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Hey guys my father and law told me that he had an old lathe that worked like new but he just never uses it so I could have it. Honestly I was expecting the rusty benchtop kinda thing his jointer looked like. Then he sends me this pic



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Can anyone help me I.D. It? All I can get outta him is "it's a Delta" which I coulda figured out on my own funny enough. I definitely want it regardless but I thought u guys might could me get an idea of its capacities and what not.
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I think Manuka Jock answered your question. The thread he linked also contains a link to Old Vintage Machinery.

Looks like a nice lathe. Likely a Reeves drive to change speed. Try to get the manual. If this is a Reeves drive, then speed is changed while operating.

Likely more of a spindle lathe than a bowl lathe. What is the minimum speed?

If you have other questions, I would recommend a post in the Woodturning forum. Wood lathes are the one machine where there is likely more expertise in the other forum.

There are a lot of useful threads in the Woodturning forum to get you started.

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f6/woodturning-basics-44996/

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f6/newbie-here-tons-questions-45977/

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f6/turning-newbie-42959/

First thing is to get a good face shield. I would not go cheap on the face shield. I purchased this one, it does not say in the web site, but it is Z87.1+ rating, which is highly recommended.

http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=56669&cat=1,42207
 

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Thanks for the quick replies guys! Great info! Any idea what the distance between centers will be? I'm guessing like 46" because of the 46 in the model #.

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Thanks for the quick replies guys! Great info! Any idea what the distance between centers will be? I'm guessing like 46" because of the 46 in the model #.

Andrew
Slide the tailstock to the end of the bed , put a spur drive in each end , and measure the distance between them .
The manual in the link above may have the exact distance.
But yeah , 46'' looks about right , and maybe with a modern scroll chuck on it , 43''
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Thanks for the quick replies guys! Great info! Any idea what the distance between centers will be? I'm guessing like 46" because of the 46 in the model #.

Andrew
Not a good guess. For a long time Delta machines started with 46-***x

I expect the distance between centres will be at least 36in maybe 40in. Have your father do the measuring.

Whatever you measure is the maximum between end of the headstock and front of the tailstock.

The distance will be reduced when you add in the equipment needed to mount a piece of wood - spur drive in the headstock and live centre in the tailstock.
 

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Go get it quick before he changes his mind. That is a beautiful machine. They were the lathe of choice for high school and vocational shops because of their dependability and rugged construction.
 

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Dave Paine said:
Not a good guess. For a long time Delta machines started with 46-***x

I expect the distance between centres will be at least 36in maybe 40in. Have your father do the measuring.

Whatever you measure is the maximum between end of the headstock and front of the tailstock.

The distance will be reduced when you add in the equipment needed to mount a piece of wood - spur drive in the headstock and live centre in the tailstock.
Hmmm great info man, ill get some measurements when I can. This lathe is in New Mexico and I'm in Arkansas so I want get it until August but yeah I'm excited.
 

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This lathe is in New Mexico and I'm in Arkansas so I want get it until August but yeah I'm excited.
I would not be so patient, I would be itching to get on the road. ;)

In the meantime read up on the getting started threads and start looking for some turning tools, chucks, etc. so that you can begin using the lathe as soon as you get it home.

The lathe is the first tool which I purchased and could not use it without having to spend money on some "accessories". FYI, the budget for the desired "accessories" seems to grow with time.
 

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Hi, Joe at Plaza Machinery is the best. If he doesn't have an answer or part there probably isn't one. He can only be contacted via email, so go the the site and all the info is there. Plazamachinery.com. If some choices come up it is on Pevine Rd in Bethel, Vermont.
 

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Hmmm great info man, ill get some measurements when I can. This lathe is in New Mexico and I'm in Arkansas so I want get it until August but yeah I'm excited.
If you follow the link I gave you above , you will come across a link to the manual for a lathe very much like that one you are considering.

The 4th page of the PDF has a footprint plan with the tiedown measurements of the lathe stand . From that you will be able to guesstimate the distance between centers.
http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/1141/1489.pdf

And on this page you will see in the 'comment' that that one has 40 inches between centers
http://vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=3661
 

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Manuka Jock said:
If you follow the link I gave you above , you will come across a link to the manual for a lathe very much like that one you are considering.

The 4th page of the PDF has a footprint plan with the tiedown measurements of the lathe stand . From that you will be able to guesstimate the distance between centers.
http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/1141/1489.pdf

And on this page you will see in the 'comment' that that one has 40 inches between centers
http://vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=3661
Thanks, appreciate the info
 
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