How to determine Manufacture date of Delta 1460 lathe

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Forum topic by ScrapHeap posted 04-12-2014 05:16 PM 2608 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-12-2014 05:16 PM

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Hi all.
I purchased a Delta 1460 lathe last year at an auction.
I am trying to find out what year model this lathe is.
The serial number is 41-2240. The serial plate doesn’t say Rockwell like some of the other ones I have seen online.

The only parts that I think are original are the cast iron base, headstock, tailstock, and toolrests.
The motor is a newer 90vdc Baldor 1.5 hp reversible motor with variable controller.

I really like the lathe but I don’t know much about turning.

Any help is appreciated.


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#1 posted 04-12-2014 07:42 PM

Might find out something here.

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#2 posted 04-12-2014 08:36 PM

Rockwell acquired Delta in 1945 … prior to that, the badges and plates on Delta machinery identified the manufacturer as Delta or Delta/Milwaukee.

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#3 posted 04-13-2014 06:23 PM

Thank you for your responses.
Alaskaguy, judging from the information in your link, the manufacture year of this lathe looks to be 1946.

Here are some pictures of my lathe and the serial number plate.

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#4 posted 04-13-2014 09:24 PM

According to the vintagemachinery wiki serial number list, that lathe was built in 1946 (S/N#’s 40-6601 thru 49-5000). Not sure if you still can, but you used to be able to e-mail the Delta support staff and they could narrow down the model number, month and year of manufacture for you.


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