Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 26

Thread: Purchasing new lathe soon

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Rittman Ohio
    Posts
    13

    Purchasing new lathe soon

    I am wondering what lathe to get. I have been using my turncrafter 10" swing lathe for a while now and the motor and wing is to small for which I want to do.

    I have found two lathes I that have what is want at woodcraft.

    This is the link to the Rikon.

    http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/200...del-70425.aspx

    Jet

    http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/200...VS-112-HP.aspx

    I see very little differences in them besides one is slightly cheaper.

    Any recommendations?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Inside the Beltway
    Posts
    2,666
    Adam,

    They're both fine tools, and I'm sure you'd be happy with either.

    Here's the one I want: http://www.grizzly.com/products/18-X...od-Lathe/G0698

    Of course, you could always go up a little in price and try one of these: http://www.powermatic.com/Products.aspx?Part=1352001

    That seems to be the end of the upgrade path for most people. Me, I'm a long ways from there...

    Thanks,

    Bill

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    Posts
    8,529
    were it me I'd go with the Rikon, the 20" swing would be nice to have and the jet only has a 16" swing, although the Jet can handle longer pieces. I don't do spindle work so it wouldn't make much differance to me
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Rittman Ohio
    Posts
    13
    HMM the grizzly seems better price but i must stick with 110 single phase motor.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    S E Washington State
    Posts
    3,777
    For some reason, when I look at the information on the Rikon I get the information on the jet? They are so close in specs, I think it would be a matter of color choice between the two.
    "We the People ......"

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Posts
    11,833
    On various forums Rikon seems to be a love/hate situation. Lots of folks with problems.
    The Jet is a consistent favorite of many.
    As suggested do consider the Grizzly.
    I am enormously happy with my G0632. However, the newer G0698 seems to outdo it in features and about the same price.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    bethel springs TN, but was born and raised in north east PA
    Posts
    3,132
    As said do consider the go698. I have that lathe and for the price you can't go wrong. It is 220 volt but is worth putting in 220 to the shop if you don't have it.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    4,006
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
    Stupid hurts.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Salt Spring Island, BC Canada
    Posts
    2,070
    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Thoits View Post
    That is a good lathe too Chuck but from the size that he is looking at I think this is a bettre direct drive system. The 162444 is still belt adjust to change speeds.

    http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/200...-XP-Lathe.aspx

    Of course I am bias as I have the DVRXP with the cast stand and outrigger and have tried a couple of the others. The powermatic is a great machine too and our club just purchased one.
    Daily Thought: SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE SLINKIES..... NOT REALLY GOOD FOR ANYTHING BUT THEY BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE WHEN PUSHED DOWN THE STAIRS...............

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    4,006
    I looked at that Drew But went with the other just to keep the price down
    Not for me for the thread.
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
    Stupid hurts.

Similar Threads

  1. Laser Light Purchasing Questions
    By Dan Mosley in forum General Woodturning Q&A
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 11-25-2012, 04:41 AM
  2. Purchasing an acreage?
    By Wes Billups in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 29
    Last Post: 09-16-2008, 09:45 AM
  3. Advice on purchasing a bench vise??
    By Jesse Cloud in forum General Woodworking Q&A
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 07-15-2007, 06:31 PM
  4. Wood Purchasing Questions
    By Joe Collazo in forum General Woodworking Q&A
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 02-12-2007, 12:01 AM
  5. Wood Purchasing Questions
    By Joe Collazo in forum General Woodturning Q&A
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-11-2007, 08:42 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •