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01-01-2018 03:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tip lathe turning repair delta 46-460

Hello All and Happy New Year 2018. Happy Turning!

I have a Delta 46-460 lathe that I bought used. They sell new in 2017 for about $700. I have had 3 years of joy with it turning mostly small stuff. It served me well. Recently, as I was turning something, the electrical box had a popping sound, smoke started coming out of it and it shut off. Obviously a major electrical failure. The motor is fine.

I have a new lathe now but it would be great to have a backup for several projects. My question is..

Is it worth buying a new electrical box or junk the lathe?
How much would a new electrical box cost?
Where can I buy it?

I’ve tried the E-comm sites but they are a nightmare trying to find the entire part/electric box.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Happy New Year 2018!

Joe


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#1 posted 01-01-2018 03:53 PM

Did not see electric box listed on any parts list. If it is the speed controller selling for $305.67 which is obsolete for both type 1 & 2 lathes doubt it’s worth the money. Delta list them as discontinued, you can always call their parts department toll free and ask for a solution. If have a friend or electronic repair shop in the area might be worth a look. Most repair shops do have a service fee for just looking.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 01-01-2018 04:57 PM

were are you located? I can fix it and would be interested in it.

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#3 posted 01-02-2018 03:48 AM

Assuming it is the speed controller board and not one of the switches, you are looking at about $300 for a replacement if it’s a type 1. The speed controller for a type 2 model seems to be made out of unobtanium though. But it’s a DC motor, so you probably could improvise by using an external control, such as one of those router speed controller things or a PWM board from a treadmill. How would you go about it REO?

Edit: I think for a type 2, this is the replacement from Delta.. but it’s a bit pricey :) It’s even more expensive at ereplacementparts.com

Cheers,
Brad

PS: This is why I won’t buy any machinery that has proprietary electronics on it. Electronics fail.. not if, but when.

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

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#4 posted 01-02-2018 05:05 AM



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Edit: ...

Cheers,
Brad

PS: This is why I won t buy any machinery that has proprietary electronics on it. Electronics fail.. not if, but when.

- MrUnix

Brad, what are “proprietary electronics”?

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#5 posted 01-02-2018 05:11 AM

Brad, what are “proprietary electronics”?
- Hockey

Electronics that you can only get from the OEM – like that speed controller on the lathe in question and many others on the market today. Seen too many otherwise fine machines relegated to the metal scrapper because an obscure electronic board went belly up and it was either impossible to replace (no longer in production) or prohibitively expensive to do so.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#6 posted 01-02-2018 05:13 AM

Thanks, Brad.

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#7 posted 01-02-2018 08:46 AM

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