Rikon Dust Collector

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.3
out of 5
Brand:
Rikon
Model:
63-100
Price:
$199

Description

The unit ships with a couple of paper pre-filter bags for the underside of the motor and a six-foot section of clear ribbed 4" hose and two hose clamps. So it's bundled as a self-contained system for single tool hookup.

WOOD magazine review

Compact collector tackles one machine at a time

Review Summary

If you crossed a dust collector with a shop vacuum, you’d get Rikon’s 12-gallon dust extractor. The 63-100 has a small motor and fan mounted to a steel drum, so you get durability, decent dust and chip capacity, and adequate suction for one machine when hooked up with 6' or less of 4" flex-hose. It performs best when hooked to a tablesaw or bandsaw, machines that make tiny chips and less fine dust.
The unit filled quickly with chips from my jointer and planer, and the paper filter builds up with fine dust quickly when used with a drum sander. I see this extractor as an economical solution when you must dedicate a dust collector to a single machine with a 4" outlet, especially one that’s inconvenient to hook up to a ducted system. But at about 90 decibels, it’s loud! —Tested by Pat Lowry, WOOD Magazine

Detailed Ratings

4.0
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

3

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

Reader Reviews

A neat little dust collector for hard-to-reach areas away from your main DC system

Review Summary

I received one of these Rikon units for my birthday and which was for my new shop. At 106 CFM I knew that this little dust collection system wasn't going to pull down long lengths of hose. But that was perfectly OK - what I needed was a small tool-specific unit for my router table, which was going to be positioned far away and on an inconveniently positioned wall from my regular big DC system. What I learned was that this little Rikon has some very good things going for it.
106CFM was just right to evacuate from my router table. And I experimented with it a little, by placing it on my Performax drum sander, my Rikon bandsaw and also to the bottom butt end of my table saw. After the experiments I ended up buying two more of these units. I've got one at the router table, the band saw and the drum sander now, each of which was plugged into a tool-activated power supply at the wall. Yes, this little unit is the cat's patootie for light duty, single-tool applications. And when you don't want to - or can't - run hoses across tall ceilings or other strange obstacles, a little Rikon 63-100 could be all you need to get the job done. And NO, this little unit is not going to provide enough suction to evacuate everything from under the hood of a cabinet saw. I tried it for a week on my table saw and the dust kept mounting up inside the saw. So OK, it's got some reasonable limitations. It's worth noting that the thing's not exactly as quiet as a centralized DC system would be. I'd place it closer to the mid-90's in terms of decibels. I'll get out there in a day or three with my dB meter and give you an accurate measurement as an added reply to this review. So if, say, you're going to use this with a relatively quiet tool like a band saw you just might want to create a baffle box from some ply and homosote. Overall I like this thing. Well, obviously, since I now own three of them. They're dynamite pinch-hitters when you have to have dust control in otherwise inaccessible places from your regular DC system

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

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