RIKON 70-100 Wood Lathe Review

With this review, we’re looking at RIKON, and their 70-100 wood lathe model.

If you don’t have too much time on your hands – don’t stress. I’ve put through a quick overview below of the RIKON 70-100 wood lathe review:

  • Easy access speed change allows for quick speed changed to be made
  • No need to remove the knock-out bar to remove the center thanks to the self ejecting tailstock
  • Features a laser-engraved ram with 2-1/2-Inch travel distance
  • Incredibly adjustable, as you can choose and add multiple extensions onto the model
  • Powerful ½ HP, 6.6 amp motor for continuous work without stopping, increasing overall quality

RIKON are a renowned brand within the industry, and this is no surprise when you take into consideration, the popularity of this wood lathe.

Versatility and adjustability are two examples of lathe characteristics that many woodturners find vital for their projects.

With this model, it’s great to see RIKON have catered for their users with this in mind – with some of the features that we’ll be looking into today.

Specifications & Features

There are many additional accessories and extensions available for this model, unfortunately we don’t have the time to list them all.

Instead, we’ll list the three most important features, the core aspects of the 70-100 that are vital to the overall performance and finish of your turns. As well as this, we’ll delve into the specifications of this model – and that’s where we can start first.

Specifications

  • Weighs a total of 68 lbs
  • 6.6 amp, ½”HP motor
  • Laser engraved ram 1-½ inch travel
  • Six speeds available
  • 12 position indexing head

Motor

Without the motor, you wouldn’t have a lathe – so it’s essential we cover this important component of the lathe before moving on.

RIKON’s motor on this 70-100 model is quite effective, sporting a 6.6 amp, ½ HP motor.

Something you’ll notice upon turning with the 70-100, is how quiet it actually is. With this reduction in noise, there is also an improvement in vibration – with this lathe running incredibly smooth through most applications.

Due to its’ power specifications, there are a number of interesting creations which can be turned, from 12” bowls, to customized fishing rods – just two examples of what some users of this lathe have created over time.

Do you think the motor on this model would get you through your projects, too? Let me know in the comments.

Self-Ejecting Tail Stock

When you start using a wood lathe, it can often be inconvenient setting up and also adjusting the components during and post-turning.

If you’re one of many people who want to minimize the amount of time you spend on these tasks, and instead place more time onto the project itself – you’re definitely going to be a fan of this feature, the self-ejecting tailstock.

How does this save time? Well, for one – you won’t be needing a knock-out bar to remove the centerpiece.

The tail stock is completely adjustable along the bed of the lathe, and is easily moved by a simple lever that is able to lock and unlock upon your command.

Definitely a useful feature, don’t you agree?

Swing Capacity & Dimensions

You may be forgiven for thinking that this smaller lathe would restrict the objects you can work with, meaning you’d have a severe disadvantage over turners who use alternative lathes.

This isn’t the case with the 70-100, as you’re able to work with those larger pieces – and the great thing? You’ll be using less space, meaning an added tick for functionality for this model.

How much space do you have, exactly? RIKON have allowed for a generous At 12” for swing capacity, and 16” between the center accessories. This gives you a very sizeable amount of space to work within.

What’s Included?

RIKON follow a trend of manufacturers in providing a generous amount of accessories with their lathe. After your purchase of the 70-100, you’ll also be opening the following:

  • 1 x RIKON 70-100 wood lathe
  • 1 x Knockout bar
  • 1 x Adjustment wrench
  • 1 x 8” tool-rest
  • 1 x Live center
  • 1 x Spur center
  • 1 x Spindle lock assembly
  • 1 x Knockout bar for live center pointer
  • 1 x Tool holder
  • 1 x Panhead screw

What Makes This Model So Unique?

Naturally, there’s a reason as to why the 70-100 wood lathe in high demand within the eyes of many woodturners.

Not only is this model accommodating for the majority of experience levels, but also thanks to three of its’ unique features, those of which we’ll be looking into next.

Easy Access Speed Change

One of the most user-friendly features for woodturners found on this model, is the speed change options available.

How many speed options do you have, you might be asking? Six. That’s right, it’s not an error.
RIKON provide this selection of speeds to choose from, so you can be comfortable in turning objects of many sizes.

The speeds to choose from range from the following: 430 to 810, then 1230, 1810, 3670 and 3900 RPMs.

And with the easy-access speed change, all you’ll have to do is utilize both the locking arm and the retention-release lever, which will assist in adjusting the speed swiftly, so you’re able to get back to your turning.

The access cover allows adjustments to be made to the drive belt, as well as featuring a useful chart which can be used to regulate the spindle speed.

12 Position Indexing Head

What’s the main purpose of this feature? Well, this serves to give you more patterns to work with when creating projects, and also making these designs easier to create. Thanks for the 12 position indexing head, the spindle can be locked into place.

With the addition of the nylon faceplate washer, you won’t have to worry about your accessories sticking to the spindle.

This is an added perk, which will give you the ability to easily remove any accessories that you design to implement within your work, such as chucks and faceplates.

What are some examples of projects and techniques that you can utilize on this lathe? Thanks to the 12 position indexing head, you can begin drilling, layout, straight fluting and grooving, to name a few.

Versatile Range Of Accessories

The last feature for us to look at today covers a list of accessories, highlighting how versatile the 70-100 RIKON wood lathe is for users. RIKON include these accessories when you open your new 70-100 box for the first time.

The benefit this’ll have for you, is that you’re able to customize the lathe completely to your needs. Nylon face plate washers, centers, and an 8’ tool rest are just some examples of the accessories included with your purchase.

Another drawcard for the 70-100 is the inclusion of a flip-up handle – which is a feature very much welcomed for those who’ll be using their lathe in various locations, making the model easier to transport from site to site.

We look into the full list of included features in the section below, so you can judge for yourself if these align with what you’re needing out a wood lathe.

Summary

I’ve put together as much information within this review, so you’re able to make an informed decision when it comes to purchasing a lathe – either as an upgrade, or for your first model.

The 70-100 may look small, however it definitely boasts some decent power underneath, as we’ve stated throughout this review.

If this is a necessary requirement for you when comparing lathes, you can be assured that this model matches those.

This wood lathe may look small, however it definitely boasts some decent power within its’ adjustable design, as well as enough space to work with larger objects,  making this lathe perfect when used for most turning applications.

It’s a well-built and durable wood lathe, and is made with the user as the primary focus.

It’s for these reasons alone, that I would definitely recommend the 70-100 for, regardless of your turning experience.

Do you agree with what I’ve said throughout this article? Or maybe there’s a feature I missed that you find incredibly important.

Let me know in the comments below – it’ll be great to read your thoughts.

James Thomas

James Thomas

Tool Enthusiast

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