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post #1 of 5 Old 03-28-2009, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Delta V Craftsman

Delta Mod. 46-700 Variable speed OR
Craftsman Professional

Whitch one would you buy?

I have heard some people say Craftsman sucks
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-28-2009, 11:28 PM
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I had a 46-700. Probably the older model because it's been about 12 years or more. It was a decent lathe but not a great lathe. I had trouble with the adjustable pulleys creating vibration. Still it was a good lathe for the money.
I have turned on a couple of the Craftsman and personally think they are junk. they are noisy, don't work very smooth and based on what I hear on the web and my own experience with the club lathe, they fall apart frequently. Sears is good about replacing the parts but do you really want to wait 3 or 4 weeks for parts everytime something falls off.
Personally I think the new jet 12/20 with a bed extension is a better lathe. It doesn't have as much swing but most people don't use that much. It runs so much smoother it makes you a better turner. Jet has been very good about helping with any problems.
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The reason I was asking is I have one of each but don't have the room ti keep both I might just sell both and get a good one.
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If you don't need the capacity, you will be happier with a good mini or midi lathe. If you need the length, you can get a bed extension.
Do a Google search, you will get hits from discussions from various forums.
Some of the Sears are private label Palmgren lathes.
The paying search results are listed on the top in search engine. But if you search "Palmgren lathe problem", you can bypass the paid listings and go directly to the discussions about them.
When Amazon first carried the Palmgren lathe, the price was very attractive. Several people from a forum bought this lathe. They had a lot of problems, the initial service was very good. Replacement parts were sent promptly. Some had the head stock replaced 3 times. After some time, the service department was not responding and I saw the head of the service department's phone number was posted. I don't think it was a good sign.
Both lathes have Reeves Drives. They are high maintenance and don't run as smooth. It is an old technology and currently can only be found in lower end new models. Their existence is mainly for cost saving; I don't believe they use the best material to build them.
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Delta 46-700

As for me I'd take the Delta.I've had one for several years and no trouble, except for one broken mount (My Fault) that Delta replaced for 5 or 6 bucks. I just got a Nova DVR for my 30th anniversary (work not marriage) and hate to see my old Delta go, but there's only room for one. My Sears experiences haven't been extensive, but I think they have a #1 morris taper so you might not be able to use some accesories. Good luck!
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