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Old 01-07-2018, 04:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Turncrafter 10" vs Rikon 70-105?

I am a fairly new pen turner and I am looking to upgrade my Harbor Freight 10x18 lathe. Since they are both in the same ballpark price wise which would I be happier with the Turncrafter 10" from PSI or a Rikon 70-105?
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If it's just between those two, I'd go with the Rikon. The tolerances are much tighter on the Rikon compared to the Turncrafter. I've had a 12" Turncrafter for a while and when I upgraded to the Rikon 70-220 it was pretty much night and day with the tightness of the Rikon.
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I know it is a little more money than the 2 you are looking at.But I would go for the Rikon 220 VS.When they go on sale you save big bucks.I have the Rikon 70-100 and the 220VS The only reason I went for the 220 was the VS.Woodcraft sale should be coming up soon
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I have the 70-105; I use it as a buffing station but wouldn't hesitate to use it to turn pens,. I made it somewhat variable speed with a foot pedal (which is fine for the buffing station. I have no experience with the turncrafter. However, it appears to be well-rated and has a lot more features than the Rikon 70-105. I may talk to other users of the Turncrafter and see what they have to say. It is nice to have those other features. https://www.pennstateind.com/store/KWL-1018VS.html
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I have the Rikon 70-050VS which is discontinued. Has a five year warranty. What is the warranty on the Turncrafter?
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I have the 70-105; I use it as a buffing station but wouldn't hesitate to use it to turn pens,. I made it somewhat variable speed with a foot pedal (which is fine for the buffing station. I have no experience with the turncrafter. However, it appears to be well-rated and has a lot more features than the Rikon 70-105. I may talk to other users of the Turncrafter and see what they have to say. It is nice to have those other features. https://www.pennstateind.com/store/KWL-1018VS.html
I could be wrong Tony, but I think since he's looking at pricing, he's looking at the multi speed 10" and not the VS. https://www.pennstateind.com/store/KWL-1018.html



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I have the Rikon 70-050VS which is discontinued. Has a five year warranty. What is the warranty on the Turncrafter?
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Thanks for all the inputs on this. Since the Rikons at Woodcraft are on sale I took the advice of some and invested just a bit more and purchased the 70-100 which gives me a bit more room to grow into other turned items if I so desire.

Now to wait for it to be shipped.

Got it for 10% off + free shipping couldn't pass it up.
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I'd never buy a lathe that was not EVS.
Or a drill press.
Get the largest EVS lathe your shop can fit. You won't be happy until you do.
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Rikon ..... never was happier when I got mine.
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Thanks for all the inputs on this. Since the Rikons at Woodcraft are on sale I took the advice of some and invested just a bit more and purchased the 70-100 which gives me a bit more room to grow into other turned items if I so desire.

Now to wait for it to be shipped.

Got it for 10% off + free shipping couldn't pass it up.
The belt location on the 70-100 makes it real easy to change.And you will not believe how quiet these lathes are.
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