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Forum topic by Marissa posted 01-24-2022 04:22 PM 485 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-24-2022 04:22 PM

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Hi All! New to LJ forums here. Question for y’all. Just found a Rockwell 46-11L lathe for sale and wondering if anyone here has experience with it or a similar one? Old model and $500 seems kind of steep to me but it does come with a bunch of stuff. It’s about an hour and a half away from me so I have only seen pics. Seller’s post says: “Rockwell Lathe Spins A 36” Spindle. Works and runs good. Includes: Turning tools, tools to spin bowls and calipers included.” Any thoughts?

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#1 posted 01-24-2022 05:00 PM

You can find more info on it here:
Under normal circumstances I’d say $500 is too much, but everything is high right now.
My 2 cents

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#2 posted 01-24-2022 05:21 PM

That lathe (46-11L/46-111) is a solid machine but $500 is way overpriced IMO, unless those are some high end turning tools being included. It’s an 11” swing lathe with a 4 step pulley for speed changes (990/1475/2200/3250 rpm). The speed range is good for spindle work, not that great for bowl work. Good news is that it does have MT2 tapers in both the head and tailstock, and the spindle is a pretty standard 1”x8tpi, so there are plenty of accessories available.

That said… I did have the previous model to that lathe (the 46-110), which was only a 10” swing but about the same speed range with the 4 step pulley (but only an MT1 taper). I did turn a bunch of bowls on it, but you have to be really careful at first and try to get the blank as close to round as possible before mounting. I really liked that lathe, and the speed changes were not really that big of a deal. For bowls, you pretty much just used the first two speeds. I only paid $50 for it though, and it came with a bunch of additional stuff.


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#3 posted 01-24-2022 07:07 PM

Looks like my Delta, I paid $175.00 for it.

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#4 posted 01-25-2022 10:02 PM

Thanks for all the info. Everything is ridiculously priced right now. I’m still considering it but still looking around too. If I do offer on it, I was thinking about max of $300. The tools don’t look to be anything high end plus I’m factoring in the drive.

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