Anyone have any experience with either of these, in particular the Rikon
is the Model 70-100 mini lathe and the Jet would be 708375. Woodcraft
sells both for $249.99. This weekend they have a 10% off sale on all
tools, with some exceptions. That would bring each to about $225. The
JET comes with a free 5 piece Mini Turning set (value $19.99) plus a $25
mail in rebate. After rebate the Jet would be about $200.
From my research, JET has been around for a while (that's obvious) but
Rikon has been getting good reviews. This particular JET seems to be a
new model (or that is how everyone is selling it). Accessories (bed
extensions, stands, etc) cost the same for both.
I've had a Jet mini for years and it's a great lathe...
I've never used the Rikon, but I've been considering one... seems to have nice
features and all.. same price as the Jet..
It weighs a bit more than the jet, but for most folks that's probably a good
thing.. not for me since the mini is my "traveling to shows" lathe..
I can't speak for Rikon, but jet has a very good reputation, AFAIK... I also
have a Jet 1442VS lathe and it's taken a lifetime of abuse in the last 3 or 4
years and still works well..
When my mini was about 6 months old, the motor burned out.. Jet replaced it
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