Delta Rockwell Lathe - Is this a good buy

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Forum topic by Brandocalrizzion posted 06-18-2015 02:30 PM 1221 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-18-2015 02:30 PM

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Hey Everyone,

I am a woodworking hobbyist. A lathe has been on my list of “I wants” for a while. Today I found a Delta Rockwell Lathe on Craigslist for $300 in a neighboring town. Do you see this as a good get? I have heard that older delta tools are still top quality and worth investing in. My hope is to be able to learn how to turn table legs and possibly bowls.

If you have any thoughts regarding the following lathe, I would love to hear about them. I emailed the person to see if I can get the model number so I can research this tool a little further. Thanks again

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#1 posted 06-18-2015 02:35 PM

Best LJ name ever.

Just need that to be said. Ive got no clue about the lathe.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 06-18-2015 02:59 PM

Looks in good shape, them old Delta’s were rock solid not stock motor will need a shroud, around here would be in the $200 – $250 range. Good to start out on and you will either love it and upgrade to a variable speed or flip it with no loss!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 06-18-2015 03:18 PM

That is a Delta Rockwell 1460. It is a 12” wood lathe and has 4 speeds that are generated by moving the belt on the headstock. It is not a variable speed lathe but that may not matter to you.

I would say that $300 is a good price. The lathe legs alone would cost you that much to get. They are also including the turning tools, a jacobs chuck, a faceplate, a 4 jaw chuck, two tool rests and a banjo so the price, IMO, is pretty good. It also looks like it has been refurbished or at least repainted.

If you want to see the manual for it, here is the link


-- ---Howard, Amesbury MA

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#4 posted 06-18-2015 03:28 PM

My opinion: $300 is a good deal if everything works properly. 12” is a good size lathe and the old cast iron legs will add a lot of weight to reduce vibration.

-- Julian

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#5 posted 06-18-2015 04:48 PM

I think you should offer 200 and go from there. I got a newer cast iron 12” Rockwell with a sheet metal frame at auction for $65.00. It works great and it came with a set of delta tools, faceplates and drill chuck.

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#6 posted 06-18-2015 05:05 PM

I’m not sure if I agree that this is a good price. I guess it depends on the motor size. Anything over 1 hp is good…and it’s hard to tell, but it looks as if it is MT 2 tailstock, which is good….but you are going to have to modify it so the belt is not out there “in the breeze” and 4 speeds is not great. You should be able to pick up an old jet with variable speed for that, it may not have all the accessories, but is a newer lathe with parts availibility.

I’m with woodmaster…I would offer 200.00 or less. I gues I am just not into old “iron”...I know there are guys that swear to it, but I have had some, because at the time it was all I could afford, and had some issues…you definitely have to be creative for parts….
Just my .02

-- Mike

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#7 posted 06-18-2015 05:46 PM

It is a very good quality lathe and the cast iron legs are worth a couple hundred alone. It looks to have been restored or just well taken care of. Around here, it would be a very good deal and would probably only last a few minutes on CL. I have seen similar lathes around here advertised for $400-600. That said, it is a 4 speed lathe but you could convert to variable speed with a treadmill motor for less than $50.

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 06-18-2015 05:51 PM

+1 Rick M

If I was closet I would be all over it.

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#9 posted 06-19-2015 03:11 AM

I ended up getting the lathe, thanks for your input guys. Man, thats a heavy one! I have a 79 F250 that has a lift on it and it was tough getting it up in the truck. Hopefully I will have some bowls and table legs to take pictures of soon

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#10 posted 06-19-2015 10:55 AM

Congrats! I’m sure you will love it.


-- ---Howard, Amesbury MA

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#11 posted 06-19-2015 04:56 PM

That 4 jaw chuck that came with it is for metal working. Don’t use it for wood unless you hate your teeth.

-- Rick M,

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