Delta 46-250 lathe, where to buy parts

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Forum topic by fladdy posted 11-28-2015 04:40 AM 663 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2015 04:40 AM

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A few weeks ago, I went to the local Woodcraft to pick up a band clamp that was on sale and happened to stop in at the pawn shop down the street. They had a Delta 46-250 lathe for sale. To get to the point, my step-father said that I should buy it and he’ll pay me back, sort of like an early Christmas present. Sweet! They wanted $180 for it with a goofy, makeshift stand that I didn’t need. So I offered $150 and he said sure. Got it home and cleaned up a little surface rust on the bed, then waxed it. The only problem is that, there is no wrench to take the faceplate off the headstock (Yes, I knew that when I bought it). I thought I could just take it off with a monkey wrench at home but it doesn’t quite fit. Does anyone have an idea of where I can get a replacement wrench or an idea of how I can do it with the tools that I have in the garage? I’ve looked online for the wrench and most place state it’s obsolete and don’t have a replacement part.

As a side note, I also need to get a drive center, as it doesn’t have one. And replace the pulley, in time.

Thanks for any tips on where to get the wrench.

-- Fladdy

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#1 posted 11-28-2015 04:47 AM

A monkey wrench? You mean one of these:

Please don’t do that!!! Totally inappropriate tool for the job… you want a box end wrench. Not sure of the size, but it’s not something that you should need to get from the tools manufacturer. If it is a bit too wide, you can always file or grind it down a little thinner. If you don’t have a set of wrenches, you probably should get some anyway for the zillions of other things that need nuts and bolts removed/tightened :)


PS: I bet your step-dad has some wrenches – all dads are required to have lots of tools!

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 11-28-2015 04:52 AM

Not a pipe wrench. A box end wrench would work, but I don’t one large enough. Dad lives close to 90 miles away so I may have to run to the hardware or auto store tomorrow.

Why didn’t I think of a box end wrench! Thanks MrUnix

-- Fladdy

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#3 posted 11-28-2015 05:27 AM

+1 for Mr. Unix’s recommendation. If you’re in a big hurry and can’t wait for wrenches, you might be able to take a piece of hardwood a bit over a foot long and drill two holes in it and press a couple of bolts through the holes. Bolts should be as large as you have on hand that will fit through the holes in the face plate. When done it should look something like the pic below (I’d call it a spanner wrench), but all in a straight line and made from wood. Hold the spindle stationary and use your new “wrench” to remove the faceplate.

Two things to note with this: First, take care not to ding up the faceplate. Second, this won’t work if you have a work piece attached to the faceplate, so you’ll need the wrench eventually.

-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...

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#4 posted 11-28-2015 07:47 AM

Get yourself a pair of 10” Channellocks, maybe a couple Crescent wrenches while you’re at it.

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 11-28-2015 01:20 PM

Shows how to remove faceplate in the manual.

All you need is one big crescent wrench & bar shown in manual!

-- Bill

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