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Tool-less Blade Guide Bearing Retofit

Tool-less Blade Guide Bearing Retofit

04-20-2017 04:11 PM by woodshopmike | 6 comments »

This review is going to just skim the surface as a more detailed review is on my blog here. With that said, let me tell you the big things that make this upgrade great. The new blade guides don’t take up anymore room than the originals, but they’re many times better. The bearings are 6000 series which is a big step up from the skateboard sized bearings that originally came on the saw. Also, adjusting the bearings is very quick an easy. There is a thumb screw on the front of...

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Solid Combo Machine

Solid Combo Machine

03-09-2017 08:23 PM by Goodsh | 8 comments »

Introduction I bought this in 2014 and have now used it enough (and procrastinated enough) that it’s time to do a review. It’s a long one because when I was shopping for this there were no reviews anywhere and now I’m in the same boat with no reviews of table saws I’m looking at so I decided I needed to pay it forward and do my part by doing a detailed review. Hopefully someone finds it useful. In making this purchase I looked at a number of alternatives. I looked at ...

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Rikon lathe stand leg personal opinion

Rikon lathe stand leg personal opinion

05-19-2016 02:37 AM by playingwithmywood | 0 comments »

I understand why Rikon made the legs of this stand the way they did since it is a universal stand and this design is to make it as stable as possible in all situations but they have always annoyed the heck out of me and since the stand came with the lathe since I bought it used I finally solved the annoyance myself and only wish I would have done this sooner I share this cause others might be having the same thoughts of annoyance well I cut my bent legs at the angle weld and then wel...

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Not just a pen lathe

Not just a pen lathe

11-24-2015 01:57 AM by Woodmaster1 | 1 comment »

I purchased this lathe at Johnson’s lumber wood expo in Sept. I can’t tell you how much needed to be assembled as I got the last one and it was the show model. I just completed turning a segmented bowl and it worked great. It did slow down if I got too aggressive but as long as watched that no problems. So far I have turned several Christmas ornaments, 3 lidded bowls, and two segmented bowls. The lathe has performed great. I added the bed extension and the fit was ok but needed to...

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Rikon 70-220 VSR Customer Service

Rikon 70-220 VSR Customer Service

08-21-2015 06:59 PM by woodmaker | 6 comments »

I must brag on Rikon and their customer service.My lathe variable speed indicator stopped working. 1st Rikon sent me a new cable and that worked for a couple days and stopped working again.Rikon sent me a new mother board and switch assembly pronto; which I promptly crossed wires and fried. I contacted Rikon told them what I did and asked how much for a new one. Rod Burrow from Rikon whom I’ve been working with sent me another new one and no cost with an invite to call before I install....

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RIKON 10-351, 14” Professional Bandsaw

RIKON 10-351, 14” Professional Bandsaw

07-17-2015 08:30 PM by John Little | 15 comments »

I purchased this bandsaw to replace my 15+ year old Jet 14”, primarily to gain additional resaw capability and boy does this machine deliver. The 3 hp motor and 14” of resaw height gives me all the capability I could ever use. This is my first Rikon tool and I am impressed with everything about it so far. It is a beast weighing in at over 300 lbs (over 400 in shipping crate). It came well packed in a wooden crate and had no damage. Plan on several helpers to lift it off the pallet. I go...

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The Rikon 10-345, 18 inch Bandsaw

The Rikon 10-345, 18 inch Bandsaw

03-31-2015 12:43 PM by ncdon | 16 comments »

It’s been about 6 weeks since I picked up my new saw so I’ve had some time to create saw dust with it. The Rikon 18 replaced a PC 14 which I’ve used for several years.First impressions. This saw is big, it’s heavy, so if you bring one home, have a friend or two handy. My saw was well packed in it’s shipping crate and had no damage. Assembly amounted to mounting the table, assembling the fence and mounting some hand wheels. Tuning is well covered in the owner...

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Rikon 70-220 VSR

Rikon 70-220 VSR

03-23-2015 05:30 PM by woodmaker | 3 comments »

After a couple of months of turning I think I can write a decent review of my new Midi Lathe. To date I’ve only been practicing turning some spindles and learning to work with the “Easy Lathe Tools”. I just purchased a pen kit and some bottle stoppers to make as soon as my fingers heal from the band saw incident. I stopped in my local Woodcraft store to look at lathes and when I saw this one I just fell in love with it. I was very surprised to see a Rikon lathe with virtuall...

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problems but fast customer service

problems but fast customer service

03-12-2015 08:06 PM by Ray s | 6 comments »

I purchased a new Rikon 70-220VSR lathe on the 11th of November 2014 from Woodcraft. I turned a few pieces and the Rikon stopped working. I called customer service and they sent a new control board via two day mail. It took very little time to install and the lather worked like a charm. One caveat, you must stop the motor and wait for the speed indicator to clear prior to changing from forward to reverse of vice-verso. Cheers for the customer support for the fast identification and deliver...

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Could have been so much better....

Could have been so much better....

01-13-2015 09:03 AM by Nate L. | 10 comments »

I will start this review with an email that I sent to the Rikon Tech support team about a week ago. “I have had my 70-220VSR lathe for about a month now. First let me say that the customer service has been great. The CS department has done what they need to do so far to take care of me. I originally ordered the lathe through Woodcraft. The lathe showed up in a timely fashion. After unboxing, I conducted a function check and noticed that the spindle was not spinning true. I remo...

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