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Posted on Rikon vs. Central Machinery Mini Lathe

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#1 posted 06-08-2012 06:03 PM

I just bought the one Bert mentioned, even though I was set on getting a smaller one. That was due to a lot of the advise I got here. Ripthorn, how can you be sure the Rikon is so much better quality than the HF if you have never tired either? If you read reviews anywhere on that HF lathe (including here), it rates very highly. Disparaging a product just because of it’s name brand without any first or even second hand experience can be quite misleading.

A10GAC – I would strongly urge you to consider the larger HF lathe. Why waste the initial investment if you plan to upgrade? I really don’t plan on turning anything large, however I will use the additional power. In addition, Michael is correct. While my lathe cost me barely 200.00, I have about triple that amount invested in the form of tooling, chucks, mandrels, etc. If you count the worksharp 3000 I bought a few weeks back it’s quadruple the cost of the lathe. Not only that but due to some unexpected illnesses in my family, I have not even taken anything out of the boxes yet, so I many find I need more “stuff”. I had similar space issues and got pretty creative with shop fixtures that could be dual purpose, and also bought a shed to house the larger outdoor power equipment. Gas and sawdust do not (and should not) mix anyway.


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