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mmayo 01-03-2017 10:48 PM

New lathe primarily for pens, razors etc. but maybe bigger stuff

My well-used low power Rikon variable speed lathe hiccuped today and I thought it died. It did not, but I am unprepared to buy a new more powerful lathe. Please give me suggestions that use 110 volts only for now since my shop does not have a 220 outlet. I would like to spend less than $1,000 if possible. Variable speed without belt changing would be a huge plus along with forward and reverse. A 6" bowl is on my bucket list.

Thanks for your help.

Current lathe

jttheclockman 01-03-2017 11:11 PM

What are you asking??? Do you want to buy another lathe to go along with this one?? You said it hicup but did not die so what is wrong with it?? My suggestion will always be the Jet 1220VS but if you had success with the Rikon why not another if that is what you are asking.

Skie_M 01-04-2017 05:32 AM

I'ld say grab the Harbor Freight midi/full size lathe (uses belt pulley to change speeds) and upgrade it with PSI's best variable speed motor and controller kit ... total cost should be under 400 dollars.

Or you could check the classifieds here in the IAP ... recently saw 2 offerings of a lathe, some with accessories even, and for around 600 or less.

terry q 01-04-2017 08:17 AM

I'm pretty happy with my Delta 46-460.

adirondak5 01-04-2017 08:26 AM

I have the Rikon 70 - 220 vsr , its been great so far . I have emailed their customer service with a few questions about it and always get a prompt reply .

Bikerdad 01-04-2017 01:14 PM

Jet 1221VS. Goes for $799. Electronic variable speed. MT2 spindle taper, 1" x 8 TPI.

On sale from January 5th thru January 9th for $680.

RobS 01-04-2017 01:56 PM

I second the Jet 1221vs, I love it, the heavier mass will help when turning out of round objects down to round.

KCW 01-04-2017 03:20 PM

I just got the Jet 1221vs and love it. The biggest deciding factor for me was the belt speed ranges. I have not moved the belt off of the fastest speed range, and I can do everything I want.

TonyL 01-04-2017 03:52 PM

I haven't moved my belt or (or replaced it) in 3 years. I can apply CA at 160 to 300 , trim barrels at 400 to 500, sand in reverse at 400 to 700, drill (fwd) at 800 to 1100, buff/polish at 1200 to 1600, turn at 1800 t0 3500, (and spin lambs wool into yard at 3800 lol) . Maybe other makes and models can do the same or those features aren't decision factors for you. I don't know. I perform those activities all of the time.

mmayo 01-04-2017 05:14 PM

Thank you all

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