RIKON Power Tools 70-220VSR 12-1/2″ x 20″ VSR MIDI Lathe

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1HP motor delivers all the power you need for turning spindles to large bowls or platters.

Big turning capacity of 12-1/2″ diameter swing and 20″ between centers.

24 Postion Index head allows accurate pattern or design work on projects.

Electronic variable speeds 250-3850RPM with LED display and forward/reverse functions.

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Style:12-1/2″ x 20″

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‎124 pounds

Product Dimensions

‎12 x 40.75 x 18 inches

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Is Discontinued By Manufacturer



‎12-1/2" x 20"



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Batteries Required?


Warranty Description

‎5 Year





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#47,098 in Tools & Home Improvement (See Top 100 in Tools & Home Improvement)#2 in Power Wood Lathes

Date First Available

January 23, 2015

10 reviews for RIKON Power Tools 70-220VSR 12-1/2″ x 20″ VSR MIDI Lathe

  1. Shaun

    I received my lathe yesterday. I ordered this lathe after getting to use it in an into class at Woodcraft. I really like the size, weight, and features, such as the variable speed, reverse, and warranty. The item took longer to arrive than was originally estimated, but I was expecting that. I used it for the first time last night and the tailstock and headstock match up, so that is good. It is quiet and doesn’t vibrate much at all. My main concerns are the pictures I posted of some small damage to the paint either at the factory or while in transit. I have emailed Rikon support and they have been less than helpful so far with their response. They just told me I could order the blue paint from another company (and pay for it myself!). They didn’t even give me the code for the white paint I would need. Not super happy with the idea of having to buy additional paint to fix something I didn’t cause especially after paying $700 for it. Most of my issues with the lathe are ultimately superficial.

  2. Brian

    This is my very first wood lathe, and I have never turned wood wood before. Assembly of the lathe was simple, I installed it on a Wen lathe stand. It barely fits, but does fit. I love the variable speed of this lathe. I also purchased a PSI 4 jaw chuck kit with Rikon carbide tools. So far so good! This lathe has operated flawlessly. Maybe some day I might want to make a large bowl or something, but for now this lathe is perfect.

  3. Mark

    Have used this lathe for about the last two months. So far so good. Plenty of power for a midi-lathe. Lots of speed options, and reversible.

  4. Jackie.

    My husband is very happy with this purchase. Great machine for the price. He is just started doing wood working so this machine is great for beginners. Easy to run.

  5. Nina Mager

    I haven’t had a chance to work with but is nice

  6. michael clim

    I purchased this lathe and have no regrets! The mother compensates for load, maintaining the selected RPM. there is a lag, so if your in the middle of a cut, don’t back off on the tool pressure. Maintain and the machine will reward you with the RPM. everything works as well as higher priced machines. Quiet as the proverbial Church Mouse! Tailstock travel is good! I did buy a chuck and a drill chuck with a #2 Morse Taper for hogging out material with large Drills. Love the speed ranges that each of the three selections provide. I usually run the middle range and only select the outer ranges as needed. As with any wood lathe, your tool section, quality, and sharpness will be the determining factor for your enjoying this great machine. I like the weight of the machine! I have it on a bench that serves me multiple uses. When I’m turning, I slide it forward and it’s heft keeps it in place without the need to attach it to the bench. Then when I’m finished, I just slide it to the back of the bench, cover it for protection and it stays there safe until needed. When you buy a lathe, buy the largest one you have room for! I do not regret buying this one! Would I consider purchasing a different lathe? Only if I had more room, and then it would be a Rikon product!

  7. Kevin lee fagre

    Bought it to replace an older wen lathe !! 100% better lathe lot’s of power very easy to use!!!

  8. Rosa A.

    This unit is small but so far has not shown any problems. Very pleased with it.

  9. Richard Sommerfelt

    Lathe has been working great. No complaints

  10. Amazon Customer

    Could not be more happier with this lathe. Came boxed up no damage. It’s a great lathe for beginners or for someone with years of experience. For the price it can’t be beat. Used mine every night since I have received it. Hasn’t let me down once. Would suggest it to anyone.

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