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Rikon 70-220 VSR Customer Service

Rikon 70-220 VSR Customer Service

08-21-2015 06:59 PM by woodmaker | 5 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 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 | 5 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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5th day with the New G0733

5th day with the New G0733

02-19-2015 12:18 PM by CyF | 5 comments »

I had said in my Blog about the trip to Grizzly that I would post a review after using the new lathe for a bit. Well I have wasted no time. I have already been on it about 15 hours in five days. But a little history first. I have owned and used 7 lathes over the past 25 years. They have all been Step pulley or Reeves drive machines, until I modified the one I was using before I got the new lathe, It I had modified with a treadmill motor and controller, but tread mill motors are NOISY. S...

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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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Harbor freight lathe not for me

Harbor freight lathe not for me

12-30-2014 05:55 PM by RichM | 8 comments »

I got this lathe after reading reviews and off the word of a few people who have this lathe but it did not preform on any level, I might have just got a bad one but I was not going to give it another chance. heres a link to one issue you will want to fix evan if your motor ends up working ( mine did not) in this video the issue I fix is a common problem with this lathe. http://youtu.be/0NREUdfQozI

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The New Rikon 70-220 VDR Wood Working lathe

The New Rikon 70-220 VDR Wood Working lathe

10-18-2014 04:20 PM by ncdon | 14 comments »

After a couple of weeks of near full time turning I think I can write a decent review of my new Midi Lathe. To date I’ve turned a couple of bowls, several pens and some Christmas ornamentsTo tell the truth I stopped in my local Woodcraft store to look at the Jet 1221. I was very surprised to see a Rikon lathe with virtually identical specs.The 70-220 VSR is an electronically controlled variable speed lathe, with reverse. It advertises a 12 1/2 inch swing over the bed, a 1 hp motor, e...

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Nova DV 2024: Good lathe, good price point - some problems

Nova DV 2024: Good lathe, good price point - some problems

05-05-2014 05:08 PM by mileskimball | 7 comments »

It’s been about six months since purchase, so I thought I’d share my thoughts on the Nova DVR 2024. Pros: I’ve been able to make some really satisfying turnings with it. (That’s the main thing! See picture.) The motor is an intelligent beast. The power is terrific, and the electronic control works as advertised. You can really hear it dig down for more push when you put a load on the workpiece. The service is good. I had a small problem at the beginning, but ...

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Rikon 70-450 EVS Lathe Review: Solid Performance, Cost Saving Finish

Rikon 70-450 EVS Lathe Review: Solid Performance, Cost Saving Finish

01-23-2014 04:53 PM by JamesVavra | 9 comments »

The full review, with more photos, is posted on my blog at http://www.artistryinwood.info/?p=291 The text of the review follows: Rikon 70-450 20” EVS Lathe Review First, a little background on how I landed on this lathe: I started out a little over five years ago on a little 10” benchtop model from Harbor Freight. That got me hooked on turning and I quickly realized I needed bigger gear. Within a few months I had upgraded to a used Jet 1442VS. The Jet is a 14” x 42” 1HP lathe that we...

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Great Value In A Lathe

Great Value In A Lathe

01-18-2014 06:16 PM by OSU55 | 14 comments »

I had never used a lathe for wood turning, and wanted to give it a try. I didn’t want to break the bank to have a lathe for occasional use. As others have, I wound up with this HF model. I haven’t tried anything larger than 6” dia, but so far I’m extremely pleased. I think I paid ~$180 with discounts. Although I’m new to turning, I’m not new to machinery of all types, and a wood lathe is a simple machine (I’ve been in automated manufacturing in eng...

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