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MT_Keg

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27 days ago

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Hey all,

I just received an older wood lathe from a friend of mine! Unfortunately there was no manual, there is some rust on the bed and the tailstock needs some TLC! This lathe hasn’t been used or oiled/lubricated in many years. Could you please provide me some guidance on refurbishing this lathe! I have attached some picture for your viewing pleasure!

Thanks for all your help!

MT


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bigblockyeti

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#1 posted 27 days ago

First step would be to get the quill sliding smoothly which usually requires removing it and lubricating everything. Check the headstock bearings for any noticeable play and noise. Motor procurement will depend on how period correct you’re hoping to keep the restoration or if you’re more interested in just using it. Scotch Brite pads and WD-40 can work wonders on light surface rust, after that some Simple Green to get all the junk off and a good wax to protect the machine surfaces in the future. If you’re planning on painting it, do that after the degreasing and before the waxing. Looks like you’ve got a decent machine to start with.

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MrUnix

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#2 posted 26 days ago

Looks like a nice Delta model 1460, built in 1948 according to it’s serial number. You can find lots of info on that lathe over at the OWWM site, and a manual can be found here.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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MT_Keg

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#3 posted 26 days ago

Thanks for your comments and links bigblockyeti and MrUnix! There was a 1/2 hp 1800 rpm motor that came with the lathe… it is a Craftsman I think (I am sure that it isn’t the original). My plan was to fix it up to good working order and then begin to use it; i will start with the WD-40 and Scotch Brite. The rust on the bed seems light but the rust on the quill is a bit more severe. I plan on buying a chuck for this lathe are there any suggestions for compatible chucks?

Thanks again!

MT

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bigblockyeti

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#4 posted 26 days ago

Too many options for chucks to mention them all. It really depends on what you plan on using it for the most. Some of them can be quite expensive, some not so much, but you get what you pay for. The main thing is making sure you get one with the right diameter and thread pitch. Don’t forget turning tools too. Same deal as the chucks, you can spend a fortune or next to nothing.

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johnstoneb

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#5 posted 26 days ago

These lathes did come with a factory supplied motor but a lot of times those lathes were sold without a motor. The customer supplied his own. This kept the price of the lathe down.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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toolie

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#6 posted 26 days ago

When re furnishing any old tool with CI components, liquid wrench and patience are your best friends.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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Planeman40

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#7 posted 25 days ago

I have that same lathe, got it in a trade way back in the late 1960s. I keep it looking like new. You have an excellent machine! Fix it up and take care of it and it will serve you for a lifetime. However I think from the photos that the headstock is from the 1940s and the bed is from the 1970s due to the name plates. Rockwell didn’t buy out Delta until the early 1970s. You can research this at http://www.owwm.org/. This doesn’t affect the serviceability in any way.

Planeman

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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MrUnix

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#8 posted 25 days ago

However I think from the photos that the headstock is from the 1940s and the bed is from the 1970s due to the name plates. Rockwell didn’t buy out Delta until the early 1970s

The badges are period correct.. Delta was sold to Rockwell Manufacturing Co. in 1945. What you are most likely thinking about is when Delta/Rockwell Mfg was merged with North American Rockwell to become Rockwell International in 1973.

Brief history can be found at the VintageMachinery site.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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MT_Keg

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#9 posted 24 days ago

Thank you all for your help and thoughts! I think I will start to clean up the tailstock first before I start to mess with the bed or the spindle. Is there a guide that describes how to dismantle the tailstock (CBL-402), clean, and re-lubricate it?

Thanks again!

MT

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Rick M.

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#10 posted 23 days ago

Disassemble everything, clean and lubricate. Not only will that fix most problems but you’ll be more familiar with how the inner workings operate. Lathes are simple machines, shouldn’t be too difficult.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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MT_Keg

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#11 posted 20 days ago

I have gotten the tailstock and quill disassembled should I use the Scotch Bright pad and WD-40 on the quill and the internals of the tailstock?

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bigblockyeti

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#12 posted 20 days ago

I would use as little abrasion on the clearance surfaces as possible, WD-40 is fine, but take it easy with anything that is going to open up those tight tolerances.

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