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Old 07-03-2018, 10:29 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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Old 07-04-2018, 08:16 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by MrPukaShell View Post
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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Old 07-04-2018, 08:29 AM   #13 (permalink)
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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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Old 07-04-2018, 08:34 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Why not look for a suitable motor and fit a variable speed control electrically.

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Old 07-19-2018, 10:54 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I still see people asking a lot for these on craigslist. Just saw one they want 1200.00. asking and getting are always 2 different things. that said maybe a trip to the local hardware store with a picture of the head is in order if you still fortunate enough to have a local mom and pop place left. Sometimes those old timers have good ideas on how to rig something so it works
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:02 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Update: we have found someone locally who has a reputation for being “able to fix anything.” He is going to see what he can do before we abandon all hope. Thank you everyone for the valuable input! ����
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:10 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Change out the motor for a treadmill dc motor. That will give you variable speed and reverse. Treadmills are always on Craigslist and offerup for free and there are YouTube video showing how to convert it.
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Old 07-20-2018, 07:14 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I would also look to Rick's custom tools. He is a member here with a great bit of knowledge and his reputation is beyond compare. Find him in the vendor's forum.

Good luck.
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