I have a jet mini and was looking for a full size lathe, and had my sights set on a Jet, it sells at local store for 579.00, they are having a tool sale there this weekend, and I stopped by, and they have the New Delta Iron Bed, 46-715, sells for 569.00, it has a longer bed, and surely seems more sturdy, heavey steel bed and legs to add weight to hold it steady, the other features are about the same as the Jet...both of these will be on sale, any comments on the Delta?...I have searched the web and there isn't a lot of info out on and even checked the Delta site...thanks for any info..Dennis
I haven't seen the new smaller Delta yet either. But I do own the last version of lathe Delta had in that price area. It works pretty well for the price. I wouldn't say it is a full step up, maybe a half a step. If you find out you really are liking your midi, I would say to look at a higher proced lathe, maybe the Nova 3000 or the larger Delta. That would be a good upgrade from where you are. Other options would be to go for the final lathe you will ever need, but it will be about $4-5,000. I am waiting and saving up to get there. Until then I use my Delta and borrow time on friends Poolewoods and Oneways.
I think that's one of the ones I saw down at my local tool store. I was inpressed with it, as I recall.
Isn't it a bit limited in swing room? I forget, but I think I thought it to be more geared to a heafty spindalizer sort of lathe.
Either way it was a beefy SOB.
Personally, I was not real impressed with the newest Delta lathe. Oh it's sexy and all that. But there were some points I felt were cheezy about it. That one was 1700.00. A pretty far cry from the iron bed in price.
Nevermind Bill, he's delusional. He post's these pictures of these monster lathes and has pushed all else outside in the rain to make lathe room in his shop.
I'm afeared if you stuck a shaving in one ear, it would come out the other.
Not that I'm much better. But at least my other tools aren't sitting outside the shop.
It's a deep vortex this turning stuff. Deep indeed. Trees quake when I look at them in fear. They know that my eyes are xraying them for turning stock.
Limey's lost in his shop and Dick has plumb disappeared today.
I think I'll make me another tooth pick from a 4 x 4 when I git home. :)
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