Delta 46-715 Lathe Refurbish Project #6: Fire that puppy up for a test run

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Blog entry by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 01-11-2015 03:36 AM 2414 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Motor Mount and Indexing Pulley Part 6 of Delta 46-715 Lathe Refurbish Project series Part 7: Controls Done and Turning Zinc!! »

After mounting the motor and installing a temporary belt, I plugged in the controls and tested the lathe. It runs very well and smooth. I think it will run even smoother with a segmented v-belt. I’ll run to the auto part store tomorrow afternoon and pick one up. I hope they have one to fit.

Here is a video of the lathe running. The maximum speed of the lathe is going to be 2865 RPMs. Not quite fast enough for turning pens, in my opinion, but fast enough for table legs and spindles. I hope it will have enough power to do some bowl turning. Time will tell.

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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#1 posted 01-11-2015 04:46 AM


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#2 posted 01-11-2015 03:38 PM

Whoa!!! That puppy turns up some Rs.
Have ya figured out the speed ranges?


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#3 posted 01-11-2015 05:30 PM

Bill, the lathe goes from 0 to 2865 RPMs.

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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#4 posted 01-13-2015 05:07 PM

I did a similar conversion on an HF lathe and retained the reeves adjustable pulley in the headstock which has provided a considerable amount more of speed/torque adjustment. One of these days I’ll decide what the right speed range really is and go to a single pulley, but for now I find having the flexibility is nice.

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#5 posted 07-30-2015 02:59 AM

I am new to the Lumberjocks site and come across your rebuild ,I recently purchased 46-715 and have been looking for the shaft for the variable speed control. wondering if you may have it in your left over parts.

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