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10-09-2016 02:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe turning question

Hello jocks,

I think I narrowed my lathe search between the Jet JWL-1015 VS and the Delta 46-460 but the price differences in these tools has me concerned. I’m new to turning and still learning all the vocabulary but trying to sift through the reviews is frustrating It’s amazing how many people seem to complain about shipping nightmares instead of the actual product. I plan to mostly turn small stuff like pens, knobs and those other kit type projects. I read somewhere that the delta can do small bowls because of its 1hp motor but I see the Jet lathes everywhere. Would appreciate any of your advice and experiences with either.

Thanks, Joe


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#1 posted 10-09-2016 02:54 PM

I would go with the Delta. Larger swing, longer bed, and twice as powerful motor.

I had one for a little over 4 years, and loved using it. Never had a problem with it. I sold it when I upgraded to a lathe with 20” swing.

You’ll get some negative comments about Delta’s support and parts, but since I never had an issue with either parts or support, to me that was a non-issue.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 10-09-2016 03:26 PM

Hey, thanks for the advice. I was leaning toward the Delta so I could have a few bucks left over for some decent tools and accessories. The $200 price difference may make up my mind for me but just didn’t want to overlook something. Thanks again. – Joe

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#4 posted 10-09-2016 04:12 PM

Go with the Delta. I have a Rikon 12” variable speed that is great. The price on the Delta is too good to pass on.

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#5 posted 10-09-2016 05:16 PM

If you go with that Delta, butter jump on that link that Wahoo posted. The price was steadily dropping, dollar by dollar, for almost 2 days and it bottomed out at about $360. The price has just started to creep back up and I doubt if you wait much more than today, they’ll be sold out at that excellent price.

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#6 posted 10-09-2016 05:38 PM

You should buy the delta before the price goes back up.

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#7 posted 10-09-2016 05:43 PM

Ditto on Delta!

Had mine for +4yr!

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#8 posted 10-09-2016 05:50 PM

All, thanks so much for your input. I agree with all of you that the price is just too good to pass up. I think I’m going to place the order today. Now if I could only turn (and sell) enough pens to pay for it, I’ll really be all set.

Thanks again for your advice.

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#9 posted 10-10-2016 09:23 PM

Wow, joeinGa, you weren’t joking. Waited until today to order…in the morning it was $358…by the time I placed my order later in the afternoon it jumped to $385. Still a bargain but glad I didn’t wait any longer.

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#10 posted 10-10-2016 10:48 PM

Yup. Sometimes you gotta be quick to jump on a good deal. I saw about 5 this morning it was at $353, but when I looked at noon it had jumped up to $358. And just now ( at 6:40pm) it’s up to $387.49

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#11 posted 10-12-2016 05:58 PM

Put me down for a Delta too…..I had one for 6 years and it served me well. I too, bought a lathe with a bigger swing, but the Delta made lots and lots of pens, pepper mills and whatever else struck my fancy.
A fellow in my turning club had a Jet and put two or three switches in it. He said it was not hard to do, and they were not expensive, it was annoying. Now I see they have a new model so maybe they have addressed that, I don’t know. I think you made a good choice.
Mike

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#12 posted 10-12-2016 06:05 PM

Here’s a video that shows a problem one turner has with the newer model Jet: https://youtu.be/MQVFqmBIGKk

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#13 posted 10-13-2016 04:19 AM

Moke, thanks for your input. My Delta should arrive tomorrow…I was expecting it next week so I get to play around sooner than I planned. Just finished up the bench that it will be mounted on today.

The Dane, I think the bowl that guy was turning in that video was borderline beyond the capacity of that tool. Could explain why it kept cutting out like that. Perhaps an internal safety to prevent overheating?? The research I did said the Delta had the appropriate size motor for those bigger type bowls.

Very glad I went with the Delta. Once I get turning I’ll post a review on here. Still can’t believe the price jumps around like that.

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#14 posted 10-13-2016 01:54 PM

The Dane, I think the bowl that guy was turning in that video was borderline beyond the capacity of that tool. Could explain why it kept cutting out like that. Perhaps an internal safety to prevent overheating?? The research I did said the Delta had the appropriate size motor for those bigger type bowls.

Right on. I turned blanks that size on my Delta 46-460 with no issues.

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