How much should I sell this Lathe for?

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Blog entry by Rick Boyett posted 10-30-2009 04:56 AM 4196 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the past few days, I’ve been shopping around on Craigslist for a new Jointer. I actually ran across a great looking 8” Grizzly jointer but then I realized I really don’t have any room for it in my garage. My wife and I agreed that the garage must have enough room to allow one car to be parked in case of a hail storm (which is fairly common in Texas).

Well, today I was rethinking my shop. I’ve got this BIG Delta 46-715 14” lathe. Its a fantastic lathe but I never use it to its full capacity. So I’ve decided to sell it and scale back to a Midi lathe of some sort. That will free up all the floor space I need for an 8” jointer.

So my question to all of Lumberjockdom is, how much should I sell it for? I want the proceeds to go towards that new Midi. A review at put the street price at $650. I can honestly state that this lathe is in outstanding condition. It has only been used for pens and other small turnings.

Oh, I’m keeping the Oneway chuck for the Midi Lathe.

Here’s a picture.

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#1 posted 10-30-2009 05:42 AM

I wish I were more familiar with that lathe…

I am glad I don’t have to worry too much about hail here in the Houston Metro area. Even if I did, wouldn’t matter. The car is plastic (Saturn) and the truck is too tall to fit in the garage… (F-150 4×4 lifted on 35s)...

I have seen similar Delta lathes selling on Houston Craigslist for about $350.00 to $400.00. But they are few and far between . Delta lathes seem to be an oddity around here. See WAY more Powermatic, Craftsman, and Central Machinery stuff…

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#2 posted 10-30-2009 05:44 AM

I bought this model about 5 years ago and paid about what you are asking. Nice to hear the value has held its’ own.

On a personal note, I have had to replace the power switch 3 times. The guts keep coming apart. I think it has something to do with the “safety” paddle used to turn it off.

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#3 posted 10-30-2009 05:58 AM

Not sure what to ask for it… or you could just go with my phelosify… There always room for more tools! Of course then you wind up with a shop like mine. LOL

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#4 posted 10-30-2009 06:10 AM

I guess I’ll put it up on Craigslist, Woodnet, and here for $400 OBO and see what happens..

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#5 posted 10-30-2009 07:41 AM

Check hew prices and ask 60% of new

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#6 posted 10-30-2009 08:46 AM

I would keep the lathe. You never know when you might want to turn something large. You can allways place your tools beside each other and when you want to use one of them move the car and bring it out so you can use it. Every time I get rid of a tool in a year I’ll usually go back and replace it. When you get it so full of tools the car wont fit then you can build a new shop.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#7 posted 10-30-2009 08:51 AM

I feel your pain, would you take a check for the amount it cost to ship it to my house?

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#8 posted 10-30-2009 10:46 AM

Sell a tool ?
Out of my cold dead hands.

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#9 posted 10-30-2009 12:05 PM

Looking at the picture, I fear you don’t have the appropriate amount of clutter in your garage. Better keep the lathe and just move it when hail comes.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#10 posted 10-30-2009 12:18 PM

i just cleaned up part of the shop ,
and discovered :
1- 1/4”x 4” spindle sander
1- 2 speed delta shaper
1- 1/4”x 1” sunhill morticer
all of which i promptly used !
keep the tools ,
and i still have a 20” grizzly planer
in the yard under wraps .
so i have started a new shop !
at the rate things happen these days ,
i may get to use it
before i meet my maker ?

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#11 posted 10-30-2009 06:29 PM

While my bigger Delta 46-755X was being repaired I bought this same machine at auction, it looked new, with a scrollsaw for $440.00. I have seen others on sale new for around that price. $400.00 would be a good asking price, and I wouldn’t come down, it’s an excellent lathe.

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#12 posted 10-30-2009 06:45 PM

Actually, you should lower your price to about $5 bucks and sell this to me!!! Truthfully, I’d look into national prices for similar equipment, CraigList, Ebay etc… and take an average as a starting point. Then add some % to the price and allow the prospective buyer to haggle you down to your price! Max

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#13 posted 10-30-2009 10:07 PM

Ok fellas, I’ve listed it on CL.

I’ve also listed the following:

Jet Mortising Machine:

Delta Scroll Saw

If any of you guys are interested, just email me at rboyett “AT”

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#14 posted 11-01-2009 12:02 AM

Sold the Lathe for $400 and the Mortising Machine for $200. Thanks for the advice guys. Now I can look for a smaller lathe..

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