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

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#1 posted 12-12-2012 02:18 PM

I went through this not too long ago and a lot of your questions were covered already. After literally months of research, this is what I decided on:

Unless you get a variable speed lathe, get the HF mini lathe
It’s as good as a belt change mini lathe gets. I got mine for a little under 150 with coupons. I mostly turn pens and bottle stoppers, but have chucked up some pretty large pieces of black locust for a mallet and wasn’t wishing for more power. The swing on the Rikon is larger, but at 1/2hp, you are pushing it with the 10” swing on the HF lathe as it is.

Chucks – hands down the best bang for the buck is the Barracuda2 from PSI

Turning tools. The woodriver set is ok, but not 110$ better than this set (the ones you posted are NOT HSS). These are really good tools! You can also practice sharpening and changing grinds (I like an elsworth grind) without worrying too much about ruining tools. I do not like the “mini lathe” tools. For me anyway, a full size tool is much easier to control – especially when (not if) you get a catch.

These turning tools are not the absolute greatest, but as I mentioned they are every bit as good as the woodriver. Once you figure out what tools you really use a lot, you can replace them one at a time with higher quality ones made with exotic metals that hold edges much longer, or go the carbide insert tool route.

Also get a live center set. These are really handy to have. The nova is on sale right now. I have this and really like it.

Again, I have done TONS of research before I made any purchases. I have also spent many many hours at my lathe. There isn’t anything I wish I had done differently. If I were ever to upgrade my lathe, it would be the Delta midi lathe purely because changing speeds with belts can be tedious. I have found the sweet spot for both turning and sanding so I don’t change speeds that often.


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