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Posted on DELTA WINs -- RIKON Mini Lathe Model 70-100 or the DELTA 46-460 ????

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#1 posted 12-12-2012 03:49 PM

Lots of good info on this thread. I can only add a couple of snippets.

If you do not want to turn bowls or platters, you can probably skip the tap for a while.

Skip the HF turning tools, go for the bigger Benjamin set instead.

You will need to sharpen, but the Work Sharp might be overkill. (Unless you want it for other stuff-). As mentioned, a belt sander works (keep it clean!). Or look for a cheap bench grinder on CL. Lathe tools do not ‘burn’ as easy as knife blades, due to steeper angles and beefier profiles. And HSS is, I think, not as sensitive to temperatures either.

On the stand- build your own. I ended up doing so much to my Ironbed stand, I might as well have just built one. And think a lot about how high you want it, I really like having my lathe 6 inches higher than originally intended.

I’d skip the collets until you have a need. But keep a few bucks aside for extra/ better spur drive and live center.

Then, get ready to start making handles for your files! Great practice.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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