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Rick M

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10-12-2016 06:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: delta midi lathe

Recently the Delta Midi lathe dropped down below $400 (regular $600) on Amazon and a bunch of us in the hot deal thread took advantage. My suspicion is they were clearing out lathes that came from the factory with the forward/reverse switch in backwards, or maybe Amazon’s computer became sentient and gave some of us an early Christmas, whatever the cause, I can live with a backward switch in exchange for a $237 discount. (Discount amount varied depending on when you clicked buy)

I’m curious who all snagged one and what you think of it so far? And if you got one with the switch backward or not?

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HokieKen

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#1 posted 10-12-2016 07:27 PM

I grabbed one thanks to the hot deal thread. I got lucky and timed it just right to get it at $354. I think 2 Camels missed a beat because it was $349 the morning I bought it but by the time I signed in, it had increased $5.

I got it last night but haven’t unpacked it yet. I intend to do so tonight and I’ll let you know about the switch. My wife bought it for me for Christmas so, I’m not really allowed to play with it much but she did give permission to make sure it works before Amazon’s return period runs out :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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ki7hy

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#2 posted 10-12-2016 07:57 PM

Congrats everyone who snagged it. That lathe is very similar to mine. You will all enjoy it!!

Kenny, when you’re testing it tonight you need to be thinking about more excuses as to why it needs to stay setup. Then more excuses after that.

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#3 posted 10-12-2016 09:02 PM

Yeah 3 camels lost their database and had some other issues earlier this year and they are still recovering.

Here are my first impressions as compared to the Comet II lathe I recently sold.

Pro:
20 lbs Heavier and more robust than the Comet II
Slightly quieter
Much more powerful
All levers lock tight with a minimum of effort except the quill lock requires a good turn or it vibrates loose.

Con:
Belt changes take slightly more time, talking about seconds

Box Contents
Lathe
centers
3” faceplate w/ locking screw
knockout bar
3mm hex key
10” & 6” tool rests

The forward/reverse switch is backward but I half expected that based on recent reviews and this might be why they dropped the price to clear out stock. A very minor issue. Looks like I can turn it around.

Switch location is great. Some reviewers dislike it which is fine, different strokes, but some have complained it requires reaching over the spinning workpiece but I don’t know why unless you are missing your left arm.

The faceplate flats are too narrow for a wrench so if it sticks they are no help without a dedicated wrench made from stamped metal or a regular wrench ground thinner. But that complaint is not unique to Delta, every faceplate I’ve owned by any company had the same problem. Still, it’s aggravating.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#4 posted 10-13-2016 12:00 AM

Hello. This is my first post. I’ve been an avid reader for a couple years. I jumped on the Delta Midi thanks to the deal thread. This is my first lathe. Thanks for your post. That forward reverse thing was really making my first attempt at turning “eventful”.

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#5 posted 10-13-2016 12:59 AM

They would rather slash the price than reverse the wires – tells you what labor rates are these days.

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#6 posted 10-13-2016 06:00 AM



Yeah 3 camels lost their database and had some other issues earlier this year and they are still recovering.

Here are my first impressions as compared to the Comet II lathe I recently sold.

Pro:
20 lbs Heavier and more robust than the Comet II
Slightly quieter
Much more powerful
All levers lock tight with a minimum of effort except the quill lock requires a good turn or it vibrates loose.

Con:
Belt changes take slightly more time, talking about seconds

Box Contents
Lathe
centers
3” faceplate w/ locking screw
knockout bar
3mm hex key
10” & 6” tool rests

The forward/reverse switch is backward but I half expected that based on recent reviews and this might be why they dropped the price to clear out stock. A very minor issue. Looks like I can turn it around.

Switch location is great. Some reviewers dislike it which is fine, different strokes, but some have complained it requires reaching over the spinning workpiece but I don t know why unless you are missing your left arm.

The faceplate flats are too narrow for a wrench so if it sticks they are no help without a dedicated wrench made from stamped metal or a regular wrench ground thinner. But that complaint is not unique to Delta, every faceplate I ve owned by any company had the same problem. Still, it s aggravating.

- Rick M.


I have had my Delta 46=460 for 6 years already and like it a lot.
About the faceplate flats, my lathe did come with a steel plate wrench that fits the faceplate.
Did you not get one with yours , maybe still in the box
Mind you I do not use the faceplate often, but that wrench is handy to have.
Happy turning

-- Have fun and take care

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#7 posted 10-13-2016 10:53 AM


I have had my Delta 46=460 for 6 years already and like it a lot.
About the faceplate flats, my lathe did come with a steel plate wrench that fits the faceplate.
Did you not get one with yours , maybe still in the box
Mind you I do not use the faceplate often, but that wrench is handy to have.
Happy turning

- Leo Van Der Loo

Mine did come with a wrench Rick. I would contact Amazon…again. Maybe they’ll send one, maybe not but it may be worth a quick online chat.


I m curious who all snagged one and what you think of it so far? And if you got one with the switch backward or not?

- Rick M.

Mine did come with the F/R switch wired backwards. I fixed it in a couple of minutes though. It probably isn’t worth fixing but I’m kinda anal :-/ If you remove the switch housing from the lathe by removing the 4 phillips head screws, all you have to do is reverse the 2 wires going from the R/F switch to the circuit board. It’s the 2 terminals circled in red in the photo below. They’re quick connect terminals so it’s just a matter of unplugging them and plugging them back into the opposite terminal. The terminals on the board are labeled M+ and M-.


Congrats everyone who snagged it. That lathe is very similar to mine. You will all enjoy it!!

Kenny, when you re testing it tonight you need to be thinking about more excuses as to why it needs to stay setup. Then more excuses after that.

- ki7hy


I have a workbench to build and it’s hunting season. Not to mention Christmas is just around the corner and it’s college football season and I have a swap project to squeeze in somewhere. Nope, a new lathe setting there calling out to me is definitely not something I need right now. Gotta sleep sometime… ;-p

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 10-13-2016 12:40 PM

I nabbed mine at $364. Yeah, the switch was reversed, but I don’t mind really…the markings are hard to read anyway, so it’s not like doing that is any easier than turning it on to see which way it’s spinning.
I spent a part of last weekend building a stand for it (still fine-tuning), as my previous model was the HF 8×12 and just sat on my bench, so this is a nice, big upgrade. My centers were dead-on, tailstock glides easily, no damaged parts, quiet motor, NO vibration to speak of…super happy with the lathe!
I did notice in one of the older reviews on here about the bed being textured and not ground flat. I’m wondering if it aids in locking down the banjo and tailstock. It doesn’t seem to have a downside, except that it provided a whole lot of extra surface area to cake in the packing oil. It took me a while to get it all off, but it was a joy/excuse to spend more time with my new toy!

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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HokieKen

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#9 posted 10-13-2016 12:54 PM



I nabbed mine at $364. Yeah, the switch was reversed, but I don t mind really…the markings are hard to read anyway, so it s not like doing that is any easier than turning it on to see which way it s spinning.
I spent a part of last weekend building a stand for it (still fine-tuning), as my previous model was the HF 8×12 and just sat on my bench, so this is a nice, big upgrade. My centers were dead-on, tailstock glides easily, no damaged parts, quiet motor, NO vibration to speak of…super happy with the lathe!
I did notice in one of the older reviews on here about the bed being textured and not ground flat. I m wondering if it aids in locking down the banjo and tailstock. It doesn t seem to have a downside, except that it provided a whole lot of extra surface area to cake in the packing oil. It took me a while to get it all off, but it was a joy/excuse to spend more time with my new toy!

- Dustin

Post some pics of your stand when you get it done. I’ve been thinking about how I want to build the stand for mine. I think I want it to be expandable just in case I want to add a bed extension in the future but I don’t want it to be any longer than necessary. I definitely want storage on the stand for tools and chucks etc. but not sure how I want to do that exactly either. I’m curious to how others are doing theirs.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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them700project

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#10 posted 10-13-2016 01:56 PM

I got mine at 360ish and had no want or need for a lathe at this point. I was planning on one eventually but I was thinking Drill press, Jointer, and Band saw first. This deal was just too good. I did however make the mistake of not ordering a toolset with it, but I have a psi set coming friday, So ill just have to watch the wood turn in circles for now. Its funny everyones mentioning the fwd/rev issue, being new to a lathe i knew only that the wood came from the opposite side of the lathe over the top towards me, my immediate thought was wood turners are silly why would they call that reverse. Now it all makes sense. My plan is to put it on a piece of plywood with super heavy duty drawer slides on top of my miter bench it should clear the fence position of my saw

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Rick M

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#11 posted 10-13-2016 05:43 PM

I don’t think drawer slides will give you enough rigidity. Lathes vibrate, shake and shimmy; that’s why people often build stands and add bags of sand or concrete to the bottom.
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Thanks for info on the wrench, I will look back through the packing material and see if I overlooked it. If missing, this will be a good test of Delta’s customer service.

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them700project

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#12 posted 10-13-2016 06:24 PM

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I don t think drawer slides will give you enough rigidity. Lathes vibrate, shake and shimmy; that s why people often build stands and add bags of sand or concrete to the bottom.
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- Rick M.

Thats a good point i was kind of thinking it would need to be something ridiculous like linear bearing rails

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#13 posted 10-13-2016 06:48 PM

Interesting idea using rails, how would that work exactly? How would they be supported when extended?

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them700project

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#14 posted 10-13-2016 07:04 PM

Im not 100% sure its just a thought right now but a simple sollution would be to have pieces of wood to place on bench when you slide it towards the front. another thought is some kind of roller at the front of the mounting boardt that will take weight and roll across the bench

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#15 posted 10-13-2016 10:08 PM

My wrench was in the box. Must have got loose and went down along the side because it fell out when I took everything out the box. Glad I mentioned it or it would have been thrown away.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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