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Forum topic by brunomarcs posted 11-22-2015 03:59 PM 1317 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-22-2015 03:59 PM

I’m a new member here and have purchased a slightly used 16” Delta lathe about a 18 months ago. Ive probably turned 4 hrs a day since then, other than the time spent restoring 4 RAS’s and an 8” jointer. The problem I have is this model didn’t come with the jackshaft which I purchased from ebay without the motor pulley. Everything else is there except the motor pulley. My hopes are is that someone here has the same lathe and can give me the measurements of said pulley? Looking at the publications it shows a smaller dia pulley than is on the jackshaft? I want to have a machinist fabricate the correct size double sheave pulley and have it ready to go when I change out the DC motor and controller and install a 2 hp motor and vfd? Any help appreciated.

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#1 posted 11-23-2015 07:39 AM

Do you have the real model number (should be a 46-xxx) or better yet, the pulley part number? If you have the part #, you might be able to find the size in this thread over at OWWM.
If not… try posting over at OWWM as someone there should have the info you need.


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#2 posted 11-23-2015 01:56 PM

If you’re going with VFD, why do you need the jack shaft unless you’re looking for super slow speed? ............ Jerry (in Tucson)

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#3 posted 11-23-2015 01:59 PM

This will be a very nice lathe when you have finished with it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 11-23-2015 06:20 PM

It’s actually been a decent lathe like it is but on a large object at a low speed it struggles. The JS would make all the difference in the world if it doesn’t introduce vibration. I’ve searched everywhere for the size of the motor pulley and it appears to be smaller than the JS pulley. I’ve tried to find someone online to measure there’s but to no avail. I would hate to install a vfd and new motor and find I still need the JS?

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#5 posted 11-23-2015 06:39 PM

Believe it or not I posted the lathe on OWWM when I first bought it along with the 5 large Henry Taylor and sorby tools. They were free as was a 14” faceplate. If I hadn’t gotten those nice knives I would probably still be using my old cheap carbon tools. I’ve since bought many more though. I also bought a talon and a stronghold for yes 50 bucks, 25ea. Bob Vaughn would be the guy to tell me how to size the pulley. I’ll post it on there later.

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#6 posted 11-23-2015 07:18 PM

Why go to the expense of a VFD + conversion when you can simply put a more powerful DC motor on it?


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#7 posted 11-24-2015 05:55 PM

If I kept the old controller it’s lowest speed is 300, I want slower than that. If I had the JS in it and changed the belt I would be at 150 rpms. I have another vfd on a band saw, it’s nice. I would like to have one on every machine.

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#8 posted 03-30-2016 07:00 PM

Are you still looking for information on this lathe….... We have one we’ve owned since new…..... Delta made a kit to replace the motor controller etc. and we purchased this several years later and installed the items ….... we think we have the all parts from our removal…...Found your post because we are considering selling our lathe …..we have several other lathe’s (we in addition to the regular lathe purchased and additional bed and stand and extended our lathe out to 8’+ we also bought the 36” duplicator made by Delta)

Let us know about the parts and we will see what we can find…...


-- Kevin, Tennessee,

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#9 posted 03-31-2016 04:55 PM

Can you get me the measurments of the motor pulley, if you have acess to the jack shaft model? To the other guys question about getting a stronger DC motor, I would pay a lot of money for that and it still wouldn’t compare with a 3 phase motor and vfd.

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