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A compact, powerful lathe with a convenient dial for speed changes, and a large, easy-to-read digital display!

Rikon 70-1218VS 12'' x 18'' Midi Lathe

Item #
64393
Rating:
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Rikon 70-1218VS 12'' x 18'' Midi Lathe

Rikon's 12'' x 18'' Variable Speed Midi Lathe Model, model 70-1218VS, represents an excellent value in small- to mid-sized lathes. It features digital speed control with an easy-to-read display, a wide range of operating speeds accessible with both a simple knob and the easy-access belt system, anti-vibration rubber feet for extra stability, a robust 3/4HP DC motor, and ample capacities for its size. The lathe comes complete with a spur center, live center, 3'' faceplate, 8'' tool rest with 1'' diameter post, knock-out bar, wrenches and tool holder.

Features:

  • Digital speed control with large, easy-to-read DRO
  • Convenient, accessible on/off switches and variable speed dial
  • Pivoting belt cover provides quick access to the belt for easy speed range changes
  • Easy adjust handle allows up to 2'' of RAM travel
  • Powerful 3/4 HP DC motor provides ample power
  • Ball-bearing construction for smooth, precise spindle operation
  • Machined bed and matching components for precise alignment
  • Adjustable locking handles keep components positioned securely
  • Machined bed end lets you add an optional bed extension (#68892, sold separately) for turning longer workpieces
  • Note: Forward drive only
  • There is an extra $40 shipping charge.

(1) Rikon 70-1218VS 12'' x 18'' Midi Lathe
(1) 8'' tool rest with 1'' diameter post
(1) Spur center
(1) Live center
(1) 3'' faceplate
(1) Knock-out bar
(1) Wrench set
(1) Tool holder

More Information
Brand Rikon
Manufacturer Part Number 70-1218VS
Weight 78.0000
Tech Spec
  • Brand: Rikon

Motor:

  • Horsepower: 3/4 HP, DC, TEFC
  • Amps: 4.5
  • Volts: 120V, 60Hz
  • RPM: 2,500 RPM
  • Direction: Forward
  • Number of Speeds: 3
  • RPM Ranges: 450-1,100/ 960-2,400/ 1,400-3,500

Swing:

  • Swing Over Bed: 12''
  • Swing Over Tool Rest: 9-1/16''
  • Working Distance Between Centers: 18''
  • Tool Rest Length: 8''
  • Tool Rest Post Diameter: 1''

Headstock / Tailstock:

  • Spindle Nose Inch x TPI: 1'' x 8
  • Headstock Taper: MT2
  • Tailstock Taper: MT2
  • Ram Travel: 2''

Overall:

  • Length: 37-3/4''
  • Width: 9-3/4''
  • Height: 16-1/4''
  • Base Size: 30'' x 7-3/8''
  • Net Weight: 70.5 lbs.
  • Shipping Weight: 77 lbs.
  • Shipping Carton: 33-1/4'' x 18-3/4'' x 13''
Technical Documents
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Prop 65 WarningWARNING: Drilling, sawing, sanding or machining wood products can expose you to wood dust, a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer. Avoid inhaling wood dust or use a dust mask or other safeguards for personal protection. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/wood.
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Rikon 70-1218 Lathe Review
An excellent improvement over a Rikon 70-100 Lathe. That's why I purchase it.
March 20, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Like it. No problems. Recommend it.
February 23, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
I like it but...
This replaced my 70-100 Rikon lathe. I like the variable speed (the main reason I upgraded). I don't like the way belt changes are accomplished. With the 70-100 you just flipped open the belt cover and there were the belt and pulleys. With this one, you have to open two covers and it's a little difficult to see and reach in to change the belt position.

The castings, both on the bed and the tool rest are pretty rough, making the banjo and tailstock not slide smoothly, nothing that a file won't fix though.

Well worth the price, I think.
March 25, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
I forgot how fun turning can be.
I am quite pleased with this lathe. It replaced one that I bought from Harbor Freight almost 20 years ago. Even though my new Rikin is smaller, 12 X 18 vs 14 X 40, it is made much better and is a lot more user friendly. It does not require any tools to move the tool rest or tail stock like its predecessor. Changing the belt is easy as well, no tools needed. I also like the variable speed available within the different belt selections. I would recommend this to any of my woodworking friends.
March 2, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Reviews were good and I have a small shop.
Virgil F on May 4, 2019
The Rikon 70-1218 is an upgrade from a Rikon 70-100. The multi speed control is why I decided to do an upgrade. It makes turning much easier.
James B on Feb 27, 2019
Reviews were good and I have a small shop.
Virgil F on May 4, 2019
The best specifications for any unit of what I assume is a good quality machine in the price range I was trying to stay at.t
B D on Apr 14, 2019
The Rikon 70-1218 is an upgrade from a Rikon 70-100. The multi speed control is why I decided to do an upgrade. It makes turning much easier.
James B on Feb 27, 2019
I was going to get the 70-100 but after getting to your site from Rikon and seeing the sale. It became a no brainer.
James V on Feb 20, 2019
Rikon is a well respected manufacturer of woodworking tools and this lathe was the size I was looking for. It also had the options I needed and was on sale.
Dan H on Feb 16, 2019
Wanted midi size for my first lathe and this seems like a good fit for me ! I hope I don't want a bigger one down the road some time soon !!
James A on Feb 8, 2019
I was going to choose a less expensive one but it did not get good reviews so pick this one for features and small size. I only plan to make fairly small items so this should work.
Charles B on Feb 5, 2019
Did a lot of research, and this one has all the features I wanted. Plus it's a quality brand, from a quality source, at a good price.
Brian B on Dec 9, 2018
My son wanted it
Sharon G on Nov 26, 2018
It was suggested to me by a professional woodworker. My husband has a decent starter lathe. However, it never centers properly. Yes, he has made adjustments, spoke to a lot of people about it. We believe it is the machine isn't machined properly. That and he deserves an upgrade.
Kim F on Nov 9, 2018
The best specifications for any unit of what I assume is a good quality machine in the price range I was trying to stay at.t
B D on Apr 14, 2019
I was going to get the 70-100 but after getting to your site from Rikon and seeing the sale. It became a no brainer.
James V on Feb 20, 2019
Does this one have a bed extension option that you can buy extra?
Blair F on Feb 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes.
Can a person buy a bed extension for this lathe’and can I buy a face turning plate or church for it as well?
Roger A on Feb 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The Lathe comes with a 3" face plate. and there is a extension that is avilable for the lathe. The extension is about 24" long
What tools should I start out with? Are the pen turning tool package long enough, or should I get full size tools? I am thinking about doing a lot of plates, bowls, other stuff like that. Are there any specific tools I should get? Thanks.
Nick C on Apr 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I would go with a full size set, usually about seven gouges.
What tools would you recommend starting with to make things like bowls, cups, etc?
Nick C on Apr 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: you would need a chuck, something in the 2 to 2 3/4 in range a 1/2 in bowl gouge and mabey a scraper and lots and lots of sandpaper all different grits there are a lot more tools out there that you could use but depending on what you are going to make determines what you will need
What is warranty?
David H on Jan 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Has a 5 year limiter warranty