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New lathe!

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by John Torchick, May 10, 2013.

  1. John Torchick

    John Torchick

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    I got my new Rikon 70-050VS lathe a while back but remodeling has taken a lot of my time. This has interfered with important things like fishing, hunting, turning. I started it up yesterday to rough-turn a grip for a rod I'm building as an auction item for a fundraiser. I was impressed with how quiet it was and no vibration. I thought something was wrong but found that the VS takes a couple of seconds to start up when I flip the switch. I'm impressed. All I need to do is convince SWMBO that I need about $1K for some more turning tools. :D
     
  2. Rob Wallace

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    Congratulations John!

    Good luck with the new lathe!

    Do you seriously think that only $ 1,000 more will do it? (The vortex spins long, fast, and deep......) ;)

    Turn safely!

    Rob
     
  3. Jeff Gilfor

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    Congrats!!!!

    And yes, one grand is only the beginning!

    I started on that exact same lathe (still bolted to my work bench), and have recently dumped another $5k into the shop, including a new Nova DVR 2024; so, fasten your seatbelts and start working some overtime to pay for everything.
     
  4. Gretch Flo

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    shop costs

    Altho "retired", I work about 30% to support my "habits";) Gretch
     
  5. Betty Scarpino

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    Congratulations John! I remember when I first used my new lathe, such a delight to have a machine that works so well, especially after years of frustration with an inferior lathe. Have fun!

    Betty Scarpino, editor, AW
     
  6. hockenbery

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    Have fun with your new machine!

    What Rob said!! :)

    I've heard some folks say they should give you the lathe..
    We use to have folks who would give us printers since they made all their money on ink!

    You will never run out of things to buy.

    Have fun!
     
  7. john lucas

    john lucas AAW Forum Expert

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    I remember when I sold my POS Delta lathe and bought the Nova Comet. It ran so smooth in comparison to the Delta that my turning improved overnight. I think you'll find the same thing with the Rikon. I've owned one and it was a decent lathe.
     
  8. John Torchick

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    I'm retired. Maybe I could get SWMBO a part-time job. "Do you want the large fries and drink with that?

    Yep, $IK is on the low end but my needs are minimal. I figure on getting some cheap screwdrivers and sharpening them for tools. ;) I made an inletting tool from a small screwdriver for inletting the end of a cork rod grip to insert the reel hood.
     
  9. odie

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    Sort of like buying a Harley.........! :D

    In the long run, though.......I'd say the tools related to lathe turning are more expensive than the Harley accessories........but, then again, some Harleys eat more of your money than others! Ha!

    Good luck with the new lathe.

    ooc
     
  10. Ian Thorn

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    con gats on the new lathe im sure you will have many yrs of fun and with the 3 new tools;)

    Cheers Ian
     
  11. John Torchick

    John Torchick

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    I'm looking forward to spending some time at the lathe. Turning is like fishing- you buy a $25 rod-and-reel outfit and spend $500 on tackle.
    I'm surprised that no one demanded pictures. :confused: I'll show how I adapted the old stand to the new big-boy toy.
     
  12. Ian Thorn

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    Of cause we want pics of the lathe and your work shop then the new toys when you get them

    Ian
     
  13. John Torchick

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    Ian, I thought of that when I was showing it to one of my grandsons yesterday. Also want to show the stroke of genius in modifying the old stand for the new toy. I don't always get a SOG.;)
     

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