Delta 46-715 14" Ironbed Wood Lathe--with Free 6-Piece Tool Set a $149.99 ValueDelta
Shipping weight: 338.0 pounds
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This Delta lathe is the right choice for beginners and experienced woodworkers.
From the Manufacturer
The included stand has a wide footprint designed for maximum stability. If a change in spindles is necessary the standard 1-8 right-hand thread allows the use of any standard threaded spindles. Two year limited warranty on machines, parts and accessories. Includes lathe, drive center, ball-bearing live center, knockout tool bar, tool rest base, 3-inch faceplate, stand, wrenches, and instruction manual.
Best $/# you will spend, April 22, 2002
Reviewer: Ronald J Johnston from Shillington, PA United States
I have used a multi-purpose tool for a lathe for years. As I started shopping for a real lathe, all of them in my price range were too light. I was told Delta was coming out with a new mid-range type lathe. I am glad I waited. I received mine last week and quickly put it together. I was impressed with the heavy plywood box( I used the top piece to make a support for cinder blocks at the cross supports on the legs). I have turned several pieces and am very pleased. It takes a little while to get used to keeping one handle on the tool rest from interfering with another but thats no biggy. The speed control works very well and I like the spindle lock device. The reason that I rated this lathe five stars is that I know that you can buy a better lathe, but for this price a lot of people will be able to enjoy the beauty of turning without morgaging their house!
Get the best tools you can afford., April 20, 2002
Reviewer: A home improvement enthusiast from Westminster, Colorado United States
After a couple of weeks of shopping, I planned to purchase the Jet. I logged on to get it and saw the Delta as a "new" listing .... I made a couple of calls to the Tool Crib to get more details and decided to spend the extra money on the Delta. I sure am glad I did. This machine is much heavier than the Jet, and the variable speed adjustment is nice. It can turn larger diameter and longer length projects. Overall, I believe it is a better machine and the few extra dollars are soon forgotten. The down side is you can't wire the motor 230 volt just 115volt, and the DELTA logo on the front may cost more than a stick on decal, but the way they attach it makes it looks cheap.
I try to do my homework before I buy, and I must admit I usually end up with a Jet. In my opinion, Jet tends to offer a lot of features for the money. Sure, you can get better tools if you need the top of the line, but Jet's medium priced tools are hard to beat. It was really nice to see Delta get in the game and be competative.
I haven't purchased a Delta tool since my table saw several years ago. Good job Delta! The lathe set up quickly and is stable for a medium/large lathe. I placed mine on a HTC mobile base that didn't help stability but was necessary for my shop. Remember, you have to get the extension kit for the HTC base. The motor seems to have enough power, but I have yet to challenge it with a real large bowl. I like the fact that the head stock doesn't sit down in a depression, which allows the head and tail stock to be moved to the center to work on smaller projects. Delta just needs to throw in some touch up paint. Not that I have ever used a drop of the paint Jet sends with their tools, but it is a nice touch.