Shopsmith Vs Delta 46-460 Lathe #1: Shopsmith Vs Delta 46-460 Lathe Rev 1

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Blog entry by Levier2011 posted 08-06-2013 03:06 AM 1409 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Shopsmith Vs Delta 46-460 Lathe Rev 1

After years of research I decided to add to my tool collection a Mark V shopsmith
with several updates like extended table, Table legs Band Saw and Jointer.

During this past 2 weeks I have been working in the Restoration or cleaning of my Shopsmith
and now it was time to put it to the test

As a Pen Turner the important thing are : Accurate Drill Press and Flexibility power and speed control
on the lathe plus several other variables

The Delta 46-460 Lathe is impressive and a great power tool to have; if you add the leg stand then your lathe
turns into an ergonomic working area with a place for your turning tools and at the correct height.

During this past 2 days i have been working in several pen protects using the Shopsmith and I had amazing result
(videos and pictures will be uploaded during the next couple of days)

Organization, and planning is a Key thing if you are looking for success in your turning or any other project
using the Shopsmith

My Haussmann Expert Series 12” Band saw is a Toy beside the Shopsmith Band saw
and changing the setup between Band Saw to Drill Press took only minutes and it was a Joy to
do this

As a value added there is a working table, and a place to have in a quick access all your turning needs using the extended table of the Shopsmith

With the result of my first set of pens I can say that The Shopsmith Woodworking Systems is Great
amazing robust.

The Delta 46-460 Lathe is a State-of the art power tool but… only a Lathe and not an Integrated system like the Shopsmith

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#1 posted 08-06-2013 12:04 PM

I agree with your view of the SS.
I’ve owned an SS system for – um – I think, 27 or 28 years and it is still used almost every day I work in the shop. Still I stand (Awkwardly?) on both sides of the SS vs single purpose power tools controversy. I have a good sized table saw, a free standing bandsaw, planer, miter saw, scroll saw, Legacy mill and a CarveWright machine in addition to the good ol’ SS.
I don’t see it as competition between the two worlds, and I wouldn’t want to do without my SS, ever. I have no experience with a better drill press/boring mill. Not doing a lot of lathe turning, I still respect the ability of the SS to become a lathe almost instantly and as a sanding center, its a star.
I never use it as a tablesaw anymore, though I have done many times in the past.


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