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Forum topic by Jonathan posted 12-01-2012 02:26 PM 6499 views 1 time favorited 46 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-01-2012 02:26 PM

I know there was just a promotion that when you bought the 46-460, you received the 46-462 stand for free. I have asked for a Rockler gift card for Christmas, and intend to probably use it towards a lathe sometime after the holidays, and can wait for it to go on sale again.

I’ve been looking at lathes on-and-off for over a year now. Originally, I wanted to go with something like a Nova DVR or a Jet 1642-EVS2. I figured I wouldn’t outgrow either of those choices. However, I’m thinking the Delta 46-460 will be a bit of a compromise, but a more prudent decision at this point in time. I just can’t justify spending $2K on my first lathe, as funds are tight right now. I figure the 46-460 will be a good starter lathe that I’m not going to immediately outgrow, and it won’t break the bank either, especially if I do get a gift card or two. As an added bonus, it’ll take up less room in the shop.

To get to my question: How often and at what time of the year does this lathe go on sale? It seems to me that I saw it on-sale at least once this year, (not including the recent free stand promotion), but don’t recall when, as I wasn’t really considering this lathe as an option at that point.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."


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#1 posted 12-01-2012 02:54 PM

http://denver.craigslist.org/tls/3438982884.html

There’s a lot of lathes on Craigslist for you to choose from
as well.

Maybe save a few bucks and pick up some accessories
at the same time.

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#2 posted 12-01-2012 02:58 PM

If you don’t have amazon prime and free shipping, you can look up an old Amazon ad and there are some out there, but be aware they won’t ship it on Amazon Prime with free shipping on those old ads. I saved 50$ on my Delta lathe, but ended up paying an extra $10 because they charged me shipping.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#3 posted 12-01-2012 03:17 PM

waho6o9, Thanks for the response, I appreciate it. I’ve been looking on Craigslist for quite a long time. Once in a great while, a good deal on a lathe of interest comes up, but inevitably, it’s gone before I get to it.

I like the idea that the link you posted has most everything needed to get started, and that the lathe is new. However, the Rikon is too small for me. I like the swing over of the Delta 46-460, as well as the 1HP motor, plus that it can easily be run in reverse for sanding/finishing work, so I can probably skip a power sander, at least to start with. In addition, I already have a few tools just waiting for the lathe. I got a great deal last year on a full-sized set of 5-Robert Sorby tools. I also have a Worksharp 3000 that should suffice, at least to start with, for sharpening the tools. Heck, I even have some pen blanks and bowl blanks waiting as well. And I’ve got a bandsaw that I can use to cut more blanks. I know there are quite a few more tools that I’ll need, and/or want once I begin turning too. I don’t have a huge desire to turn pens, so I don’t plan to get those tools, at least, not for now. I have also started to research chainsaws, but figure that can wait for a bit, since I’ve already got a fair amount of turn-worthy wood.

I’ve been tempted several times to get something like the deal you posted above (either used off CL, or new from a store), but haven’t, as I believe I’ll feel pretty limited in a hurry, and dissuaded by the 1/2-HP motors. And I know the 46-460 certainly has limitations, but not as many as the mini lathes. I am particularly intrigued by bowl turning, and I figure the 46-460 will at least allow me the opportunity to turn some smaller ones (close to 12” if using a pre-rounded bowl blank). I don’t plan on turning anything overly long at this point, so the 16.5” on the 46-460 should suffice for now. And if I need to go longer, I can always get a bed extension for it.

Again, I’d love to get something bigger, with more power and a larger capacity, but feel the 46-460 is enough lathe to get me started and keep me satisfied for a while.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 12-01-2012 03:24 PM

It’s a nice lathe. I got one and I’m preparing to turn a 12” bowl of walnut which I have glued up and drying. I made a bench out of some 4/4 red oak I had laying around and it’s fairly solid. Nothing works to stabilize a lathe until you get it rounded.
The variable speed control is wonderful and has a very wide range. I’ve had the belt on the second pulley since I got it and it is perfect. I haven’t even tried the high speed yet.

You’ll need a good bowl chuck if you haven’t gotten one yet. You can get a decent one for 60$ so don’t get the 300$ models or you’ll waste your money.

Next thing you need, if you haven’t already gotten it, is a sharpening system for your chisels. Just about everything there will run close to if not over 100$.

Have fun turning, and don’t forget to wear a face mask.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#5 posted 12-01-2012 03:25 PM

@RussellAP, I do have Amazon Prime, but it’s currently $728.49 through that channel. I will continue to keep my eyes on Amazon though.

If I do end up getting the 46-460, I also plan to get the Nova G3-D chuck for it so I can run the lathe in both directions without worry.

I can, and am willing to wait a while if I know there is a sale/rebate/free stand/etc. on the 46-460 coming up.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#6 posted 12-01-2012 03:28 PM

They have gone up. I paid 599 just a couple months ago.

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#7 posted 12-01-2012 03:30 PM

@RussellAP, I do have a face shield, although I need a new piece of plastic for it. I also have a leather apron that was a BBQ apron, but should work well for turning. I’m glad to hear you really like your 46-460. It seems to get pretty much unanimous thumbs-up votes from everything I’ve read.

I may just end up building a bench for it, as you’ve done.

What chuck do you have for it? I figured the Nova G3-D was a good choice, as that can be had for around $130-140.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 12-01-2012 03:31 PM

I was hoping that sometime after the first of the year, they’d be closer to that $599 mark, which is why I’m willing to wait. If I can save 100-or more on the lathe itself, that’ll cover a chuck.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 12-01-2012 03:35 PM

Woodcraft has a Nova chuck w/4 jaws on sale for $199. Just in case you wanted to look at that too.

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#10 posted 12-01-2012 03:42 PM

I got my chucks at PSI Woodworking. The Utility grip CUG3418cc and the Jumbo Flat Jaw.

http://www.pennstateind.com/store/CUG3418CCX.html

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#11 posted 12-01-2012 03:53 PM

@ShaneA, I saw that package on-sale. It certainly seems to be a nice package at a good price, but I’m wondering about the size/weight of it for the Midi 46-460, compared to the G3 chuck that was designed to minimize load on bearings, etc. with its reduced weight?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#12 posted 12-01-2012 03:58 PM

Currently the best price I can find on the 46-460 is through tools-plus.com, shipped at $679.00. Coincidentally, they also have the cheapest price, shipped on the G3-D (a.k.a. 46-461) chuck, at $122.40.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#13 posted 12-01-2012 04:05 PM

Just for kicks I registered at:
http://www.deltamachinery.com/
and asked when will the 46-460 go on sale.

LOL, maybe they’ll respond?

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#14 posted 12-01-2012 04:17 PM

That is too funny! You never know though? :-)

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#15 posted 12-01-2012 04:23 PM

Jonathan, Look on CL, there is a nice Oliver with a Vega Duplicator there for 1200 bucks….. That is a pretty good deal…. The oliver 2159….. 1 1/2 hp The Duplicator alone is worth at least 400 bucks now but new close to a grand…. It also comes with a Nova chuck… It is in Carbondale….. I bet a grand would take it all home and you would probably never outgrow this one…. 48in between centers…. If it wasn’t for me having to move my shop right now and spending that money I would have jumped on it…. That is a sweet lathe…. You buy the Lathe give ya 400 for the Vega Part…. just sayin… So for 600 bucks you got a nice lathe and Nova chuck….

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