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#1 posted 03-03-2011 05:39 AM

Electronic variable speed and the variable speed on the Rikon you are considering are quite different. I’m quite sure the variable speed on the Rikon is a mechanical system referred to as a “Reeves System”.

IMHO – The Reeves system is okay but you need to plan on changing belts frequently because the system is hard on belts. I would not pay a lot extra for a mechanical variable speed (Reeves System) but it is worth a little more. If they are both the same price, get the variable speed.

I do not agree that the variable speed system would reduce torque by any noticeable amount. Your bigger problem/limitation will be the 1/2 hp motor. That. more than anything else, will limit your ability to turn bigger bowls.

I own a 2 hp lathe but I have used other people’s 1 hp lathes. The difference is very noticeable. In my opinion, a 1/2 hp lathe will be disappointing on a bowl greater than 6 inches.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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