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Posted on DELTA WINs -- RIKON Mini Lathe Model 70-100 or the DELTA 46-460 ????

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David Craig

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#1 posted 12-11-2012 01:41 AM

The Rikon has excellent reviews and would have been my choice for a mini-lathe. Bowls and hollow vessels are not impossible on this and I watched a wood review where they tried to stall the motor by taking a big cut in Cherry, much larger than they should have, and it didn’t stall. Don’t under-estimate the ability to turn anything that falls between the center points. So definitely look into a chuck. All add ons should be transferable if you ever decide to get a bigger lathe.

If you go with the worksharp, I would recommend the 3000, instead of the 2000. The 2000 only has one angle in which to grind when using the chisel holder and the flexibility is not there. I freehand the chisels on the top. I am not a sharpening guru, but a friend I used to turn with (jockmike2) would give me some chisels to sharpen for him from time to time. This surprised me because Mike had a good grinder and was way more experienced in it than I was. If that tells you anything. Stumpy has a video on making a table for the ws3000 to expand the usefulness to plane blades as well. This would allow you to “scary sharp” your plane irons, chisels, and turning chisels rather quickly. Much more versatility for the money.

With tools, I would suggest checking out Benjamin’s Best at PSI. Rather solid chisels, not on the expensive side, and fairly well reviewed. I would recommend not getting an extensive set, as you just want what you use and I would look at Sorby as interest in different turnings come up and you want to add on with individual chisels.

Hope this helps,


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