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Old 10-19-2017, 11:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Anyone have the Rikon 70-105? I know itís just a glorified HF 1018 but itís got a better warranty & it looks like a different motor on it. Any experience or advice you can give on it would be appreciated. Iím on disability with a low budget & I only plan on turning pens with it. Iíve had Jet mini lathes in the past but the 1015 is out of my reach financially. Craigslist doesnít have anything on at the moment either, besides Iíd prefer something with a warranty.
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I have it. Turned over 250 pens with it so far and don't have any issues. That I know of. Its my first lathe so it very well may be doing something odd and I don't know it.


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Believe me Rikon is not a glorified HF tool. I have the 70-100 and the 220 VS and they have been great tools. Your Lathe will last a lifetime unless you want to upgrade down the road
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Believe me Rikon is not a glorified HF tool. I have the 70-100 and the 220 VS and they have been great tools. Your Lathe will last a lifetime unless you want to upgrade down the road


I didnít mean to imply that all Rikons were glorified HF tools. Itís just that this particular one looks exactly like HFís 10Ē x 18Ē model #65345. Itís also exactly like the Rockler Excelsior. It appears that Rikon specíd a better motor because the biggest complaint HF gets is that theirs run hot.


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Believe me Rikon is not a glorified HF tool. I have the 70-100 and the 220 VS and they have been great tools. Your Lathe will last a lifetime unless you want to upgrade down the road


I didnít mean to imply that all Rikons were glorified HF tools. Itís just that this particular one looks exactly like HFís 10Ē x 18Ē model #65345. Itís also exactly like the Rockler Excelsior. It appears that Rikon specíd a better motor because the biggest complaint HF gets is that theirs run hot.


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I know what you ment to say .It is a more accurate lathe .lt has a better motor and for what you want to do it is perfect.And shop around they do go on sale a lot. I bought both my lathes on sale
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