Well all the upgrades to our Delta DL40 proved to be maybe too much. We (as in I) sheared the main spindle clean off at the end of the inboard threads. So much for that we can’t find a part. It’s gone to a friends shop who may machine a new one for it when he gets the time so the new motor and controller won’t go to waste.
We decided it was time for something new – and we ordered a Powermatic 3520B and an assortment of new accessories. We made sure we had a new plate for the coring rig and hollowing rig. We added some tool rests, lights, and a few new face plates. We’re organizing a bit better, planning to make some shelves on the machine that integrate the tools and equipment. Perhaps a magnetic base for our flexible sander. The goal is to have everything close by that we need and easy to find.
I’m also considering building a weight basket and loading it with sand or perhaps lead shot. Though, after some testing I’ve quickly realized that this machine is very heavy and sturdy so this may be complete overkill. We’re prepping some big heavy blanks to test that theory a little further. If these don’t shake it, we’ll let it be. If there’s movement we’ll add the extra dampening materials.
So far – the machine has plenty of power. I’m running it in low range. I see no need to really ever go into the higher range. I have managed to split the belt a few times, but that’s me with an over aggressive touch with the tools. The pile of bowls that is sitting there is the result of just a day’s work. We had the machine for a half a day on Monday it arrived about 11:30, we put it together and I started playing right away.
I had limited time today to work as I was wrapping up some stuff for the office. I cut out a bit early and got some time on the machine. So all said and done at best that pile was created in less than a day. There are two large manzanita bowls, a small manzanita, a red mallee natural back bowl, a spalted beech bowl … then I worked on sanding and finishing a beach bud vase and a pheasant wood bowl.
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com