blocks.


Features:

  • Powerful 10-amp motor
  • Helical cutterhead for a smooth cut
  • All steel construction for durability
  • High speed steel insert knives can be rotated to expose a fresh edge
  • Large 6-3/16'' x 30'' table with 4-3/8'' tall fence
(1) Rikon 20-600H 6'' Benchtop Jointer with Insert-Cutter Head
(2) Push blocks
(2) Hex wrenches
(1) Dust hood/chute
More Information
Brand Rikon
Manufacturer Part Number 20-600H
Weight 41.8500
Tech Spec
  • Motor Speed (No Load): 20,000 RPM
  • Motor Amps: 10
  • Fence Size: 19-3/4'' x 4-3/8''
  • Fence Tilt: 90° – 135°
  • Table Dimensions (L x W): 30'' x 6-3/16''
  • Cutterhead Diameter: 2''
  • Cutterhead Speed: 12,000 RPM
  • Number of HSS Inserts (2-sided): 12
  • HSS Insert Size: 14.2mm x 14.2mm x 2mm
  • Number of Insert Rows: 6
  • Maximum Depth of Cut: 1/8''
  • Maximum Cutting Width: 6''
  • Minimum Length of Stock: 10''
  • Minimum Width of Stock: 3/4''
  • Minimum Thickness of Stock: 1/2''
  • Dust Port Diameter (OD): 2-1/2''
  • Dust Collection Minimum CFM: 100
  • Noise Level (No Load) at 3 Feet: <100dB
  • Overall Height: 13''
  • Overall Width: 17-1/2''
  • Overall Length: 30''
  • Base Size: 19'' x 9-3/8''
  • Shipping Carton: 31-1/2'' x 12-1/2'' x 11-1/8''
4.7 / 5.0
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Great for the price!!
Works perfect for small shop needs! Accurate right out of the box. I would highly recommend for the price.
March 10, 2020
Purchased
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Rikon 20-600H 6'' Benchtop Jointer
Solid cast iron beds provide smooth and easy adjustment, great dust collection, and the helical head is the only way to go. Great performance for a benchtop jointer.
February 14, 2020
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Great Jointer
I have had larger jointers in the past but now that I am doing mostly hobby work this is great. The cuts are very smooth.
February 11, 2020
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Bench top jointer
Worked right out of the box. Gives a smooth surface.
January 21, 2020
Purchased
6 months ago
love it the helical head is quieter then a two blade and cuts with very little effort
January 21, 2020
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Bench top Joiner Planer
Haven’t set it up to use it. I purchased it to use down the road. I have other projects I’m working on now.
January 18, 2020
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Outstanding tool
Item arrived in perfect condition. The tables were in perfect alignment right out of the box. I installed the fence and proceeded to turn a really nasty looking pile of walnut and cherry shorts into a really nice looking stack of lumber within 3 hours of opening the box. Really impressed. I also have a Rikon planer and bandsaw so the quality wasn't really a surprise.
January 8, 2020
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Nice jointer
Easy to set up and pretty close to perfect right out of the box. I adjusted one of the tables slightly, but that was it - and that was easily done from the top of the table. Very nice, leaves smooth surfaces, and much quieter than a conventional jointer. The stops for 90 degrees and 135 degrees (to get a 45 degree edge) on the fence are a nice touch. The scale on the table depth adjustment is a nice feature too.
December 30, 2019
Purchased
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great results!
My first jointer. It has dramatically changed my productivity in the shop. The cuts are clean, and I really like the versatility of this type of cutter head. Being able to change just one small blade if needed is a real plus.

It took a little bit of time to get the fence set up but I haven't touched the infeed or out feed tables. It's pretty good right out of the box. I've had good results connecting my shop vac to the dust port. I literally haven't noticed any dust coming off the machine.

The price was right and I'm really glad to have made this purchase.
December 21, 2019
Purchased
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great Benchtop unit
This is the best planer /jointer in its price range. I was able top set stops for good repeatability at 90 and 45 deg. The hook up for dust collection works, unlike some others I have used. Overall it was a great buy.
December 2, 2019
Purchased
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Good price, good reviews, light weight.
William H on Jun 16, 2020
price and size
Anthony B on Feb 25, 2020
Good price, good reviews, light weight.
William H on Jun 16, 2020
Price size and cutting head
Danny T on Jun 12, 2020
price and size
Anthony B on Feb 25, 2020
All the reviews were wonderful. This price was the best I could find. I cannot wait to receive this.
Alan H on Feb 17, 2020
Good price and brand
Brien M on Feb 15, 2020
have had good experiences with Rikon tools and really like dealing with Rockler.
Dalton H on Feb 14, 2020
Very good reviews and an excellent price.
Lyndon H on Feb 12, 2020
Have other Rikon products and are happy with<br />Proformence.
Richard T on Feb 12, 2020
Price, and positive reviews!
patrick d on Feb 12, 2020
Good sale price and helical head
Grumpy on Feb 11, 2020
Good reviews
James G on Feb 10, 2020
The brand name, reviews, and sale price.
David D on Feb 8, 2020
price & quality
Bradley B on Jan 31, 2020
Good reviews and on sale.
Joseph M on Jan 31, 2020
Price
Edward D on Jan 31, 2020
Compact size for small projects.
Rob M on Dec 21, 2019
Its size and features are well suited to my size shop and needs. Also, have another Rikon product.
Larry S on Dec 15, 2019
squaring & flattening narrow boards for custom joinery & projects
Andrew K on Dec 14, 2019
Many positive reviews
Tim on Dec 13, 2019
Reasonable price, familiar with Rikon quality!
David B on Dec 12, 2019
Helical style head, low price, great reviews
steve c on Dec 7, 2019
Great reviews, helical head, Rikon quality, and great price.
Bryan S on Dec 3, 2019
Need a small, portable tool to square up two sides of lumber. Jigs aren't the most convenient to use for larger projects.
Tarun C on Dec 2, 2019
good reviews and small enough to store
JStur23 on Dec 2, 2019
Good reviews, helical head, great price!
MILES W B on Dec 2, 2019
Had great reviews and it was an awesome price. As a newby I'm sure it will meet my needs for many years to come.
Scott R on Dec 2, 2019
Quality for the money.
Dora O on Dec 2, 2019
I researched all benchtop models, read the specs and reviews, and determined the helical style blades (not available on other benchtop models) made the best cut.
Mary W on Dec 1, 2019
small, get price, good reviews
CHRIS M on Nov 29, 2019
best quality
John B on Nov 18, 2019
My Old Joiner/Planer finally gave it up and I needed a new one.
Robert S on Aug 28, 2019
Reviews all looked good.
James C on Aug 25, 2019
Seemed to have the best reviews and a reasonable price.
Kathy A on Apr 22, 2019
I purchased this because the reviews were good and name recognition. I like the Helical-style head and the fact that it is light enough to put our of the way in my small shop.
Jerry W B on Apr 20, 2019
Accuracy and high customer rating
Al P on Mar 18, 2019
I choose this because of brand recognition, but mostly because of the Helical-style head design. Also the many positive posts of reviews from customers that have purchased and used this unit. I also like the features described and look forward to seeing and using it for myself. I just hopeful that it meets all of my expectations.
Ron M on Mar 15, 2019
Helical Style Heads and the price
GARY S on Mar 6, 2019
Quality, and reviews
Ryan W on Mar 3, 2019
On sale and god reviews.
Ralph N on Mar 1, 2019
the helical-heads and price
James H on Feb 26, 2019
Good review
GEORG B on Feb 24, 2019
Extensive research and wanting to start with something small and mobile.
Grant G on Feb 17, 2019
Reviews that suggested good quality and ease of use for beginners
Jeffrey V on Feb 2, 2019
wanted something good and affordable
brian k on Jan 5, 2019
price and reviews
Joe p on Jan 5, 2019
Good price and great reviews
Rick S on Dec 31, 2018
Re commended by Rockler
Lawrence H on Dec 24, 2018
Some of the reviews I saw. Main reason is that one of the reviews said that Rockler woodworking recommended it
Steve B on Dec 23, 2018
great price and Helical-Style Head. Portable for a shop with a small space
Tyson J on Dec 23, 2018
Great price for a good product. Rockler is a excellent company to do business with
jim b on Dec 22, 2018
Price size and cutting head
Danny T on Jun 12, 2020
All the reviews were wonderful. This price was the best I could find. I cannot wait to receive this.
Alan H on Feb 17, 2020
What's the difference between a 'helical style' cutter head and a helical cutter head?
Mike W on Nov 24, 2017
Can this jointer not be mounted on a solid bench? I mounted mine and only run it with the dust collector connected and running. There is a huge amount of chips accumulating in the motor compartment. Is this normal?
Ken W on Mar 19, 2018
What’s the difference between helical-style head and traditional helical head?
Bob G on Dec 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The number of inserts, the number of usable edges, the type of insert material (i.e. HSS vs CARBIDE) and the spacing configuration vary in each machine. A "traditional" spiral head has the inserts arranged along a spiral curve on the head while the helical "style" has the inserts attached to the head straight across but spaced in a staggered configuration. This results are less inserts used. These light duty bench top units would require less material taken off per pass and harder woods should take longer to process but small pieces shouldn't be impossible. Small scale milling work is feasible but don't expect commercial level work.
Does the rikon 20-600 come with a set of inserts or do you have to purchase a set from the beginning?
Pat on Dec 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Are you referring to the knives? If so, yes, it comes factory installed with a set. Replacements are also available.
Whats the difference between Helical and Spiral cutters?
Stephane R on Nov 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If you Google it you will get a far better explanation than I can give
Under the specs it says min width is 3/4”. For being a smaller jointer I would think you could joint 1/2” thick material at least. Am I reading something wrong? If you have used this machine have you jointed thinner stock and been successful
justin b on Mar 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Your question says width according to specs but then you refer to 1/2 inch thick material I assume you want to know if you can run 1/2 inch material yes can run 1/2 inch thick material not 1/2 inch wide
Can you cut a Rebate/Rabbet on this jointer?
Nils L on Mar 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No you will not be able to use this jointer to cut a rabbet. It has no extension on the outside of the feed table to support the wood.

Here is a product that would work for you. Notice the extension to the infeed table where blade cover is mounted.
Jet® 6'' Deluxe Jointer w/Quick-Set Knives, Model JJ-6CSDX
Jet® 6'' Deluxe Jointer w/Quick-Set Knives, Model JJ-6CSDX
Ordered this jointer a few months ago, still waiting on delivery. Product description says tables are machined aluminum, fence looks aluminum too, so seems to me a magnetic featherboard for infeed table and fence won't work. What are you folks using, if anything? Thanks
Brian on Apr 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately I cannot find any feather board that would work on this directly. You are correct that a magnetic one would not work. You might need to try and modify one that you could clamp on. My jointer is steel so I use a magnetic one when I need to. Most of the time, I don't use one at all and just use my hand/fingers. Just need to be careful to keep your fingers away from the cutter head.
What is the weight of the joiner?
Scott M on Nov 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: 35 pounds