Lathe indexing head?

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Forum topic by enginerd posted 12-17-2008 06:12 AM 1650 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-17-2008 06:12 AM

You know you been had when along with the beautiful vintage Delta lathe you received as an early Christmas gift is a list of projects for you to make on it, for her? Anyway, I have a question for the veterans out there: my new to me lathe has the indexing pin and the pulley with the holes in it. I understand how it works, but am wondering what all you guys and gals are using it for? I sorta know that I could make a router fixture and rout flutes but what else is it used for? Thanks in advance

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#1 posted 12-17-2008 02:13 PM

Do you have a Model 46-756 or 46-755X Delta? Because I have the same thing in mine. I have an instruction Manual if that would help you.

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#2 posted 12-17-2008 03:26 PM

I used my index head to mark the angles for the drilled holes on my locomotives, also with a router jig to cut wooden gears. It’s something you might never use but when you need it; It is nice to have.

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#3 posted 12-17-2008 05:36 PM

Well, I know it’s inteded for evenly spacing marks or details around the diameter of the workpiece … but I mostly use mine for locking the head so I can get the faceplate off! I have big plans, though …

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#4 posted 12-18-2008 05:22 AM

I have the smaller 1460 lathe from the 60s, I think. It has 8 holes on the inner ring and 60 holes on the outer.

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