Delta Midi Lathes

deltamidilathe460 The newest Delta midi lathe pack big features. Have a look, first, at the Midi Lathe 46-460, $599. Electronic variable speed on this machine allows you to dial in the rpms, from 250-4000. There’s no easier way to change speed on a lathe than electronic variable speed. It’s uncommon to see such a low rpm at the low end on machines in this category, and low rpm is great for getting bowls started. Since the speed control lends itself to bowl work, I’m glad to see a 1-hp motor on this lathe. Some small lathes, with smaller motors, can stall when you’re turning large diameter bowls.

In addition to the forward speeds the 46-460 has a reverse switch. No, it’s not for putting wood back on if you make a mistake, it’s for sanding. Being able to reverse the rotation of the spindle helps you achieve a nicer finish by working the wood fibers in both directions. It’s also useful for shaping the inside of bowls, especially hollow vessels.

deltamidilathe455The Midi Lathe 46-455, $499, is a five-speed machine. Speed changes are accomplished by moving the belt to different positions on the step pulleys. The speed range is 500, 950, 1550, 2,700, and 4,000-rpm. It’s powered by a 3/4-hp motor.

Both machines have a 12-1/2″ swing capacity and 16-1/2″ spindle capacity. They come with a 3″ faceplate, as well as 6″ and 10″ toolrests. A bed extension, $130, is available and adds 25-1/2″ to the spindle capacity.

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4 Responses to “Delta Midi Lathes”
  1. pcblc

    Posted August 28, 2009 // 6:07 PM I currently have two lathes in the shop, both small. A MINI for the pen work and an old crafstman with a 47 inch bed. It may be old, but it really works well. This lathe by Delta looks great, and have wonderful ability built in, not seen in other small lathes for sure. Will have to take a look at this one very soon. Thanks for the outstanding info. and write up.

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  2. pcblc

    Posted August 28, 2009 // 6:07 PM I currently have two lathes in the shop, both small. A MINI for the pen work and an old crafstman with a 47 inch bed. It may be old, but it really works well. This lathe by Delta looks great, and have wonderful ability built in, not seen in other small lathes for sure. Will have to take a look at this one very soon. Thanks for the outstanding info. and write up.

    Reply
  3. Barefoot Thomas

    Posted January 13, 2010 // 6:40 PM
    Has anyone used this lathe?? Some insight from end users would be great.

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  4. Barefoot Thomas

    Posted January 13, 2010 // 6:40 PM
    Has anyone used this lathe?? Some insight from end users would be great.

    Reply