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    Delta 46-700 Lathe

    Does anyone have one of these lathes? Would it be a decent starter lathe?
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    Rich the one I have seen had lots of problems with the reeves drive. A friend of mine had one, sold it after a year and bought a Jet 1642 1.5 hp. He had nothing but problems with it from about the first month. He fixed it more than he turned on it. Like I say that is the only one I have seen. I would look at the new Delta 46-460 VS. Nice lathe and solid.
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    or a oneway 1224. is supposed to be a good one rich.
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    Hello Rich,

    I have one of these. It works well for me. I use it mostly as a utility tool turning pieces for repair and replacement (handles, knobs, spindles, cups).

    I ended up with it after some equipment horsetrading. I took the legs off, mounted it on a piece of ply and clamp it on my bench as needed. It weighs about 100 pounds without the legs and it lives underneath my bench when not in use.

    I have never had any problems with it. It has MT2 tapers at both ends and a 1"x8 spindle, so very easy to get accessories and migrate them to a new lathe.

    If I hadn't gotten it as part of another deal I would take caution of its inherent shortcomings.
    1. lightweight stand
    2. not a low enough slow speed for large diameter pieces
    3. a little underpowered for heavy pieces

    If you can buy it in great condition for less than $200 and take care of it. I am sure you will get your money back if you decide to sell it and upgrade at a later time.

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers,
    Last edited by Dan Gonzales; 12-20-2009 at 09:10 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    or a oneway 1224. is supposed to be a good one rich.
    You do know the little Oneway 1224 is only about $2400, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    You do know the little Oneway 1224 is only about $2400, right?
    yup,,yu get what you pay for i hear on this place called FWW
    i do listen to those that know..
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    I had one of those jobbys. Went and got myself a 3 phase 1HP inverter duty motor, a 220 volt inverter. Now its like my Jet 1642, 0-3000rpm, forward/reverse capability. now a good little lathe.

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    Thanks for the input. I found one for about $400 with tools, but I haven't been able to find reviews of it. There was info about the weight and that had me concerned.

    Roger, I considered doing that conversion. An ABB inverter drive through our supplier is about $175 for up to a 2 hp motor and put on a three phase motor. Glad to hear from someone who has sucessfuly done this type of conversion. Did you keep the Reeves drive or did you put on a different set of sheaves and belt?

    If I found a Jet 1442 used, I would definitely do this conversion. I am still considering the Delta.
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    I don't think this is the machine to juice up. I forgot to mention in my previous post that the headstock is a pretty light casting concealed in plastic.

    It would be a good value for less than $200 just as is. But not really a great machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Aldrich View Post
    If I found a Jet 1442 used, I would definitely do this conversion. I am still considering the Delta.
    I have a Jet 1442... have wondered if it could be converted... don't know that I will but good to know it can be. Right now I think my Reeves is out of alignment... the 450 rpm bottom speed seems faster than the 500 rpm bottom speed on my Jet 1014. Also, I just bought new belts to change the original belt... it's getting pretty frayed and I expect it to part anytime, so as soon as it warms up a little, I'll change it out before it does break.
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