delta mid lathe 46-250 or jet 10-14

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Forum topic by firstlight posted 11-27-2014 07:49 PM 1450 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-27-2014 07:49 PM

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I have an opportunity to purchase either of these two models for around $300 used. The Delta 46-250 is listed as purchased but never used and it looks to be right out of the box. The Jet10-14 is used but looks to be in pretty good condition – no obvious rust, etc.

I have been woodworking for several years but will be new to woodturning. Any advice on these or suggestions about how much accessories and tools will cost me would be much appreciated.

Happy Thanksgiving all!

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#1 posted 11-27-2014 09:08 PM

Fine Woodworking did a review on the delta 46-280 and only cost $300 as of 10/25/05. Since Delta does not make that lathe anymore would really question the new in the box story. The Jet has been superseded by the 1015, but still a lot of 1014 lathes around. Boils down which lathe still has parts available I have no idea.

Cannot tell you which is the better deal without seeing and hearing those lathes run. Not sure there is much difference in specs between the two. So suggest having a look at both lathes sounds like neither lathe has had much use, but cannot tell till see & hear them run.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 11-28-2014 12:04 AM

So you are looking at two different 10” swing lathes, neither of which is variable speed, for $300. Why not just buy a new Rikon 70-100 for $300 and get a 12” swing? It also has a slower slowest speed (which is a plus), albeit only slightly slower.

Or you could get the variable speed 10” PSI lathe for $360 or so.

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#3 posted 11-28-2014 02:21 PM

If given a choice between new & used mini lathe guess better to go with a new lathe. Of course if you are a good negotiator used might make better sense to you.

-- Bill

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