Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Cumming, GA. North of Atlanta.
I've had the Rikon for about 18 months now. It's my first lathe, and I've been very happy with it. Good torque for a small lathe, belt changes are easy and more accessible than the Jet. I use it for bowl turning, mostly green wood. The key as with all "portable" lathes is to give it a solid base so it doesn't move.
I have only one complaint, which I blieve is true with all of the minis. The banjo is too short. if you're turning a platter as big as the lathe allows, you cant get the toolrest far enough out to turn the outer edge of the platter. I suppose you could fabricate a shaped tool rest to get out there, but why call it a 12" lathe if you cannot turn out that far?