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    new Delta mini lathe

    I saw this on the DIY channel last night. It looks like it could make a lot of folks forget the Jet mini exists. It is a Delta 12", EVS mini lathe with a lot of grown up features. The DIY show said it was a "$500.00" lathe. Delta lists it at $599.00.
    http://www.dynamitetoolco.com/Produc...DEL_d_46_d_460

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    Frank, I have had a chance to fondle one. It is a very nice lathe and probably will be my next small lathe. If you get the non-vs model it is right at $499. But with the VS you get more HP of course VS and and reverse for $599 which I think is a pretty decent buy. To me the fit an finish on the one I got to play with was very good and overall quality was excellent.

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    Frank, on the site you provided, it states it is Variable Speed, but has a patented easy belt changing system. So it is variable speed if you the turner changes the belt on the pulley. Which isn't a big deal, do that with my JET mini, really like the idea of reverse. Have never sanded in reverse because I don't own a lathe that does that so don't know how much is fact or fiction. Good price. Thanks for sharing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    Frank, on the site you provided, it states it is Variable Speed, but has a patented easy belt changing system. So it is variable speed if you the turner changes the belt on the pulley. Which isn't a big deal, do that with my JET mini, really like the idea of reverse. Have never sanded in reverse because I don't own a lathe that does that so don't know how much is fact or fiction. Good price. Thanks for sharing it.
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    Delta 46-460 Specifications:
    # Motor: 1 HP Max, 120V, 60 Hz, 1 Phase
    # Motor Control: Electric Variable Speed
    # Speed: 250 - 700, 600 - 1.800 and 1,350 - 4,000 rpm

    You gotta read the whole article Jonathon.

    Yes there are 3 step pulleys with the variable speed at each step as shown above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    Frank, on the site you provided, it states it is Variable Speed, but has a patented easy belt changing system. So it is variable speed if you the turner changes the belt on the pulley. Which isn't a big deal, do that with my JET mini, really like the idea of reverse. Have never sanded in reverse because I don't own a lathe that does that so don't know how much is fact or fiction. Good price. Thanks for sharing it.
    Most (maybe all) EVS lathes have a step belt system also. At the highest speeds torque is reduced. For larger pieces you want more torque/power. The step belt system allows lower speeds with maximum use of the torque your motor can provide. My big Griz EVS has a two step belt system, as does it's Jet cousin. It is a minor hassle to make the switch but is not required often.
    I use reverse for some sanding.

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    I've also read good things about the new Delta mini (or midi, to be more accurate) lathes. Looks like it might be a good alternative to the venerable Jet mini and midi lathes. I've been seeing more and more reports of problems with the Jets (primarily the On-Off switches)

    Jon, Frank is also right about stepped pulleys on lathes aith EVS. My Powermatic also has the two stepped pulleys like Frank's Grizzly. In "low gear", my lathe does about 50 to 1200 RPM. In high range setting it's something like 125 RPM to 3200 RPM.
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    Did not know there were multiple ranges available by changing the belt on the pulleys. Makes sense. Interesting concept. Wasn't trying to jump you Frank, just couldn't make sense of the two concepts on the same machine. Just thought VS meant like my Craftsman were what you have is what you got! Thanks for the information. Looks like a great midi lathe and something to look into for the school shop (or mine and replace my Craftsman). How about it Vaughn, with your experience, would it be a good swap? (I have a guy interested in my Craftsman now).
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    I got to turn on the 46-460 and it is a smooth machine. The VS has more power than my Jet 1220. If this one had been out when I bought my Jet it would have been the Delta.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    ...How about it Vaughn, with your experience, would it be a good swap? (I have a guy interested in my Craftsman now).
    I haven't seen the Delta in person, and don't remember offhand which Craftsman lathe you have, but I suspect the Delta would be a nice step up, if for no other reason than the electronic variable speed. At least it looks pretty good on paper.
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    Jonathan like I said I got to turn on one of the 46-460. I turned a bowl and pen. I wish it had been out when I bought my 1220 because I definitely would have went with the Delta. It definitely has more power than mine. I think that would be nice step up from Craftsman.
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