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Walt

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I have recently obtained a 12 in variable seeed wood lathe. (Delta 46-700) with the ser# 92D97878. I have thired to get information on the lathe and have been able to get a Instruction manual but none of the pictures in the manual match the lathe I have. It appears to be a Delta 46 700 Bench model lathe but it is mounted on a stand and does not have head stock locking lever. This lathe works well and I intend to have many hours of fun with it but I was wondering if anyone knew of a source that I could find to get the exact date of manufacture and a manual for repairs?

Walt

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware, http://waltlumley@yahoo.com


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#1 posted 581 days ago

Maybe the serial and model number from the motor, thats what i used to find diagrams and a manual for my old walker turner lathe. Then i just googled it and shortly after found them online.

-- rob, ont,canada

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#2 posted 581 days ago

Thanks I will try that

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware, http://waltlumley@yahoo.com

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#3 posted 581 days ago

There is no lever, need a lathe wrench to turn nut located below lathe bed to move headstock along the bed or rotate. Think that wrench same size as headstock nut. If did not get lathe wrench supplied with lathe just use one that fits the nut.

-- Bill

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#4 posted 581 days ago

What appears to be below the head stock is a round nut with a hex wrench hole. To access this fully I will need to drill a hole in the lathe stand. Should not be a problem

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware, http://waltlumley@yahoo.com

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#5 posted 581 days ago

In the manual they mention two spindle wrenches (e), headstock positioning wrench (f), headstock spur center which is a hex wrench, (g), tailstock cup center actually live center,

Long time since fooled around with this lathe bought in 1996, and now sits on floor in back of my shop. Should have taken it back to TOOLS Plus after reeves drive went out in less than 30 days. Three trips to warranty service centers did not resolve issues.

Ended up going to machine/welding shop in town. Removing reeves drive, installing bracket on side of bed that allowed motor to swing in and out. Installed a pulley on spindle, new belt & replaced bearings. Used it that way for several years until upgraded to Jet 1642.

Hope you have better luck than I did; Norm used on on his show for several years. My Delta was a real PITA until modified. My first lathe was from Grizzly it was so horrible they stopped selling them. My Jet mini was better than my first two right of the box.

-- Bill

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Walt

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#6 posted 581 days ago

Thanks Bill I will keep all your comments on file so if I have any problems I will try to implement the same measures. I got the lathe for next to nothing so I guess the price is right. When I checked the Reeves drive it seemed quite dusty and dry so I cleaned it as much as possible and then used belt conditioner on the belt and currently is is running well and though not as quite as a new lathe it is not giving and unwanted noise.

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware, http://waltlumley@yahoo.com

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#7 posted 579 days ago

Carl Jacobson has several You-Tube videos using his Delta 46-700. Other than removing headstock cover, do see where he made same modification I did. Does have aftermarket hand wheel on tail stock and does use an aftermarket tool rest in some videos. Guess he is not worried about dusty reeves drive seen in some of his videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs8qv5Av5sE

Any ways good luck with your new lathe.

-- Bill

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#8 posted 579 days ago

wildwood
Thanks for the information about Carl Johnson. I checked it out and he has very good videos. I have been checking out the new lathe I have and after some extenstive cleaning and lubrication. It is running much better and is nowhere near as loud as it first was. The tool I got with the lathe are ok but many need to be sharpened so my project next week is to get them in to the best condition and then see what I need to replace

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware, http://waltlumley@yahoo.com

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#9 posted 579 days ago

This is the lathe that I just picked up .
To the left of the motor are some table and chairs I am in the process of repairing.

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware, http://waltlumley@yahoo.com

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