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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:50 pm 
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OK, I have not contacted their customer service to discuss these issues. Based on the response to a previous problem I have my doubts about a satisfactory response. That said ....

This little lathe has what should be a handy lamp attached to the head stock. However the vibrations of roughing out a piece would cause it to droop and would never stay in place. On examination I found that the lock nut on the inside of the casting hadn't even been threaded onto the flexible gooseneck of the lamp. Required removing the headstock to gain access and get it cinched up in place. Lamp pretty much stays put now.

The main power cord plugs into a socket in the back of the motor control box, a socket like the ones on the back of most electronic equipment these days. Not sure why perhaps ease of assembly at their end. This socket is a rather fragile bakelite material that when stressed, became separated from the mounting 'ears'. Socket was toast, no replacement part available locally. I just opted to hard wire the power cord rather than fuss with it any more.

The tool rest required a good deal of dressing with a file to get the casting marks out of the top edge. Something I would have expected even for an inexpensive turning option like this lathe. Overall fit & finish isn't much to brag about, either.

The variable speed controller has an odd hesitation before the spindle spins up when the lathe is turned on. Not a defect, just something to beware of. The toothed belt is a bit on the noisy side. This little guy makes as much noise as my big lathe.

While I find many issues with the quality control on this lathe, it does satisfy my own need for a portable mini lathe to lug along to club demonstrations and for smaller projects where I don't want to tie up the bigger Powermatic. As perhaps the most economical entry into the world of turning, it's a viable option. I would, however, suggest that if the budget's there, one would be wise to consider the Jet mini for this size/class of tool.

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Not that surprising to me. I have a friend who bought one from them and he wasn't terribly impress either. I love my little Rikon. 8)

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:12 pm 
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Another vote for the "little Rikon"

I use mine as a buffing station in the shop and take it out for demos.

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