View Full Version : Talk me down from the ledge

Scott Lux
02-12-2011, 8:40 AM
I find myself obsessing, I mean thinking about buying the delta 46-460. I didn't expect to have the cash, but thanks to a refinance I have no house payment this month.

My current lathe is adequate for everything I do except power. It's got the 1/2 hp variable speed motor kit from PSI on it. Works great, but when I try to do a bowl bigger than 4", it takes a lot of time. A 9" ash bowl took 11 hours. 9 of that taking light cuts because that's all it can handle.

Does the delta actually have enough power to spin a 10" x 5" chunk of black walnut? How about Osage or Locust? Do I dare dream of a hollow form?

I know the Delta is a spectacular machine. My only reservation is the power. Is it really that much more than I have now?

And no, I will not consider a full-size lathe. I definitely do not have the budget for that, and I'm not running 220 to the garage.

Roger Chandler
02-12-2011, 8:45 AM
That Delta midi will do all you stated and more! I do not think I talked you down, I think I gave you a little push..............:eek::D

Rick Hutcheson
02-12-2011, 8:46 AM
I have used it for 12" x 9" rough blanks. Then used the Macnaughten coring system to core bowls with. So to me, yes, it has the power and heft to do bigger stuff.

Alan Trout
02-12-2011, 8:46 AM
Yes, The delta with turn a 12" bowl without trouble.


Brian Libby
02-12-2011, 9:02 AM
JUMP-you will not regret it !!

John Keeton
02-12-2011, 9:18 AM
Scott, I love my Delta 46-460!!

This is a cherry bowl I turned - 11.25" finished width.
http://www.sawmillcreek.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=160836&d=1284080044&thumb=1 (http://www.sawmillcreek.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=160836&d=1284080044)

And, this is a burl bowl I did with a finished width of 12".
http://www.sawmillcreek.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=176856&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1294429218 (http://www.sawmillcreek.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=176856&d=1294429218)

The Delta will do whatever you ask of it!!

Steve Schlumpf
02-12-2011, 9:24 AM
Scott - looking forward to seeing the photos of your new lathe!

Todd Bin
02-12-2011, 9:47 AM
The best way to get down from a ledge it to...JUMP!

Have fun with the new lathe.

Rick Boyett
02-12-2011, 9:47 AM



Paul Douglass
02-12-2011, 9:52 AM
The responsible thing would be to put the extra money toward the principle on your house or save it for emergencies, or buy something really needed..... You will enjoy your new lathe. I love mine.

Steve Vaughan
02-12-2011, 11:16 AM
Paul is right. The responsible thing would be to put that money toward the principle on the house. But then, why would you want to be that responsible? You always got a house payment, you ain't always got the shot at upgrading the lathe...might as well jump!

Bernie Weishapl
02-12-2011, 11:46 AM
I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Can't wait to see pic's.

Don Alexander
02-12-2011, 11:46 AM
can't talk you down from that particular ledge :eek:

Woodcraft has that on sale this month ..................... for 15% off

i bit the bullet and bought one myself :D:D

Rick Cicciarelli
02-12-2011, 11:48 AM
You guys are horrible. Every time I look at this forum someone else is talking about that Delta lathe. Especially this month with the great Woodcraft sale. I think I'll be ordering mine with the bed extension next week. :)

Tim Thiebaut
02-12-2011, 11:50 AM
I dont have one, but if its something you really want...then I say JUMP...

Baxter Smith
02-12-2011, 7:10 PM
You're kidding, right? You asked that question here?:)

James Combs
02-12-2011, 7:26 PM
You're kidding, right? You asked that question here?:)

Ditto what Baxter said. duh:rolleyes:

Steve Mawson
02-12-2011, 7:35 PM
Waiting for you to post that you did order it. :cool::D

Don't look back, if you were closer you could use mine for a week.

Scott Lux
02-12-2011, 8:44 PM
I'm extremely likely to stop at Woodcraft after church tomorrow. That 15% off is killing me.

Jeff Fagen
02-12-2011, 10:18 PM
Well now you guys have me wanting to sell my Ricon and buy a Delta.....now there is that tempting tax return coming in two weeks.....now snap out of it Jeff!!!

Jim Burr
02-12-2011, 10:33 PM
have a nice TRIP...see ya in the FALL :D;):p

Scott Lux
02-13-2011, 3:36 PM
Ok, I did it. I'll post pics later, after I unload it and set it up.

Roger Chandler
02-13-2011, 4:42 PM
Ok, I did it. I'll post pics later, after I unload it and set it up.


:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D !!!

Rich Aldrich
02-13-2011, 8:20 PM
Scott - you can probably earn that payment back if you buy this lathe:D;).