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Forum topic by DaveInGA posted 05-13-2018 08:59 AM 884 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DaveInGA

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05-13-2018 08:59 AM

Hello,

I’ve read everything I could find on the Rikon 70-220VSR Midi lathe on Lumberjocks and I see mentioned in quite a number of reviews in the 2014-2015 time frame the Rikon had issues with the controller circuit board failing. After 2015, I only see a couple mentions of this lathe on the forum.

What I’m wondering is if Rikon has resolved the problems with the circuit board of if it is still an ongoing problem. Can anyone who owns this lathe let me know how things have gone and if the problem has been resolved?

Thank you,

Dave

-- Dave back into woodworking in Jefferson, GA


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Woodmaster1

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#1 posted 05-13-2018 10:10 AM

I have had my Rikon lathe for three years no issues. I have turned several things including 10” bowls.

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DaveInGA

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#2 posted 05-13-2018 11:01 AM

Thank you for the answer. Sounds like they may have resolved the issue in 2015 then. Nice looking bowl, I like the mixture of wood types.

Dave

-- Dave back into woodworking in Jefferson, GA

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Hockey

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#3 posted 05-13-2018 02:47 PM

I have only heard good things about the Rikon 70-220vsr. It was one of my contenders to purchase. It does have a 5 year warranty, and the customer service appears to be excellent from what I have read on the internet.

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#4 posted 05-14-2018 03:15 PM

I’ve had my Rikon for 3-4 yrs now and I love it. I had trouble once with the digital readout not working correctly. I talked with customer support and they told me how to correct the problem. There was a dust accumulation on the sensor. I cleaned it and it’s been fine since. I’d recommend this lathe to anyone. It has a lot of features such as VSR and a lower price point that some other midis. It’s easy to change speeds.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#5 posted 05-14-2018 11:01 PM

I bought one a couple years ago, and had to have a new speed control unit sent to me after just a few weeks. Pretty easy swap, no problem getting it, customer support was very good. Also had problems with the index mechanism, pin would drop into some holes, not others. Replaced the pin (easy) but it didn’t help, replaced the pulley and index assembly (PITA), still didn’t help. Rikon then sent me a new lathe, and picked up the old one. Everything is good now, so it might have been problems with early models. It’s a nice lathe for it’s class and price. I use it primarily for spindle work, and have turned some 10” bowls on it. For larger work, I turn to my Vicmarc 300, which has 24” swing and weighs in at about 1000 lbs.

-- Thanks, Marc Sitkin, Harwich, MA

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marcsitkin

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#6 posted 05-14-2018 11:01 PM

I bought one a couple years ago, and had to have a new speed control unit sent to me after just a few weeks. Pretty easy swap, no problem getting it, customer support was very good. Also had problems with the index mechanism, pin would drop into some holes, not others. Replaced the pin (easy) but it didn’t help, replaced the pulley and index assembly (PITA), still didn’t help. Rikon then sent me a new lathe, and picked up the old one. Everything is good now, so it might have been problems with early models. It’s a nice lathe for it’s class and price. I use it primarily for spindle work, and have turned some 10” bowls on it. For larger work, I turn to my Vicmarc 300, which has 24” swing and weighs in at about 1000 lbs.

-- Thanks, Marc Sitkin, Harwich, MA

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tonylumps

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#7 posted 05-16-2018 01:32 PM

I have had mine now almost 2 years now .No problems at all. I stepped up from the 70-100 and still have that one never had a problem with that either. Because i do mostly pens the VS really comes in handy.

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DaveInGA

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#8 posted 05-20-2018 01:24 AM

Gentlemen,

Thank you for the answers. I’ve looked at several of the mini lathes now and so far, the Rikon is still holding it’s own against all comers for price vs. specifications. I’m planning on buying one unless somebody comes out with something better for the same or less money before I do an I’m seriously doubting that.

Dave

-- Dave back into woodworking in Jefferson, GA

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Woodknack

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#9 posted 05-20-2018 03:48 AM

The Delta 46-460 has a stronger motor and is less expensive. For many years the local Jet distributor used a Delta as their demo lathe, lol. According to one review (Wood maybe), the Rikon motor HP was significantly exaggerated. I think it had the weakest motor in the test. It’s a nice looking lathe though, proven design (same as Jet and others I think). Overpriced IMO but probably make you happy.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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DaveInGA

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#10 posted 05-20-2018 11:11 AM

I’m often cynical about magazine reviews, especially older magazines where certain manufacturers have advertised for years. I did check into the Delta 46-460 and read quite a few reviews from folks online as well as reading this mini-midi lathe review that I felt was very informative:

http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/review-midi-and-mini-lathes/

While power is important, for me, it’s the sum parts of the lathe and in the sum, the Rikon wins out. Also, I can get the Rikon for $616.31 from a local shop near my hometown. That’s less expensive than what I can get the Delta for. The Rikon reviews I’ve read have been positive and the vast majority of those that needed customer support were helped and received parts in a timely manner.

Here’s a thread about the Delta I read: https://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?191163-Delta-46-460-Negative-Comments I find it disturbing when I read of a customer taking forever to get service parts for their tool under warranty in today’s competitive market. It shows a company with a lack of concern about their customer’s satisfaction. Getting parts in a timely manner on a breakdown is important to me. If a company is slow to provide parts under warranty, how are they going to treat you when it’s out of warranty and you need to buy parts only they can provide?

After reading the above review by Mr. Conover, I was struck by his simple sincerity in his review. He pointed out both positives and negatives (where a lathe had them) and offered his opinion on which picks he would buy. His first choice would be the Colt (mine too, it’s a knock out). He also really liked the Jet. But he made three comments about the Rikon that jumped out at me: “The RIKON is also one of two lathes in this review with a 1″-diameter tool-rest (as opposed to 5/8″ for most). This adds a huge amount of strength and stability to this most important lathe component.” plus “It had a very nice fit and finish with a surface-ground bed, 3-1⁄2″ quill travel and a center-to-center distance of 20″ (45-3⁄8″ with extension) that has me over the moon. Furniture makers can turn the back posts for rocking chairs with room left over.” and “With good power and easy controls that make this lathe a pleasure to use, if price is a key factor for you, this lathe would be my first pick.”

At this point, I’m probably going to go with the Rikon, but if I don’t, it’ll be the Colt I buy. In both cases, with the bed extensions and a stand. I don’t really want a stand, but I may have to due to room in my garage.

-- Dave back into woodworking in Jefferson, GA

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LeeMills

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#11 posted 05-20-2018 12:32 PM



At this point, I m probably going to go with the Rikon, but if I don t, it ll be the Colt I buy. In both cases, with the bed extensions and a stand. I don t really want a stand, but I may have to due to room in my garage.

Nothing wrong with mini lathes, my daughter has one and it works fine.
But your last sentence surprised me a little. I don’t know your local prices but at Woodcraft the bed extension is +$180, the stand a +$150, and the stand extension another +130.
I would rather have the oomph of 1.5 hp over the convenience of moving the belt one or two time in a turning.
BTW, the mini’s still have a three position pulley which you have to move the belt on to get the full rpm range.
https://www.tools-plus.com/nova-lathes-24221.html

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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DaveInGA

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#12 posted 05-20-2018 03:28 PM

You make a good point Lee, by the time I buy the extras, I could just have the bigger, stronger tool. Have to think on and research that one. But then, I’d want the cast iron legs, so by the time I buy them….

-- Dave back into woodworking in Jefferson, GA

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LeeMills

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#13 posted 05-20-2018 05:38 PM

Cast iron legs would be good. I still use the same tube steel that came with mine with no problem.
Not to difficult to add a shelf and 50 lbs bags of play sand are less than $4.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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