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Old 07-03-2018, 09:29 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Thank you all for the advice. The Delta is really big and takes up too much room in the shop to only serve as a buffer, and we are not mechanically adept enough to rebuild the Reeves. One of the very experienced turners from the local club has volunteered to come down to our shop and check things out, so we will see what he says and go from there. Meanwhile, we will keep looking on eBay and maybe we will get lucky. Thank you all!
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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
The link above, although old, suggests exactly what I suspected, that the Grizzly parts should fit. Keep that in mind when your friend comes over. I fully understand people who are not mechanically minded (as most in my family are) but to those who are - it is not a big deal, and sometimes fun to see something running again. Print out the quotes from the link above that deal with the Grizzly parts - and the PDF parts list from the Grizzly. Let your friend check out the prices before you make a decision.

I have that model in a Grizzly and really enjoy the ease of change in RPM vs changing belts. And the motor is more powerful than the normal pen lathes, which shows when turning larger items. Also, while I don't have the specs, I think the Delta will turn larger diameter items than a pen lathe will. My Grizzly will turn 14" diameter with little problem while 10 to 11 is the max on pen lathes.
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Thank you, Hank, I will do that. Yes, one of the thoughts behind getting the larger lathe was to allow me to turn larger items, as I am planning to turn cake stands that will be about 12” diameter.

The guys in the club have been fantastic to share knowledge and I bet they will enjoy the lathe rehab undertaking, if such a thing is possible. ��
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Why not look for a suitable motor and fit a variable speed control electrically.

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