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Forum topic by bladedust posted 04-26-2019 01:18 AM 222 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bladedust

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04-26-2019 01:18 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe wood turning delta 46-715

I have an opportunity to buy a Delta 46-715 for $245, but see a lot of negative reviews about it, specifically the reeves drive. I never turned and just want to give it a try and I figured $245 was a decent price to start so my questions are:

1. is this a usable machine, or a major headache waiting to happen?

2. Is this a fair price for a long discontinued machine with no replacement parts availability?

3. What should I be looking for when inspecting prior to purchase

4. As a total novice to wood turning, are there any other questions I should be asking?

Any and all advise would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.


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#1 posted 04-26-2019 10:52 AM

I personally would try to swing for a new one. (of any brand).
a beginner or novice can be easily frustrated when old equipment
starts to fall apart and parts are not available.
I am on my 2nd HF Reeves drive lathe which is fine for what I do.
but ~ if I ever have the opportunity to get a new one, (which is highly unlikely)
it will be with electronic speed control.
take your time and keep comparing specs as you are doing.

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-- Failure is proof that you at least tried ~ now, go do it again, and again, until you get it right --

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#2 posted 04-26-2019 01:25 PM

I am also relatively new to wood turning. I have an old Oliver 167 lathe with a reeves drive. I am not familiar with the Delta you are talking about but if there were any old machine you could get parts for it would be Delta.

1) What is it’s minimum speed? If it is 600 rpm like mine you will have issues turning bowls, you need to get down to about 300 rpm for roughing a bowl (there are ways to modify a lathe to slow it down). However 600 rpm is fine for spindles.
2) I recommend joining a wood turning club, especially one that offers mentoring. Like any tool the lathe can be dangerous, so it is important to learn what not to do.
3) Get quality chisels, especially the gouges, and a way to sharpen them.
4) Don’t forget to bolt the lathe to the floor/ bench, this is important.

Wood turning is a lot of fun, it is artistic and I find it relaxing; other than trying to rough out a bowl at 600 rpm’s, that was not relaxing.

-- Daniel

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#3 posted 04-26-2019 01:32 PM



I personally would try to swing for a new one. (of any brand).
a beginner or novice can be easily frustrated when old equipment
starts to fall apart and parts are not available.
I am on my 2nd HF Reeves drive lathe which is fine for what I do.
but ~ if I ever have the opportunity to get a new one, (which is highly unlikely)
it will be with electronic speed control.
take your time and keep comparing specs as you are doing.

.

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- John Smith


i agree with mike as a newbie you dont want a machine with potential problems ruining something you may love doing.delta has a bad track record for parts for discontinued machines.also i looked at amazon and it only had a 41% 5 start and 33% 1 star rating so not real good.

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#4 posted 04-26-2019 03:24 PM

I’ve had that lathe for a long time- bought it new.

My Reeves drive pulleys are just about shot and as you noted, are no longer available. I have found other parts along the way. Other than the drive, I really liked the lathe.

My next lathe will have electronic speed control.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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bladedust

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#5 posted 04-26-2019 08:06 PM

Thank you for the advise guys. Based on your responses, i think I’ll pass on this one. It’s a shame because it’s a good price, but not worth the potential aggravation it will cause me.

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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#6 posted 04-26-2019 11:45 PM

If you dont have big plans in mind yet, just want to have a lathe to play with, I would recommend the HF 34706. Yes reeves drive but mine worked fine for 6 yrs. can be had for <$300 with a coupon. My review of it here. Its a good way to get started and, if you end up really liking turning it helps you figure out what you want in a lathe vs somebody else’s opinion of what they think you want/need.

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