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Old 07-02-2018, 10:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Delta 14” lathe “gift horse”

My husband and I both like to work on our lathe, and we like to work in the shop together....which means we need another lathe. One of his customers at work had one he wanted to give to us, so we picked it up today. It’s an old Delta 1440 model #46-715 and it came right on and turned smoothly. BUT there is no lever to adjust the speed, and it doesn’t seem to be available to purchase. Does anyone know where we can get parts? We also need a knockout bar, tool rest, new centers, etc. While I know better than to look a gift horse in the mouth...some horses are more trouble than they’re worth.
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This is one of those lathes that when Delta was sold, the new owners were brain dead. They have slowly comeback with starting to supply parts, but this is one of the tools that was left behind. I doubt even if the parts had been available it would be worth fixing.

An option might be to change out the pulleys on the motor and the spindle shaft, and make it a "belt changer". I have no idea of cost or if it is even possible.
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With the handle missing, I would assume the Reeves drive was in need of servicing. My thought is that it would cost too much to be worth trying to fix up much. You said it ran? Perhaps this would be a buffing station if the speed is correct.
I would put my dollars into a different lathe.
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Keep the lathe for a while and look at Ebay a couple of times a week. I have found some old parts that way. Takes a little patience but sometimes it pays off.
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I have the Grizzly lathe G0462 that has the same "kind" of Reeves drive. Below is the link to it. I do not assume they have the same parts but I have found the same parts interchangeable on other items before.

http://cdn0.grizzly.com/partslists/g0462_pl.pdf

The Reeves drive looks very close to the same. It is not available on the ereplacement site, but Grizzly's Reeves drive is. If somehow you could compare the measurements, it is possible that the Grizzly parts "might" work.
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You've received a "white elephant", not a "gift horse". I used to own one of those lathes, and after years of trying to locate replacement parts (unsuccessfully), I gave up and junked it.
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Instead of junking it take apart, clean up the parts and sell them on Ebay. Even if you only sell a few pieces it will generate some cash for your next machine.
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Keep checking on ebay. It may take some time, but what do you have to loose.
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Take a look at this thread, it's old but give some hope. Good Luck
Alternate Sources for Delta 46-715 Lathe Parts | Fine Woodworking Knots
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