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Precision Vacuum Adapter Kit for the Rikon Midi Lathe

Add the convenience and utility of vacuum chucking to your Rikon Midi lathe.

Our Precision Vacuum Adapter Kit includes our vacuum adapter plus a custom designed vacuum-ready hand wheel for your Rikon Midi lathe, as seen below in the left photo. Owners of Rikon's compact lathes can join the users of larger lathes in benefiting from the ability to utilize a vacuum chuck system.  JT's Precision Vacuum Adapter Kits for the Rikon Midi make it possible for turners to enjoy a reliable, high performance vacuum system.

Our kits not only make the adoption of vacuum chucking simple, but the user also benefits from a safer, more hand-friendly hand wheel permanently installed on their lathe.  The "plug and play" Precision Vacuum Adapter mates perfectly with the custom hand wheel, allowing for quick changes from mechanical chucking to vacuum chucking without interference with any other lathe capabilities such as use of morse taper accessories or knock-out bars.

Installation is simple - loosen the two set screws and unscrew the stock hand wheel from the end of the spindle (caution the spindle threads are left hand).  Then thread the new kit-supplied hand wheel on to the lathe just snugly - don't over-tighten. Re-tighten the set screws.  To learn about initial installation of the Precision Vacuum Adapter, read Installing the Precision Vacuum Adapter on our Product Installation page.  Note: The standard knock-out rod may need to be lengthened or replaced with the installation of this kit.

To further ease the implementation of vacuum chuck capability on your lathe, you should also consider our Precision Vacuum Chuck Hub system.  You will find information of the hubs at the bottom of this page.

Precision Vacuum Adapter & Wheel for Rikon Midi Kit Assembly - Adapter inserted in Wheel

If you need assistance in determining which Kit you need to order or have questions, contact us.

Notice:  Due to low demand for this product, please inquire  for availability before ordering!

The Price for the Precision Vacuum Adapter Kit for the Rikon Midi lathe is $135.00.

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Precision Vacuum Hubs

You might also be interested in our companion product, the Precision Vacuum Hub.  This billet aluminum hub is machined to exacting tolerances from aircraft quality aluminum stock, using state of the art CNC machining equipment.  Engineered to give years of service, the Precision Vacuum Hub allows the turner to utilize inexpensive Schedule 40 PVC 2-inch pipe Couplings to create interchangeable vacuum cups of varying sizes.

PM 3520, adapter installed

Precision Vacuum Hub for 1 1/4 x 8 spindle thread

Two views showing the Precision Vacuum Hub mounted on a Powermatic 3520B woodturning lathe

End view showing the face groove receiver for the 2" PVC couplings.  Note the O-ring at the bottom of the groove providing a positive vacuum seal. Side view showing the exceptional machining quality on all surfaces.  Note the six set screws that retain the vacuum cups.
Hub and Cups
Vacuum Hub and PVC pipe coupling Cups - various sizes available

This provides a low cost, high quality alternative to multiple sizes of individual vacuum chucks, while allowing the user to quickly move from one size cup to another.  The cups (2" PVC pipe couplings) are inserted into the precisely machined groove in the face of the hub, sealed by an O-ring in the bottom of the grove, and retained securely with 6 set screws around the perimeter.  Hubs are available in 1"x8, 1.25"x8, and M33x3.5 spindle thread sizes to accommodate most popular lathes.  Learn more about the Precision Vacuum Hub products on the vacuum hubs page.