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Forum topic by Holbs posted 10-20-2019 08:48 PM 361 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Holbs

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10-20-2019 08:48 PM

Having never dabbled with lathe work yet (I have a Rockwell/Delta 5 speed wood lathe that has been collecting dust mostly), this lathe looks interesting as it has the variable speed Reeves drive. I’m sure, built like a tank with all cast iron. However, parts would be hard to come by. I can not tell what parts are required, to be asked for that are not in the picture. One day soon, I will be jumping into the lathe world. Could spend upwards around the $1k mark for a new machine. Should I go for this or hold off on new machinery?

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"


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#1 posted 10-20-2019 08:52 PM

If it were me, I would lean it up a bit and give it a try. Shopsmith has a Reeves drive and works fine.

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#2 posted 10-20-2019 08:53 PM

If it were me, I would lean it up a bit and give it a try. Shopsmith has a Reeves drive and works fine.

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#3 posted 10-21-2019 12:45 AM

Not a bad deal IMO. It doesn’t show a drive spur anywhere, BUT – that isn’t a faceplate—- it’s a chuck with flat (bowl) jaws mounted, so that is a huge plus! I’d check to see if the extra (original) jaws are available, along with what/if any turning tools and centers are included.

Note: This is the same lathe that was posted a couple months ago: https://reno.craigslist.org/tls/d/dayton-delta-lathe-and-duplicator/6967087418.html

Claims to come with a duplicator, tools, blanks, etc… and was asking $300. Maybe they sold the duplicator? Only one way to find out :)

Cheers,
Brad

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#4 posted 10-21-2019 01:50 AM

Why not just use the machine you have until you figure out if you need something else. All a lathe needs to do is make things go round and round. The tools do everything else.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 10-21-2019 01:53 AM

yea…probably right John. It might a an ok deal. Is a want more than a need. And I need to cater to my needs :)

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#6 posted 10-21-2019 10:03 AM

A good price for what should be a solid machine. If you can run it and check alignment of head to tail, I would grab it. I have a powermatic 90 with reeves drive, no problems.

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#7 posted 10-22-2019 06:42 AM

Killer deal

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#8 posted 10-22-2019 09:13 PM

That lathe is not that old. I would buy it without hesitation, especially for <$300 (less duplicator).

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#9 posted 10-22-2019 09:32 PM

I not too long ago replaced a 20 +- year old delta 1442 with reeves drive problems. I rehabbed a 1968 46 525 , basically the same as the one you are looking at. I am very happy with it.

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