Yeah I did a fair amount of research before pulling the trigger. This Rikon is hands down the winner in the midi lathe category.Congrats! FIVE YEAR warranty! That is rather amazing... Says a lot when a brand really stands behind their product.
Yes, it does have reverse. I haven't felt a need for it in the past but we will see what this can do to help improve my craftsmanship.Sweet those specs are nice for sure and you can't beat the warranty! Does it have reverse?
Glad to hear that you had had such success with yours, I hope that I am as fortunate. As of now I am using a small penpal lathe so I am severely limited in what I can do as far as turning goes but I am most looking forward to drilling on the new Rikon.That 5 year warranty does speak confidence in the build...I'm coming up on the 5 year mark on my 70-220VSR, and so far not a single issue to even call Rikon about, let alone file a claim. So getting the build right allows for better/longer warranty coverage for the "oops" machines.
On the other hand...that 3 1/2" spindle travel and the full range of speeds get used ALL the time. I'm willing to bet the 70-150 will please with its features. That spindle travel is awesome for a pen turner!!