30 Dec. 2009|
Rikon wood lathe parts,mini wooden catapult plans,floating wall shelves design ideas - For Outdoors
Brand-new to market in 2009, Rikon’s 70-200EVS lathe seems thoughtfully engineered and ready to take the competition to task with a couple of impressive features.
The indexed head on Rikon's lathe expands machining options and its four bearing headstock spins very smoothly. The tailstock sole on Rikon's lathe is longer than most others on the market, which helps it combat creeping along the bed.
At day’s end, I think Rikon has a promising new lathe here, right out of the starting gate.
In an effort to combat creeping along the bed, Rikon designed the tailstock’s sole several inches longer than the other machines.
But, moving the belt’s position to different speed ranges would have been easier if the doors had a latch instead of an Allen bolt. Rikon tells me that this sophisticated controller adjusts line frequency to help reduce electrical and mechanical stress at startup. One of only three 12" mini-lathes I found, the 70-100 handles heavy cuts without vibrating -- I was able to stand a nickel on the lathe bed while turning. You can turn bowls, platters, hollow vessels, bottle stoppers, drawer pulls, chair spindles, and table legs -- all for about half the price or less of the cheapest mid-size lathe.
We define a mini-lathe as any benchtop lathe with 20" or less capacity between centers and 12" or less of swing (the largest diameter workpiece you can turn on the lathe).
In fact, it barely warmed up to the touch, while the other lathe motors became really toasty.