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Great lathe and super Rikon customer support
Rikon 70-220VSR Midi Lathe
My son and I got one of these in April 2015.
I put it on a HF hydraulic table cart with a piece of plywood bolted to the top. It allows me to move it around the garage or stow it along the wall when I need room for other projects. I raise and lower it to suit the project (and the way my back feels at the time!). It allows me to stow in under a workbench too.
Last week it started acting funny, sometimes it would only run in reverse and you could slow it down by holding the face plate. Not good. It would stall and stop in forward when my son was turning an ebony spindle. After an hour or so he tried again and had the same result.
Contacted Rikon support and after a few emails and further checks and tests they decided the control box was faulty. I received a new one in a few days. The new control circuit board is definitely more robust, bigger capacitors, revised layout of the heat sink and components, different relays, etc.
Came with excellent instructions and works perfectly. Can't say enough good things about Rikon support (Rod). It was really refreshing to deal with a company that's willing to back up a product.
Oh and the codes it displays are not error codes as some reviews have stated. There's no reference to these in the manual. Rod said, "the board will run a systems check before start up and after power down. The codes only show up for a few milliseconds during startup. They stay on the display until the capacitors draw down."
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
some problems, but good overall
Excellent purchase for the price. The manufacturer is quick to provide repair parts under warranty. Unfortunately, the motor controller stopped working with about 8 hours of work. It was replaced under warranty and shipped via next day service.
I am unsure whether the bearings were bad or if I overworked them, but the spindle bearings started making a pounding sound after 5 months. Again, the manufacturer replaced them quickly, although I had to replace them myself. I will update this when I have finished replacing them.
I use this machine daily for bar tap handles, pens, lidded boxes, and bowls. I had the smaller Rikon lathe since June and loved it, but this model is like the difference between a VW and a Porche.
This is one FINE LATHE.
Post Falls Idaho.
I turn alot & have for a very long time. This Lathe is so smooth with no vibration and the adjustable speed is a big plus. Out of the box and into production in under 30 min. Everything I wanted from a lathe I found with this one. The price is a big plus so if you are thinking about buying this lathe do it before the price reflects the quality.
Great lathe for small shops
St. Marys, GA
I picked this up from my local Woodcraft store and I have used it everyday sence. It weighed about 120 lbs. so getting it out of the box and up on the bench was a two man lift but there was next to nothing for setup. Ten minutes and I was up and turning. The only way this entry level lathe could be better is to have a more percise speed control. the rotator swich is a little fickle. Don't let this deter you from make this a piece of your shop. It's one heck of a lathe for the price.
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