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Forum topic by Blair Helgason posted 08-24-2010 06:04 PM 9339 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Blair Helgason

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08-24-2010 06:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question lathe turning

Hello Everyone,

A friend of mine emailed me yesterday asking how much an Delta-Milwaukee (Rockwell) wood lathe

He siad it runs well and wants to know how much to charge for it. I don’t have a lot of experience with lathes and therefore haven’t done much research. Does anyone have an idea what to tell him?

Thanks in advance!

P.S. I’m not sure if the pic worked (never used Photobucket before). If not, let me know.
By the way the photo isn’t the actual machine, just the same model.

-- Blair

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#1 posted 08-24-2010 06:37 PM

It would depend on the shape of the actual machine. This model looks like a midi lathe…made for spindles and smaller bowls – say 1.5hp max? Typically the new ones go for around $300.00 to $400.00+ depending on accessories etc. Typically, a used machine in excellent condition would go around $250.00 (around 2/3 the new price) or so…this also depends on where it is also – if it needs to be shipped somewhere the weight of the machine is prohibitive.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#2 posted 08-24-2010 07:36 PM

Nice looking lathe. I think I would need some sort of guard around the belts down below. I could see myself getting a pant leg rapped around that in a heartbeat. Or sticking my fingers in the belt reaching for a gouge. Nice looking piece of equipement. No idea on the price. I’ll see if I can get one of those if it fits it ships boxes and I’ll make an offer.

-- Ray

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#3 posted 08-24-2010 07:52 PM

I do not know about the price but as it is, it looks unsafe to use.
I would hate to have a child around this thing.
It might be an issue selling this thing as is, if the future buyer later get hurt.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 08-24-2010 08:08 PM

I appreciate the safety issues expressed by others but, IMO, this is a very handsome and appealing lathe. It looks bigger than a midi to me. It looks like the tailstock would move back to support 40+” from spindle to spindle. It looks like bowl turning would be limited to about 15” in diameter.

I can’t tell if the belt from the shaft to the head is adjustable also. Therefore, I can’t tell how many speeds are available. If I owned this lathe I would want to be able to get down to about 500 rpm or less and I would like to be able to get up to at lease 1500 rpm. I seldom need to go faster.

It looks like a relatively heavy cast iron lathe. I would guess it to be around 250 pounds. I would still bolt it down and/or add additional weight if I were working with heavy out of balance material.

The motor looks fairly big and I would guess it to be at least 1.5 hp (sufficient).

If the lathe works well I would gladly pay $350 – $400 for it.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Blair Helgason

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#5 posted 08-24-2010 08:11 PM

Thanks a lot for the quick replies, very thorough Reggie. This will definitely help my friend out.

Raymond ans Bert – This isn’t a pic of the actual machine, just the same model. Thanks for the concern though.

-- Blair

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#6 posted 08-24-2010 08:43 PM

I had to go down to the shop and take another look I have its twin but it is a craftsman it dates back to the 1930s it looks good and works good its not a huge lathe but it not a mini its suits all my needs i bought mine for 250 from ebay and consider that a good price . you can always buy somthing new made overseas but these tools are a little bit of our heritage . When we made are own tools.

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#7 posted 08-24-2010 08:46 PM

Turn the irons down that will help the sftey issue by 50%

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Blair Helgason

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#8 posted 08-24-2010 09:03 PM

I guess it was a mistake posting the picture. The photo is just a visual my friend found so he could show me the model he has, it’s not his actual machine.

-- Blair

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#9 posted 08-24-2010 11:00 PM

Rich I agree that is a hansome looking lathe, I would put that in my shop in a heart beat. It looks like it was build to stand the tests of time. The Safety issues could easily be overcome. One thing I know forsure about pricing things, is that when I am buying I always seam to pay full price, and when I am selling I seam to have to give things away.

-- Ray

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#10 posted 08-25-2010 03:52 AM

Looks like a delta 1460. Built to last. Plug and play, $350.00, and no more dangerous than a 10” blade travelin at 3450 rpm. Great machine. I am currently lookin for one.

Good luck to all

Oh yeah. 12” swing, and 36” between centers its a little more than a midi. And those original cast iron delta legs it is setttin on are worth as much as the lathe.

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Blair Helgason

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#11 posted 08-25-2010 03:54 PM

Well, I passed on the message and he thinks he’ll list it for $175 – $200. Thanks again for all of your help, my friend and I really appreciate it!

-- Blair

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#12 posted 08-25-2010 04:19 PM

Sorry to hijack the thread Blair, but since you already got the answer you are looking for I don’t see any harm.

I just purchased a lathe and plan on setting it up in a few weeks hopefully. Anyways, I notice a lot of people with lathes put there chisels with chisel side up in front of the lathe down below. Is it just me or is this an accident waiting to happen? I know I shouldn’t put them behind the lathe as reaching over it is dangerous, but if I tripped or something and put my arms out to catch myself(or my body for that matter), I’d be skewered with this layout that I’ve seen many times in setup, maybe its far enough back though to keep out of the way, but still it looks dangerous. Maybe thats just me though. Any thoughts?

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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Blair Helgason

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#13 posted 08-25-2010 04:30 PM

no problem Eric, hijack away.

-- Blair

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#14 posted 08-25-2010 10:29 PM

That’s a 46-1460 Delta. And the one in the picture is a beautiful restoration (or preservation, depending). An excellent, old-style mid-range lathe that will last forever with proper care. I’d love to have it. I’d give your friend $350-$400, but then I can’t walk past a classic lathe, especially a Delta. Price really depends on condition and geography By geography, I mean prices on machines like this vary a great deal depending on where you are, here in Alaska something like that is rare and shipping from the lower 48 is hideously expensive for that much cast iron – so we tend to pay more than you would elsewhere. Machines like that are more common on the east coast and in the midwest near the places where the great hardwood stands used to grow, less common in places like Southern California.

With that said, I have to agree with the safety concerns expressed above – The belts aren’t really dangerous, if you’re standing correctly in front of the machine and wearing the proper attire for turning, but that tool rack is seriously dangerous. I’d move that ASAP.

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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#15 posted 08-25-2010 11:21 PM

Listing that lathe for $200 is a mistake in my opinion. It is easliy worth more in good condition. It would be better to see the actual lathe and accessories included to judge price. Some of the extras for that lathe can add up quite a bit.

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