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sgv

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04-26-2013 10:54 PM

I have not used a lathe in 30 years and I am thinking about ether the Delta 46-455 or the Jet 1220, I have always stuck by Delta but with all the reviews lately about cheaper parts and bad service, I am stuck, I have never had any Jet equipment, or used any HELP!!!!!! what do you turners out there use, I want to make small bowls and goblets. also was thinking about the nova 3 chuck
Thanks in advance :)

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back


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Bill White

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#1 posted 04-26-2013 11:04 PM

Don’t forget to check out the lathes offered by Grizzly. Good service, pricing, and after-the purchase support.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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sgv

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#2 posted 04-26-2013 11:21 PM

Just looked at the Grizzly 462 ok add one more to my list now I am more confused

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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AandCstyle

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#3 posted 04-26-2013 11:29 PM

Would this be for turning broom handles and/or magic wands???? LOL :D

-- Art

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sgv

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#4 posted 04-26-2013 11:33 PM

bowls to keep magic dust ;)

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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HorizontalMike

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#5 posted 04-26-2013 11:59 PM

I bought the Delta 46-460 in January of this year and I am impressed. Yes this is my first lathe but I do find it hard to believe that there is anything better than this midi Delta at this price point. I am a happy camper.

BTW, one week into ownership I got the live center stuck in the MT2 tail stock. Delta got me a replacement in less than two weeks. I had beat this thing up trying to free it, so I thought they would never cover it under warranty. THEY DID. I had ordered a replacement on my dime since I was feeling guilty, and that one came even faster. The service center even returned the original quill, so I now have three!

Bottom line… Don’t believe all the trash talk about Delta. This is one sweet little lathe.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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sgv

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#6 posted 04-27-2013 10:42 AM

Thanks Mike do you turn bowls, if so witch chuck go you use?

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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HorizontalMike

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#7 posted 04-27-2013 11:57 AM

So far I have only turned a number of Handplane knobs and used the lathe to center-bore some 3/8in brass nuts for those knobs. I bought the Delta (Nova) reversible chuck #46-461 and love that as well.

Also, you may want to consider what cutting tools you will be buying. Look at Penn State Industries and “Benjamin’s Best” for good tools at a really good price.

And lastly, consider how you will re-sharpen your cutting tools. Gerry (TheDane) and I converted the lowly Harbor Freight 4×36 Belt sander, into a belt sharpening system that works wonders for at least 6x-8x cheaper than other dedicated sharpening systems:

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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sgv

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#8 posted 04-27-2013 01:19 PM

Thanks Mike I will check the sites out, I was thinking of the pen state tools :)

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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JamesT

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#9 posted 04-27-2013 02:48 PM

svg,
I would not buy anything that has a Delta label. You could very well be buying something new that you cannot get repair parts for. Case in point: You can buy a Delta 18-36 drum sander model 31-260X from a number of dealers. However, if the plastic table elevation gear should fail, (gearshaft assy) it is obsolete, not available, and un-repairable. The sander becomes useless.

-- Jim from Doniphan

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MrRon

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#10 posted 04-27-2013 04:25 PM

I try to never compare a 30 year old tool with a new tool, even from the same manufacturer. Over the years, quality can improve, but as one observes today, quality can also deteroiate. I have a Jet cabinet saw that I’ve owned for 30 years. It is a great saw and what I’ve seen of other tools in their line, it is a very good tool indeed. But, I can’t answer the same of a new one, as I haven’t owned any other saw. I don’t do much turning, so I bought a Harbor Freight 12” lathe. The price was good and the lathe works just fine for me. I have also heard good reviews from other HF lathe owners. Delta’s reputation has been steadily going downhill and I would never consider one. I don’t know about the Jet. For the money, I don’t think you can go wrong with the HF lathe. They are always on sale with a coupon, so you can get one for under $200. I paid $150 for mine; new.

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Wildwood

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#11 posted 04-27-2013 05:02 PM

Would not knock Delta mini, yes problems are surfacing.

Do recommend looking at Jet’s 1221 wood lathe, which cost a little more. Replaces the Jet 1220, and gives tad more distance between centers. Beefier than either older Jet 1220 & Delta lathes.
Few people ordering from Amazon.com had damage to headstock cover, folks making in store purchase have not had that problem.

http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2085551/42618/jet-1221vs-lathe.aspx
http://www.penturners.org/forum/f30/jet-1221vs-review-109917/
http://www.penturners.org/forum/f30/jet-1221vs-lathe-107982/

Jet 1221, although more expensive would make a better bowl turning lathe. If could do a side-by-side comparison.

My first lathe from Grizzly, second Delta, third Jet mini 1014, fourth Jet 1642. Would be reluctant to buy Grizzly & Delta lathes. Both jets served me well. Paid $199 for Jet mini and sold it several years later for $125.

-- Bill

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sgv

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#12 posted 04-27-2013 06:28 PM

Thanks to all LJ’s I am going to do some more looking on line, I am starting to lean to Jet, Is the Nova g3 a good chuck?

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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HorizontalMike

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#13 posted 04-27-2013 07:52 PM

BTW @sgv, WoodCraft may now start to carry the Delta Midi Lathe. And all eight of my local Lowes carry this Delta Midi Lathe in stock. Do keep your eyes open with regards to Delta naysayers, and go put your hands on one in any local Lowes. And maybe in a local WC soon too.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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sgv

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#14 posted 04-27-2013 09:13 PM

Thanks Mike

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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Dakkar

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#15 posted 04-28-2013 12:44 AM

Here’s an interesting account from a pen turner who upgraded from a Delta 46-460 to the Jet 1221VS. He did seem to like them both, but he prefers the 1221.

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