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post #1 of 5 Old 06-29-2010, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Delta/Rockwell 46-111 a good starter lathe?

I found a craigslist ad for this and, humorously, it is on the way to the scroll saw I'm going to pick up tomorrow.

He's asking $150 and says he's selling it because he's upgrading, so it works fine.

For sale is a VERY well built Rockwell/Delta woodworking lathe on a sturdy steel stand. It was made in Pittsburgh & they don't build them like this any more. It can turn up to 12" diameter & over 3' bed. It comes with the wrenches for it, another center, a faceplate for turning bowls, & 3 rests. It is variable speed. Absolutely nothing wrong with it just bought a larger lathe to turn bedposts & don't really have room for it.
I had resisted going to a lathe just because wood turning seems like a whole 'nother kind of obsession, and I really have too many of those already. But one thing I would like to make one day is a little rocking chair for my youngest, and also some small rocking chairs for my Mom's dolls she makes. So this lathe seems like a good fit for that.

Just checking for a quick yea/nay if this is a good deal, ASSUMING it is indeed fully functional.

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I took a look at the internet on it.Last made about 30 years ago,Made of good steel,1x8" M2, small chuck,made for mostly spindlework not bowls.Just other peoples viewpoints but I did notice someone looking for parts for it.Another asking if $100 was too much to pay for one.I'd take a look on the internet and take all the reviews under consideration before you commit.Itchy

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Ya, it's definitely an old one...I didn't know if lathe's fell into that category of "they made them better back then" that seems to happen so often with woodworking tools.

I also searched for any posts about this lathe, and the posts I could find seem to indicate that, at least a couple years ago, $150 was a pretty good price for this. I'm kinda bummed there's no tools with it, but I don't know how much the faceplate, wrenches, rests and metal stand all help things along.

I really have no burning desire to make's really more towards the chair spindles than anything else. As with everything else, if I find I get this and my desires outpace what the machine can do, then it's upgrade time! But I'm just hoping this will be a good starter lathe.
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I have this lathe, via inherited from my father-in-law. It's a solid lathe, but a drawback is that has only 4 speeds by changing the belt on the pulleys. The slowest speed is about 900rpm which is too scary dangerous fast for turning a large out of balance blank. You'll only get about a 10.5 inch diameter blank to mount on it. I had one that was about 8 inches across and 5 inches deep that was making it dance an shake so I stopped and tryed a different piece of wood. Other than that I like my mistress Delta.

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I ended up deciding to pass on the listing. I've got a jointer and planer need first in line, and a lathe is somewhere after that. My google searches showed that even 2 years ago, $150 was about the going price for this it seemed to me that this was about a *normal* deal for a lathe, and not an exceptionally GREAT deal. So no real reason to jump on it.
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