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Forum topic by CARSandCustoms posted 08-14-2018 05:52 PM 1980 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CARSandCustoms

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08-14-2018 05:52 PM

The only info the seller knows is that it is a 10” Delta and it runs. Asking $150.00

My turning experiences include High School shop 30 years ago…

I’m mostly interested in doing small bowls, pens, handles, etc for now.

Or am I better off spending a few hundred more for a midi lathe? I have the space for it…


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Woodknack

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#1 posted 08-14-2018 06:39 PM

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#2 posted 08-14-2018 08:03 PM

If you don’t mind tinkering a little bit could be the only lathe will ever need. Would be nice to know if other accessories come with it. Might want bigger tool rest, one shown good for pens and other small items. Some lathes came with both small & large tool rest.

Rick M’s link pretty imformative. Especially liked article how he added a tread mill motor to his lathe. Looks like Delta made more than one 10” lathe.

http://www.vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/bytype.aspx

So yes might be worth a look if not to far from your house. Like article says want to know how well it runs and if the lathe is complete.

If not interested go buy a midi for more than few hundred. Delta’s 46-460, Jet’s 1221VS, and Rikon’s Mod 70-220VSR 12 ½ x 20” VSR are great lathes. There are more midi lathes out there but like these the best! I would buy the Jet if were looking that’s JMPO!

-- Bill

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#3 posted 08-15-2018 12:30 AM

I’m not sure that is a 10” lathe… it looks like it’s either a 955 (9”) or an older 930 (11”) due to the steel bed (instead of cast iron). If you can get a serial number, you could hopefully date it and match to a catalog entry to narrow it down.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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runswithscissors

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#4 posted 08-15-2018 12:48 AM

It looks like a cast iron bed to me. What clue tells you it’s a steel bed?

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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MrUnix

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#5 posted 08-15-2018 05:35 AM

It looks like a cast iron bed to me. What clue tells you it s a steel bed?
- runswithscissors

Squared bed shape with a flared out bottom ‘lip’ along its entire length. Here is a listing from the 1940 catalog showing the steel bed 930 and the cast iron 1460:

Cheers,
Brad

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

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Wildwood

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#6 posted 08-15-2018 10:18 AM

Went to Delta machines, clicked on wood lathes and these two looked like picture OP posted to me. Could not link entire page where could scroll down to them without doing additional clicks.

http://www.vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=27444

http://www.vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=16152

There is a definite difference between these two, still think lathe in the OP’s picture worth a look see if close to home whether worth $150 or time?

What say you?

-- Bill

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#7 posted 08-15-2018 12:19 PM

IMO you are better off spending another $150 for a HF 34706 lathe – here.

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CARSandCustoms

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#8 posted 08-16-2018 01:41 PM

Thanks for all the information!
I’m going to pass on it. The seller can’t or wont give me anymore information when I ask questions. I’m not really sure where they came up with an asking price if they don’t know what it is.
I’m in no hurry. I’ll just keep looking around.

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MrRon

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#9 posted 08-16-2018 05:42 PM

I would pass on it. The cost is too high for such a sad looking machine. Not having a cover over the pulleys is a hazard. I know because I removed the cover on my lathe(Shopsmith) and got my finger caught between the pulley and belt.

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Underdog

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#10 posted 08-16-2018 06:05 PM

Get a lathe with common spindle sizes (1” and 1-1/4”) and tapers (Morse #2). You’ll be a lot happier down the road when you go to buy accessories like centers and chucks.
Not to mention having a tool rest and tailstock with quick release banjo and locking handles that make it much easier to use.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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Lazyman

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#11 posted 08-16-2018 06:08 PM

If turning bowls is something you plan to do, I’d pass too. 10” just doesn’t give you much room to turn a decent size bowl. I turn lots of small bowls on my 10” swing midi lathe and it is fun but I constantly wish I had a larger swing. I would put the $150 (plus any fixup costs) towards something a little nicer.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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HokieKen

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#12 posted 08-16-2018 06:30 PM

I’d let that one go at that price unless it comes with some really special extras. I don’t think I’d even go to 3 figures on that one. Common sized spindle threads and Morse tapers are worth extra $ IMO. And variable speed isn’t strictly necessary but it is for me.

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

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Wildwood

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#13 posted 08-16-2018 07:47 PM

Don’t know how close these places & lathes are to you and of course your budget but if close might be worth a look.

The first link selling old reeves drive lathes if running great & complete better than new midi lathes. Of course they do weigh a lot. Definitely need to hear anyone you like run before buying. Also ask about care & cleaning reeves drive normally need to service at least once a year.

Variable Speed Wood Lathes 12” Rockwell Delta HDFrom $895 (Fridley

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ank/tld/d/variable-speed-wood-lathes-12/6665929672.html

If this one is close runs great would haggle for better price. Jet has replaced this one for newer model.
Jet 12×20 midi wood lathe – $425 (St cloud

https://stcloud.craigslist.org/tls/d/jet-12x20-midi-wood-lathe/6660581325.html

-- Bill

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Andybb

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#14 posted 08-17-2018 10:04 PM


IMO you are better off spending another $150 for a HF 34706 lathe – here.
- OSU55

+1

$150 is way too much IMHO. I got this lathe for $25, refurbed it and put a variable speed treadmill motor on it that I got free off of Craigslist. It was a fun learning experience and works great, but if I had it to do all over again I’d buy a new or used variable speed lathe.

I’m not going to be turning any table legs and use it mostly for pens so a smaller, newer unit would be my choice, especially considering the prices they can be had for. The variable speed is worth the $.

Or, something like the one that Wildwood linked to above that has live centers and chucks and stuff included.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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MrRon

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#15 posted 08-18-2018 07:40 PM

If you are into wood turning of both big and small turnings, I would recommend a mini lathe for the small projects, like pens and a full size lathe for large turnings, like bowls, legs, etc. I have a HF 12” wood lathe and I think it is one of the best tools in the HF inventory.

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