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#1 posted 03-22-2014 09:07 PM

I have the delta about the same size as the rikon.
I use it purely for pens.Absolutely nothing else, as I have also a very large six foot bed lathe and a dedicated bowl lathe which turns around 22 inches of bowls.The expense for making pens need not be too uncomfortably high as equipment is quite light on the wallet,It is done between centres and therefore unles you decide to use it for bowls small bowls then you wont need to buy a chuck.I mostly reccomend buying a good condition used for the following reasons.
One you might get a lathe which someone has bought and never really either had time to pursue. Or perhaps they have grown quickly tired of.Or it might might be a hobby that turns out not to be right for the individual after all.
TWO you might make this way quite a saving on the cost of the lathe and
Three you should try IMHO to get as big a lathe as you can afford—or accomodate physically and use .
As you if you do like penmaking will almost get the bug and decide to do more than just pens in the long term.
I wish you well and hope you get all there is to turn with in a realistically priced low cost package. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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