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Forum topic by loiblb posted 11-13-2016 03:12 PM 456 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-13-2016 03:12 PM

New pen lathe.

I’m looking at the Rikon mini Lathe 70-100 and the Jet mini Lathe 1015 non variable speed units.

I can get either one at same cost in my area. Is there any quality of brand difference?

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#1 posted 11-13-2016 04:28 PM

The Rikon has been around longer so Jet, has less reviews. I would opt for the Jet only because owned a Jet 1014 for several years and sold it for more than half of what bought it for. Either the Rikon or Jet make great pen turning lathe.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 11-13-2016 06:12 PM

I have a older Jet. Mine is variable speed. Good lathe. The one thing I don’t like is the belt access door is on the back side. I don’t change belt speed often, but a pain on the jet. Not sure about the Ricon. My older Delta belt door is on the front side. The jet has all metal parts, where the Delta has some plastic. Compare the Ricon to those features. However I would get the variable speed having used both.

-- Bill R

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#3 posted 11-13-2016 09:47 PM

I can vouch for the Rikon. Owned one close to 4 years, purchased @ $300. and sold it for $275 with just the accessories that came with it. It has been around for a long time and has proven itself. Front door for changing belts.
The Rikon has a 12’’ turning capacity with a 16’’ long bed. The jet has a 10’’ capacity and a 15’’ bed. The 2’’ difference in diameter is a big deal, the bed length, not so much. Not as familiar with the Jet so can’t say much there. Both are very good and trusted lathes. Good luck.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 11-13-2016 10:21 PM

I am a fan of jet, and I own a 16×42evs, never owned or used the rikon. I also like the variable speed control versions. My 1st lathe was that rockler excelsior 10” lathe. It worked well, but I found moving the belt to change speed real a pain.
However if you are going to stick with one of the two you listed, I think I would go with the Rikon. They seem to both have equally good reviews, and the Rikon has that extra swing. The rockler lathe I started on only had a 10” swing. Nice to have the option to turn a little larger item when you want.

-- John

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