Rikon VS Midi-Lathe

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Blog entry by NWCoast posted 11-09-2015 01:28 PM 842 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have noticed many positive reviews of this product. My experience is far from positive; maybe I got the lemon. So, what was the problem(s): Tool rest locking bolt too short, wrong part. Loose drive pulley—two set screws needed per Rikon. I’m still waiting for another set. Tail stock bore not finished; quill would not retract all the way. Threads in quill very rough. I did get a new tail stock which is a little better. Loose spindle pulley—-same issue as the drive pulley. This machine was purchase through Woodcraft in Eugene. They have been shocked at the extent of my problems since their experience has with the Rikon lathe as been good.
So, would I suggest this machine to others? No chance nor will I buy another Rikon product.
PS—-I have been using machine tools for years and have never had issues like I have had with this lathe.

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#1 posted 11-09-2015 01:32 PM

Instead of being shocked, Woodcraft should just get you a new one. The sets screws are one problem but the other problems may haunt you for years. I’d take it back and demand one in perfect condition. Actually, I’d probably take it back and buy a different brand. My 2 cents.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 11-09-2015 03:39 PM

“Ditto what Mr. Lazyman said!”

-- Bill

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#3 posted 11-09-2015 08:10 PM

Looked at the Rikon when L.V. added them to there inventory but then went across the Street to KMS Tools and bought a King brand with all the same features for $200.00 less! Did buy some Carbide turning tools from L.V. with the money I saved. Haven’t had a chance to give the King a good work out yet, just a quick run to make sure everything worked and was very impressed!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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