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Forum topic by 3285jeff posted 10-04-2014 06:30 PM 1664 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-04-2014 06:30 PM

Well i thought i had decided on getting a 70-100 rikon mini lathe,,,but i found one called the comet nova,,,,lol,,still scratching my head now,,,,can anyone give their option of either,,,

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#1 posted 10-04-2014 06:51 PM

The Comet II has variable speed and more powerful motor, but it’s about $200 more.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 10-04-2014 06:56 PM

The Rikon is a good lathe, I have it’s little brother that I use for buffing and an occasional pen…but the comet is a really nice lathe, in my mind better built and a long time keeper.

-- Mike

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#3 posted 10-04-2014 07:31 PM

Have you seen the new Rikon VS mini? Guess some Woodcraft stores have them already.

Went to but did not see it.

Early on Comet II had issues, cannot remember what they were and if resolved.

-- Bill

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#4 posted 10-04-2014 07:32 PM

Nova makes good lathes.

You might check whether things like bed extensions
are available for either model and whether the
prices for compatible accessories seem reasonable.

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#5 posted 10-08-2014 02:43 AM

I’d say there are so little differences that it might be just a matter of which you can get the better price at the time. one from Harbor Freight? I’d say don’t do that. I have the Rikon, I know of 3 friends who do too. I know an RV park that has 5 rikons at their wood shop. they both can be found from time to time on sale.

-- retired GM/Delphi , Retired USN/USAFR

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#6 posted 10-11-2014 09:31 AM

Just picked up the new Rikon 70-220VSR yesterday. With an advertised 12 1/2 inch swing, 1 hp motor, electronic variable speed and reverse it” worth a look. Review to follow in a few weeks.

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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