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Forum topic by Marcus posted 02-04-2013 05:37 PM 1065 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-04-2013 05:37 PM

A local hardware store has the following for $865 out the door:

46-455: Delta 5 spd Midi Lathe
46-461: Nova Chuck
46-463: Delta Lathe bed extension
46-462: Stand
46-646: Delta 6-Piece Deluxe Turning Tool Set
46-464: Midi Lathe Stand Extension

Any thoughts frm the pros here on the 46-455 vs the 460 and if this would be a good way to get into the hobby? Seems like a bit more than I need at the moment, but the price seems right.

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#1 posted 02-04-2013 06:24 PM

That’s from that place in Hastings, isn’t it? It’s a good price for what you’re getting. I recently had a bad experience with a 46-460, largely based around Delta quality and customer service, so I personally wouldn’t recommend them as a manufacturer. That said, this kit will definitely get you up and running and turning most anything short of very large bowls and platters. A lot of people have had good experiences with Delta, so perhaps my experience was just an aberration.

Before you spend all this money to see if you like turning, I’d recommend checking out classes at Woodcraft or Rockler or the Minnesota Woodturners Association ( See if you can give it a try that way before investing so much money.

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#2 posted 02-04-2013 06:36 PM

It does sound like a good price. Unless you plan on turning long table legs, you probably don’t need the extensions, though. I got a bed extension with my mini lathe when I bought it several years ago, and I’ve never used it. Like I say, though, that all depends on what you plan to turn.

Personally, I would shop around some more. If I could upgrade to the variable-speed lathe and skip the stand and extensions for the same amount of cash outlay, I’d go that route.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 02-04-2013 07:05 PM

+1 to Charlie.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 02-04-2013 07:05 PM

Hey Rich -

Yes, its Terry’s Hardware in Hastings. I spoke with the guys at Rockler in Burnsville a bit about turning, they didnt seem that enthused. I was talking w/ the guys at America’s Woodshop (formerly North Country Woodshop), but it was $150 and I didnt get the impression I would learn too much. Maybe I’ll see if the MN woodturner’s guild has some educational opportunities.

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#5 posted 02-04-2013 09:52 PM

You might try Woodcraft in Bloomington. They have some turning specific classes. Rockler is kind of hit and miss. There are a couple of guys at the Burnsville store there that do turning demos and are happy to show you stuff. Here’s the class schedule for the Woodcraft store. They have some bowl and pen turning classes coming up.

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#6 posted 02-04-2013 10:17 PM

I have the Delta 46-460, and absolutely love it. I know of at least 5 others who also have it, and all have been very happy with it. The VS really is a must when it comes to turning as well. The 46-460 also goes down to 250RPMs which is really important when it comes to off balance turnings. I don’t have the bed extension, and for the most part hasn’t been a real issue. But, there have been times when I have pushed it and wish I did have the extension. I will get it at some point.

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