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Rick M

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04-02-2015 05:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: delta 46-111

New toy, Delta Rockwell 46-111. Came with original stand, motor, spur center, cup center, and face plate (not sure if it’s original). Switch was replaced at some point. Also came with a half decent face shield and some old cheap turning tools. It’s in decent condition, some light surface rust. I only ran it for 30 seconds but I didn’t hear any bearing noise. The cup center is stuck, I have it soaking in PB Blaster.

I’m on the fence about keeping the stand or making a new one.

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#1 posted 04-02-2015 05:40 PM

Very nice. When do you think it was manufactured?

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#2 posted 04-02-2015 05:46 PM

Nice lathe.. I have its predecessor, the 46-110 (made in 1948). Looks like the one you got has one of those unusual tailstocks with the cam lock. What is the serial #?

Cheers,
Brad

PS: You say the cup center is stuck (in the tailstock?)? You should just be able to crank it back to disengage. Also, are you sure that’s an original stand? The catalog lists the stand as optional and is cast, not sheet metal. Might be a PO addition, but still looks good.

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

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#3 posted 04-02-2015 06:18 PM

Rick, it likes like a good find depending on the price. However, since you posted this I assume that you made a good deal. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#4 posted 04-02-2015 06:26 PM

I agree. I’m sure you got a good deal. Looks to be in great shape. Nothing like a new tool to brighten up the shop. What’s going on with the other one?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 04-02-2015 06:42 PM

@WayneC – No idea when it was made, probably mid-70’s

@MrUnix – I wasn’t sure about the stand until I found it on OWWM. It was a Rockwell stand from the mid-70’s. I didn’t have much time to mess with the cup center last night, just squirted it and left it until this evening.

@doubleDD – The Craftsman is fine although I broke the switch 2 days ago. But I will sell it after this one is up and running. Will probably sell the Goodell Pratt too.

Price was good. I didn’t steal it but it’s the lowest price on a Delta lathe I’ve found around here. Most of them start around $350, this one was 1/3 that much.

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#6 posted 04-02-2015 06:45 PM

@WayneC – No idea when it was made, probably mid-70’s

What’s the serial number??

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#7 posted 04-02-2015 07:11 PM

Congratulation & good luck with it!

Might try little reinforcing and adding some weight to that old stand before building a new one.

-- Bill

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#8 posted 04-02-2015 07:25 PM

I wish I kept my old smaller Rikon lathe. But with no room there wasn’t much of an option.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 04-02-2015 08:32 PM

I had the identical lathe even right down to the stand. This particular model was made for a number of years though I can tell right away from looking at it that yours was probably made in the late 60’s to early 70’s based on the rockwell badge style and the fact that the tailstock is not the cast iron model. I think its cast aluminum or pot metal? Can’t remember which. I restored mine, used it a few times, but ended up getting a different lathe that had a reeves drive for speed control. If yours has the indexing pin hold on to it. Those things tend to get lost and are quite rare.

The most common modification for this lathe is to take a solid hardwoard board as long as the entire lathe and bolt the lathe through the board to the stand so the lathe is sitting on the board which is sitting on the stand. This adds a lot of rigidity and this particular model of stand really needs the extra help. If you can bolt the stand directly to the floor that is best. If not you may want to ad a wooden shelf in the base and then pile rocks or concrete bags or whatever is heavy onto the shelf to weigh the thing down.

Good luck!

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#10 posted 04-02-2015 08:45 PM

I have the same one I bought at auction with a set of delta tools. Mine is yellow and black but works great for a 65.00 lathe.

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#11 posted 04-02-2015 09:30 PM

I bought that same lathe in the early 70’s that is the stand that came with it. You could also get it without the stand. It may have that switch because it came without the motor. You could get it without the motor. You supplied your own motor and wired it in yourself. I used the same switch and box on mine. At the time you could buy a motor and the lathe without motor for much less than rockwell wanted for the lathe and motor. For some reason rockwell was very proud of the motor they put on that lathe.
You gave a fair price for the lathe. $100 is about what I would sell mine for if I was going to sell. It’s a good lathe the bed is rigid no flex. The stand as minor hero notes needs to be stiffened. It works pretty well when turning between centers. If I was to turn any type of bowl. the stand definietely needs stiffend and weighted down. One nice thing about that lathe you can turn a face plate on the outboard end.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#12 posted 04-02-2015 10:33 PM


What s the serial number??

Cheers,
Brad
- MrUnix

I had to go look, GK-2808. I believe that makes it 1974. I was 6 years old then.

You guys aren’t joking about the stand. I bolted the lathe down and fired it up. That stand sounds like a meth head with a thunder machine. No way I could use it the way it is.

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#13 posted 04-02-2015 10:39 PM


... the tailstock is not the cast iron model. I think its cast aluminum or pot metal?
- Minorhero

Weighs nothing and is shiny-ish where bare metal shows, maybe aluminum, maybe zinc! Weighs nothing.

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#14 posted 04-03-2015 12:10 AM

Sweet score Rick

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#15 posted 04-03-2015 01:26 AM

Always nice to have new “playthings” in the shop. I’ve been selling some “stuff” around the house and saving for a new lathe. Sold a 5’X10’ trailer that I dont really need anymore (since we sold the m/c last summer) and thinking about selling a few of my guns next.

Not in a big rush to jump into just anything yet. My “wish list” starts with electronic variable speed, reverse, and a minimum of 12” capacity. Trying to save as much as I can before I get serious about comparing different brands.

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