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  • Older Craftsman lathe vs. a new Delta 46-460

    Ran across this older Craftsman lathe for cheap so I went ahead and picked it up figuring I can just sell it if it's not worth fixing. I've got a Delta 46-460 with extension on the way but happened to find this one while I was waiting for it to get here. The Craftsman can turn 15" regular and 20" I guess on the reverse side, w/ a 38" spindle length while the Delta only turns 12 1/2 " w/ a 42" spindle. Both have a dial for continuous speed adjustment, CM 400-2000 and Delta 250-4000, with the Delta having reverse.

    Questions is...is the CM worth the extra 2 1/2" turning diameter while giving up reverse, but saving about $500 after refurbishing?

    What needs replacing on the CM is the tail stock mount as it's very dulled and probably the motor bearings. Hopefully I can post this vid. Is that a bad bearing I'm hearing?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbArvyMIUpc
    If the end of the world ever comes move to Kentucky, because everything there happens twenty years later. ~ Mark Twain
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    Re: Older Craftsman lathe vs. a new Delta 46-460

    I never heard anything good about that lathe, but no personal experience, maybe you should read this writeup on that forum, gives you some idea of people who had/have that lathe.

    https://www.lumberjocks.com/topics/12686

    Have fun and take care
    Leo Van Der Loo

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      Re: Older Craftsman lathe vs. a new Delta 46-460

      Here is another one to read.

      https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/thre...1-21717.10895/

      Have fun and take care
      Leo Van Der Loo

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        Re: Older Craftsman lathe vs. a new Delta 46-460

        Thank you Leo. I'm just gonna have to learn to not be so jumpy and consult here before I buy anymore. It was cheap so that should've been a hint. A little to anxious to set up my little shop maybe. Oh well, I'll get my act together soon here.
        If the end of the world ever comes move to Kentucky, because everything there happens twenty years later. ~ Mark Twain

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