|Item Weight||97 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||36 x 11 x 17.8 inches|
|Item model number||46-460|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||5 Year Warranty|
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Delta Industrial 46-460 12-1/2-Inch Variable-Speed Midi Lathe
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- Powerful 1 hp max, 1,725 rpm motor
- Large 12-1/2-inch swing capacity provides the largest capacity in its class
- Electronic variable Speed with three-pulley speed ranges provide the required speeds needed to turn a project without changing belt position
- Forward and Reversing function allows the turner to achieve a superior finish. Sanding a turned piece with the grain causes the wood fibers to lay down and remain rough.
- Patented belt tensioning system for easy and quick speed changes and sets the belt at the correct tension every time for maximum power transfer and longer tool life
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Featuring a ball-bearing live center, heavy-duty steel knockout bar, and onboard storage for easy access to adjustment tools, the Delta 46-460 industrial 12-1/2-inch variable-speed midi lathe handles even heavy-duty jobs with ease. Ideal for professional woodworkers, this machine gives you fast, smooth results and offers variable speed for consistency and control.
| With a 12-1/2-inch swing, the 46-460 has the largest capacity in its class. |
The extension bed increases the overall bed length to 42 inches. View larger.
Powered by a 1-horsepower max, 1,725-rpm motor, the Delta 46-460 industrial 12-1/2-inch variable-speed midi lathe provides a 12-1/2-inch swing capacity--the largest in its class. Variable speed with three pulley-speed ranges makes it easy to select the required speeds needed to turn a project without changing belt position.
Forward and Reverse Provides a Superior Finish
For accuracy and precision, forward and reverse functions allow the turner to achieve a superior finish. As woodworkers know, sanding a turned piece with the grain causes the wood fibers to lie down and remain rough while sanding a turned piece against the grain will shave the wood fibers smooth. Rotating the turned piece in both directions is the way to achieve a truly smooth finish, yet it often involves remounting the work piece backwards--a time-consuming and often impossible task. With the 46-460, this process is simplified. With a quick flip of the switch, it's done.
Patented Belt-Tensioning System for Fast Speed Changes and Longer Tool Life
A patented belt-tensioning system makes for quick speed changes, and sets the belt at the correct tension every time for maximum power transfer and longer tool life. And large objects are no problem with the six-groove belt that provides superior power for effortless turning.
Cast-Iron Construction for Durability and Strength
Durable and stable with all cast-iron construction, the 46-460 also includes a three-inch face plate, and 6-inch and 10-inch tool rests for tool support in a variety of turning applications.
The Delta 46-460 industrial 12-1/2-inch variable-speed midi lathe is backed by a five-year warranty.
What's in the Box
12-1/2-inch variable-speed midi lathe, 6-inch and 10-inch tool rests, chrome 3-inch face plate, tool rest base, knockout bar, live center, wrenches, and manual.
Variable speeds let you perform a variety tasks without changing the belt position.
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My lathe was purchased in April, 2012 and made 53 ½ bowls from 4 to 11.5 inches diameter and probably twice that many spindle type things – tool handles, vases, spoons, ladles, beads, etc. These projects included many types of wood from pine to Brazilian walnut with some funky things like root balls and spalted logs. Many hundreds of hours were spent making sawdust and I was pleased with the performance of the machine.
After a couple of years, the low end of the speed control intermittently failed to perform. The motor would pulse from low speed to full RPM’s. This, of course, is a safety problem for large diameter and/or eccentric pieces. The owner’s manual directed to contact Porter Cable. They directed me to deltamachinery.com. The Delta web site indicated that the speed control was out of stock. I sent an inquiry to the Delta Service Department and in spite of their warning, more low expectations, that it may take a couple of weeks for a response, they replied in 1.5 hours. The local repair shop contacted Delta Machinery and they informed him that T1 speed control was no longer available but that they would replace it with a T2. I checked in a couple of weeks and the shop owner proudly showed me that the brain transplant was complete but he held my lathe hostage until Delta paid him for his work. After 39 days the shop called to let me know that I could come and get my lathe. The owner whined a bit about how underpaid he was for the warranty work but seemed satisfied when I handed him the 12-pack of Sam Adams that he said I would owe him when the repair was complete. Other than the beer the repair cost was covered by the 5-year warranty.
After the ownership shuffle, Delta seems to have gotten their act together and provide warranty service that meets my expectations and I am once again happily making sawdust.
Almost two years and hundreds of operating hours later, since the motor speed control was replaced, the lathe is doing a great job.
One problem, always had trouble with the double jam nuts on the tool rest base anchor bolt. The nuts would vibrate loose - yes I turn a bunch of imbalanced eccentric loads - and get lost in the shavings. After a couple of trips to the local hardware store, figured out that the threads were 10mm not 3/8in. The treads on the anchor bolt finally striped to the point of being non-functional. So I cut new threads with a slightly smaller 3/8in-16tpi die and now use a lock washer. This makes it a bit more difficult to slide the tool rest but the lock washer seems to provide a bit of cushion, counteracting vibration, which reduces the need to adjust the nut on the anchor bolt mechanism.
My lathe setup prior to the Delta was a 1983 ShopSmith Mark V. The SS worked fine for small projects like pens and tops, but since the lowest speed is about 700RPM, it does not work well for anything larger. It also does not have a movable tail stock and contains a lot of flex. So that is why I started looking for a new lathe and one that would go down below 500RPM.
My research shows that to get lower speed lathes requires a minimum of $1500 to get something like a larger Grizzly. A G0733 is nearly the one I purchased. Jet has a similar unit for a few hundred more. I'm glad I looked a bit more before purchasing. Both the cost and the size were more than I needed.
This Delta is smaller, but has plenty of power for my work. The headstock does not swivel (it is fixed) for outboard turning so the largest it takes is 12in and since it can get down to about 250RPM, I can comfortably start a larger blank without pucker factor. It is smallish so it needs to bolted down to a firm work bench. I built and bolted it to a custom bench and put a 5 gallon bucket of tire weights on it as ballast. It doesn't move. Which is good for my multi-axis turning where the wood purposely rotates off-center. See the picture for an example of the result.
Overall I could not be much happier with my choice and I saved a bundle on the cost and shipping. If I upgrade again in the future, it will be to get a larger swing or outboard turning if at all. Of course I have only been running this for about 2 weeks, so durability has not be tested. If initial quality is any indicator, then this should last for quite a while.
There are a few small gripes which made it lose a star:
- The FWD/RVS switch was wired backwards out of the box. This made it run backwards when in the FWD position. It was very easy to open the switch box and swap the leads going to the motor. Now it is correct.
- The tool rest banjo is 5/8in instead of the standard 1in. This means most aftermarket tool rests will not fit.
- A live center got stuck in the tail stock after pressing it into a very hard chunk of maple. I had to add persuasion to get it out. The ejector didn't have enough torque and I thought it would bust. It could be my fault. Probably not.
- No digital speed read out, however there is a speed chart that matches the numbers on the speed knob, so it is easy to hit a specific speed if you need it. Everyone I know does it by feel anyway.