Rikon lathe for sale locally

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Forum topic by Knockonit posted 12-29-2017 12:38 AM 523 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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#1 posted 12-29-2017 12:57 AM

Well, I have to be honest…
The variable upgrade kit from PSI is 1/2HP, (they have been selling this for years), and that is not much in the way of power, considering. It has no amperage compensation, so when it bogs down, it just turns slower, end of story. I own a Turnmaster 1HP from PSI Woodworking, and it is OK, but even it will bog down with anything over about two-three pounds of wood on the chuck when you try to take decent cuts. I cannot imagine how much a 1/2HP system will bog down.

As far as the Rikon itself, older model. (How long has it been since they painted them green?)

Benjamins Best tools are beginner tools. The small set offered here, I own a Woodriver comparative, and to be honest, small lathe tools are harder to use, dig in faster, and you might find yourself not liking them. I find that I often avoid them, even when making pens.

If you can get it cheap, like maybe $300 or even $275, move it back to the six set speeds it originally came with, might be OK.
As is, looks to me like the owner built/spent himself into a corner, with a sub-standard variable speed, lousy tools, and ended up with something that he’d rather sell than fool with. So he bought a bigger lathe to solve his problems and is dumping this bastardized unit, rather than mess with it.
Just my opinion. I would not mess with it.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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