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Forum topic by Clutch posted 01-12-2015 03:39 AM 834 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Clutch

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01-12-2015 03:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: rikon 70-100 rikon 70-220 rikon lathe

After reading and appreciating the resources here for some time, my first post finds me seeking help on a lathe purchase.

I will be strictly turning baseball bats and other spindles approximately 3 inches in diameter and 30-38 inches in length.

Billets will be kiln dried and come round.

My question is if the Rikon 70-100 and it’s 1/2 horsepower motor is enough to handle this workload on a regular basis or if I should spend the extra $200 on the Rikon 70-220 with the 1 HP motor?

Thank you.


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TheDane

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#1 posted 01-12-2015 03:47 AM

I would go for the 1hp model. A bat is a good-sized spindle and you’ll be turning pretty hard material … the extra 1/2hp would come in real handy.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 01-12-2015 04:07 AM

1 HP.Saw one at Woodcraft today-looks hefty and well built.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#3 posted 01-12-2015 03:12 PM

+1 to TheDane and jeff. You’ll never regret having the additional hp. As Tim the Tool Man used to say, “More power!”

Ron

-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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Clutch

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#4 posted 01-12-2015 09:44 PM

Well, you guys pushed me over the cliff. Will be getting one soon.

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TheDane

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#5 posted 01-12-2015 11:48 PM

Well, you guys pushed me over the cliff. Will be getting one soon.

Oh sure, blame it on us!

Good luck with your new lathe … if you have questions or need advice, we are here to help!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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