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RIKON 70-100 12-by-16-Inch Mini Lathe

4.3 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
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  • Easy Access Speed Change: Provides ample room to change speeds quickly
  • Self Ejecting Tail Stock: No need to use the knock-out bar to remove the center
  • Laser engraved ram with 2-1/2-Inch travel
  • Ability to Add Multiple Extensions
  • 1/2HP Motor
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Product Description

Product Description

Model 70-100 Rikon has taken the standard mini lathe to the next level with increased capacity - this mini lathe does more in less space. Featuring a 12" swing and 16" between centers with the ability to add one or more bed extensions. Shipping weight 89 lbs. Features: 12 position indexing head, self-ejecting tailstock with 2-1/2" ram travel, 8" tool rest, convenient lifting handle, tool holder, easy access to the top and bottom pulleys for quick speed changes, six speed (430, 810, 1,230, 1,810, 2,670, 3,900), #2 MT head stock, powered by a 1/2 HP TEFC motor. Overall dimensions: 32" long x 10-1/2" wide x 19" high. Includes: 8 tool rest, live center, 3 faceplate, spur center, tooling knockout.


With its increased capacity, the RIKON 70-100 12-by-16-Inch Mini Lathe gives you the opportunity to do more with less space. This powerful, smooth-running lathe offers unique features like a 12-position index head for accurate pattern work, easy access for quick speed changes, a convenient tool holder, and the ability to add multiple extensions.

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12-by-16-Inch Mini Lathe
At a Glance:
  • Largest mini lathe in the industry
  • Easy-access speed change for quick speed adjustments
  • Unique 12-position indexing head for detail work
  • Equipped for additional extensions
  • Two-year warranty
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RIKON 70-100 12- by 16-Inch Mini Lathe
Powerful mini lathe has 12-position index for accurate work; its compact design allows it to fit in tight spaces. View larger.
RIKON 70-100 12- by 16-Inch Mini Lathe
Lock the wood in multiple positions for better accuracy in detail work.
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Largest Mini Lathe in the Industry
The RIKON Mini Lathe features the largest capacity in the industry, and with options for multiple extensions, it allows you to work with larger pieces. With 12 inches over the bed and 16 inches between centers, the RIKON Mini Lathe gives you space to do your work while maintaining a low profile on your workbench.

Change Speeds Quickly and Easily
With the easy-access speed change feature, the Mini Lathe lets you quickly change speeds--from 430 to 810, 1,230, 1,810, 2,670, and 3,900. An access cover opens up to give you room to adjust the drive belt, and it features a handy chart for determining spindle speed. A conveniently located and easy-to-use locking arm and tension-release lever are also used when adjusting the speed.

Indexing Head for Detail Work
Unique to the RIKON Mini lathe, a 12-position indexing head allows you to lock the work piece in multiple positions for improved accuracy in detail work. You can easily perform detailed pattern work on projects such as straight fluting, grooving, drilling, layout, and more. The 12-position indexing head also allows the spindle to be locked in place for easy removal of face plates, chucks, and other accessories.

Self-Ejecting Tail Stock Saves Time
Since you won't need to use the knock-out bar to remove the center, you can save time and reduce frustration with the RIKON Mini Lathe self-ejecting tail stock. With a ram that can travel up to 2-1/2 inches, the tail stock can also be moved along the lathe bed by loosening the locking lever and then relocking it in the desired position.

User-Friendly Features Offer Convenience
Several convenient features make the RIKON Mini Lathe easy to use, such as a flip-up handle for mobility, a nylon face plate washer that prevents accessories from sticking to the spindle, and a tool holder near the back of the machine that gives you easy access to your centers and knockout bars.

Accessory Options for Versatility
With several accessories available to customize the RIKON Mini Lathe, you can tailor this machine to fit your needs. You have the ability to add multiple extensions, use differently sized tool rests and face plates, and you can mount the RIKON to a stand that adjusts to your working height.

Warranty Information
The RIKON 70-100 12-by-16-Inch Mini Lathe is backed by a manufacturer's two-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
RIKON 70-100 12-by-16-Inch Mini Lathe, knockout bar, adjustment wrench, 8-inch tool rest, live center, spur center, spindle lock assembly, knockout bar for live center pointer, tool holder, pan head screw, and owner's manual.

RIKON 70-100 12- by 16-Inch Mini Lathe
Mini lathe is ideal for fluting, grooving, drilling, layout, and more.

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Technical Details

Part Number 70-100
Item Weight 91.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 33.8 x 18 x 11.5 inches
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Item model number 70-100
Power Source corded-electric
Item Package Quantity 1
Warranty Description 5 Year Warranty

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Customer Reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #184,213 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#19 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Lathes > Wood Lathes
Shipping Weight 91.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available July 14, 2009

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I received this lathe recently and have enjoyed using it with several issues however. The first time that I turned it on the pully slid off the motor shaft and wedged between the shaft and the body. So if you get this lathe make sure that the allen screw is tightened on the pulley beforehand. I have found the tailstock to be a bit weak. Having used this lathe for a week the retainer ring broke in the tailstock and boogered up the threads.

I have contacted Rikon twice on this issue, twice by email, once by phone. I was told in an email that replacement parts to repair the lathe would be sent. I sent a second email because I heard nothing else, and have as yet not received any parts. So I called, the woman told me she would call me back as soon as she spoke to the person who I had emailed. I still haven't heard anything back. I waited to give this lathe a review because in all fairness it is a good starter lathe or a great lathe for small projects. It runs smoothly and it is a joy to use with the exception of the above mentioned cons,
but I am very disappointed by the lack of support. I own a rikon bandsaw as well as this lathe but because of this lack of support will look elsewhere for future purchases. Whether it was my own fault for over-tightening the tailstock or it was just a weak retainer clip I am unable to use my lathe. I would be happy to pay for replacement parts as well, if someone would just contact me.
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I received the lathe and was so excited to try my hand at turning. I pulled the unit out of the box which had obviously been dropped or something because of the huge dent and cracked/crumbled styrofoam on one corner. Luckily there was a lot of styrofoam on the corner and no parts were damaged!

Everything looked great and I'm thinking to myself "I'm feeling pretty good about getting this lathe vs. the jet 12x20" but then I see that the manual and the tool rest are missing (what a bummer, I had wood ready to turn and all)! So, Im not concerned about the manual but a tool rest would have been great!

I really hope to update this post with good info about Rikon's customer service and I hope they correct the problem very fast (Im thinking 5 star product once I get as chance to use it). Until then, I can't even get started and therefore have no review about how well it works. Otherwise, spurs line up perfect (and I mean PERFECT), motor runs smooth and quiet and everything looks/feels great.

UPDATE: I received the 8" tool rest and the manual within 4 days. In the meantime I had bought a curved tool rest and turned two bowls which verified my initial thought about this lathe ... it's fantastic, 5 stars all the way. The locking arm that holds the tool rest is machined a bit loose however it has not stripped out and I don't think it will anytime soon. All in all this is a well made machine for the money and it turns out Rikon customer service is very good also.
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I bought one of these a couple of weeks ago to make specialized "beaters" for my bodhran (Irish frame drum). It took just a few minutes to set up and I've made several nice pieces since then. I haven't used a wood lathe since Jr. High shop class, some 40 years ago, so I don't have much experience. But with the help of a good book and a wide range of YouTube videos on wood turning, I'm having lots of fun. I recommend this lathe.
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I'm a professional woodworker and wanted to start turning to add to my designs. This is my first lathe and did not want to spend an arm and a leg to get started. Base upon on line reviews I bought the Rikon primarily because of the quality bearings they use. It's only been a few weeks but so far is works very well considering the reasonable price. The drive center and spur center that comes with the lathe are just okay so I added new centers which makes it much easier to use. (PSI woodworking part: LCENTLT2 & CENTSS22)
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I am Brand new to wood turning, but here is my first look at this lathe.
It was bigger then I expected, the price was great, the range of speed was good, and the power is pretty awesome too.
My complaint is that the way you change speeds is by moving the motor up and loosening the pulley, moving the belt up or down the pulley's lowering the motor to re tighten the pulley and secure. It takes enough time to notice and if you're doing a lot of changing gets tedious. However, if what you are looking for is a wide range of good specs, this is the biggest inconvenience I found with the design of the lathe itself and everything else works just perfect.

Other complaints not having to do with the design of the product:
The shipping box I received it in had holes and had been thrown and dropped, I had read previous complaints that this happens and sure enough the problem still exists. When I received the box, it was delivered upside down with no indication on which side was up, so my lathe was sitting feet up and resting on the plastic cover that covers the pulleys (now the cover is bent) but besides that, the lathe was so heavy and sturdy that I plugged it in and it ran perfect first try. just know that the shipping company doesn't care to lug your stuff around for you.
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