rikon 70-100 mini lathe

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Forum topic by 3285jeff posted 03-08-2015 05:14 PM 596 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2015 05:14 PM

I have the rikon 70-100 mini lathe and I have no complaints about it;;;but I do wish it was variable speed and actually I have thought about adding the variable speed kit to it but was noticing the difference in rpm;;;as it is now the rpm is 3900 and with the kit it cuts it down to 3300;;;needless to say the motor has to be changed but both are a 1/2 horsepower;;;my concern is the torque between the 2;;;has anyone put this kit on and can anyone give me some comments on this subject;;;thank you

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#1 posted 03-08-2015 05:44 PM


I have two of them new in the box I have never used yet. Here is a link to what PSI and it’s specs Motor 1700 rpm – Shaft Speeds: Variable 1st step 650-1450 rpm, 2nd step 1250-2800 rpm, 3rd step 1600-3800 rpm.

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#2 posted 03-09-2015 07:20 AM

I have the 70-100 but frankly, I think the VS kit sounds underpowered at 1/2 HP. I think I’ll leave it as-is and at some point get a larger lathe. At least belt changes are pretty easy on this lathe.

I’ve not turned bowls yet, and if I get hooked and want to make bowls larger than would be possible on a midi, I’ll upgrade to a model with a larger swing sometime down the road.

I put a bed extension on my lathe one month after I got it. For turning, and boring out, long objects like pepper mills, you really need a long lathe.

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