Delta 46-250 opinions? - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 Old 01-06-2017, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
Pirate's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: SW Florida
Posts: 1,875
View Pirate's Photo Album My Photos
Delta 46-250 opinions?

I have a chance to buy a Delta 46-250 midi lathe, to get into some turning. I currently use my Shop Smith 10-ER for the rare turning I do now.
One reason for the smaller lathe is to put it in our Lanai that has air conditioning, in the summer.

Anyone with experience on the Delta? (and ER-10 hopefully)
Advantages of the Delta over the 10-ER? (Other than size, which is helpful)
Neither is a heavy lathe. I would build a table for the Delta and weigh it down.

Any help deciding would help. I can get the Delta for $130, with basic centers and faceplate.

Thanks for any help.
Pirate is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 01-06-2017, 12:02 PM
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Elgin, Illinois
Posts: 47
View MrFrost's Photo Album My Photos
I don't have any input on that model, but I have the 46-460 and love it. $130 seems like a very decent price for a working lathe.
MrFrost is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 01-06-2017, 03:22 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Newnan, GA
Posts: 267
View joek30296's Photo Album My Photos
I have that lathe and have had no problems with it. That's an excellent price if it's in good shape. I bought mine off craigslist 4 years ago and paid $225 but it had a bunch of extras with it; pen kits, pen press, bed extension, set of Record turning tools and some other stuff.
Only problem I've had with it was needing to replace headstock bearings and that was very easy to do and not very expensive. Also had to replace the drive belt awhile back.

If you plan to turn pens or small bowls it will do fine as it's only a 10"-1/2hp machine.

"If I agreed with you, then we'd both be wrong!"
joek30296 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Delta 14" Bandsaw Sliding bracket jg2259 Power Tools & Machinery 1 12-05-2016 08:40 AM
Delta 36-725 Build Review - from a newbie jwyant Power Tools & Machinery 3 05-14-2016 08:18 AM
New Here, Hi Everyone. Question for everyone, opinions appreciated Lyric Power Tools & Machinery 17 04-18-2016 11:30 PM
3hp 220v Unisaw with Delta fence for $500 TimeTurnsElastic Power Tools & Machinery 8 03-27-2016 06:30 PM
opinions on a Delta 40-560 2 Speed 16" Scroll Saw sweet willy General Woodworking Discussion 2 03-16-2016 12:19 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome