My Brand New [Fifty Some Year Old] Rockwell Delta 46-450 Lathe
What a nice couple days. Though I live in the toolies and, generally, find any good craigslist deals far distant, I looked at the list the other day and saw a Rockwell Delta 46-450 wood lathe for one hundred bucks and only a couple miles away.
Though I havenít found a listing of how much yet, the beast weighs a lot. Iím guessing around four hundred pounds, with the base. As such, general turning operations using out of round wood, at low speeds, shouldnít produce much vibration. Certainly not as much as my little Jet produces for things relative to its size.
Iíd just touched a lathe for the first time a couple months ago, when I bought a little Jet off craigslist [in town about an hour from me]. Now that all my files have nice handles [as well as those of some friends and a neighbor], itís safe to say the turning bug is alive and well in me. As such, when I saw the heavy iron beast, I had to look at it.
I didnít attempt a negotiation on the price. The parts were worth far more than that. Especially since itís the ďnew versionĒ and the [120/240 VAC] motor ran and everything was there.
I broke the thing down to its stand, bed and head stock, and base so I was able to load and offload the thing myself (it steered at least as easy as a crappy car with a hand truck on the other end].
It had a lot of superficial rust, but, broken down, itís proving easy to deal with.
I cleaned the shafts for the Reeve drive and thatís working fine. The speed control handle would turn, but wouldnít lock. Cleaned of rust, it works fine and actually locks easy (and now I know how to adjust it).
A drive center was locked in place on the head stock and the indexing pen was rubbing and wouldnít back off. A lot of penetrating oil and some taps with plastic hammers and soft drift punches and everything is free and moving again. A little light sanding, with oil, then a buff with McGuireís Mag polish and things are starting to shine, as well as work smooth.
The upper bearings seem to be doing okay, but Iím tempted to drop the forty for new ones, just because. The lower ones might be talking, so those are going to be a ďgotta do itĒ thing and might as well be done before I toss the bed and head back on.
Iíll probably go with a link belt, so I donít have to disassemble the head and half of the U.S. to get the old one off and a new one on. I believe itís going to take a 3/8, but the old one will tell.
I was elated to discover the tapers and threaded chucks for my little Jet can all be used on the 12Ē/36Ē Rockwell Delta.
The paint shows signs of age and neglect. Said to heck with it and am going to do like another guy did and go with a lighter color. Picked up a can of white primer and cream white oil. Itíll give the HVLP something to do.
Once itís up and going, Iíll see if Iím happy with the speeds. Somewhere, an on-line manual or other, itís indicated adjusting the Reeves drive cable will allow me to drop the speed lower than 340 RPM. Weíll see.
The reason I have what you want is, I never lent it out before.
Scraps are a myth.