Rikon 12x18 Midi-Lathe

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.9
out of 5
Brand:
Rikon
Model:
70-100
Price:
$400

Description

* Speeds: 430, 810, 1,230, 1,810, 2,670, 3,900 RPM
* Capacities: 12" swing, 18" between centers
* Weight: 86 lbs.

WOOD magazine review

"Mini" lathe stretches the definition with big features

Review Summary

Ssshhhhh! Don’t tell the folks at Rikon, but they’re selling a Cadillac for the price of a Chevy! Rikon’s model 70-100 has it all: torque, capacity, low price, and lots of great features. One of only three 12" mini-lathes we found, the 70-100 handles heavy cuts without vibrating—we stood a nickel on the lathe bed while turning. With two speeds under 1,000 rpm, it provides lots of torque in the range needed for roughing out stock.
In fact, its 1⁄2-hp motor, ribbed belt, and step pulleys delivered so much torque at the slowest speed, we could not stall it or make the belt slip when we plowed a gouge into a 9" cherry bowl blank. Chucks and faceplates mount easily onto the spindle, thanks to its chamfered threads. The tailstock features a quill lock separate from the keyway, which prevents the quill from spinning in the tailstock. A 2 1⁄2" quill stroke delivers plenty of travel for boring holes. And it has onboard tool storage, a 12-point indexing headstock, and plenty of room for super-simple belt changing.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reader Reviews

Great small lathe for a good price

Review Summary

Great mini-lathe! I'd heard a lot about their bandsaws, then bought one, and it's great, so I got their mini-lathe too. I've had mine about three years and I can turn all kinds of things on it. I turn a lot of bowls and platters and would like to get into bigger hollow vessels, and I'm sure it will handle that. It doesn't bog down like a lot of small lathes do. And I got a bed extension so I can turn table legs and long spindles.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

5
crelfe@gmail.com's picture

Not Just Entry Level

Review Summary

This may literally be the first Rikon tool I did not struggle with the instructions. Easy to assemble, parts well machined and solid construction. Worth the extra dollars to get the variable speed and the 1HP - this puts it above being just an entry level machine. Nice slow start motor for safe control - items won't so easily go flying off at dangerous speeds if you made a mistake in mounting. Machine holds steady no matter how dry and hard the wood is.
Spend the money you save on this model on good quality chucks.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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