I think I found a lathe...

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Blog entry by Webb posted 07-12-2009 06:23 PM 918 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Was at Woodcraft yesterday and spotted a new Delta 43-460 which looks like it fits all my wants! All the adjustments are solid (e.g. the Steel City granite lathe has plastic handles – had those before and it is a real pain when one breaks); no stickers for measurements – etched in the metal; reasonable size 12.5” – 10” feels just a bit too small for doing bowls to me. Large available after purchase parts and accessories collection.

The only downside I could see is sticker shock at $599. Anybody got any actual usage anecdotes on this one? It looks like something I could live with for life.

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View northwoodsman's profile


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#1 posted 07-12-2009 07:53 PM

Woodcraft is having an anniversary sale on Friday and Saturday (7/24 – 7/25). Power tools are 10% off, almost everything else is 15% off (excludes Lie-Nielsen, Festool, Leigh, SawStop and Steel City). I received 2 cards in the mail the same day for this.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#2 posted 07-12-2009 09:06 PM

I have the 46-715- I think it has been discontinued. It is a little bigger than this one but many of the construction features seem to be similar.

The only complaint I have about my lathe is that I have been through 2 on-off switches. The design of the “safety” paddle- that turns off the switch- placed stress on the switch mechanism causing failures. It loos like the newer lathe has a different system so it probably won’t be a problem.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 07-13-2009 01:53 AM

Several of us put a couple new Deltas through a couple days of work and had the following comments:

. on/off switch is located on back side of head stock – not user friendly
. speed controls are also located on back side of head stock – not user friendly
. variable speed control is nice to have
. being able to run lathe in reverse is nice
. lathe bogged down under load of small bowl and platter
. motor heats up if run for long periods of time

I probably would not buy or recommend this lathe, for a few bucks more you can get a Jet, Steel City or Rikon. I recently saw a scratch and dent Jet 1442 for $700.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

View Webb's profile


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#4 posted 11-22-2009 10:00 PM

A friend loaned me his! It is a jet 12-36, much bigger than I was aiming at and is a much better lathe. Having fun learning to turn

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