Delta - Midi-Lathe 46-250
Delta offers a comparable benchtop lathe as model No. LA200.
Many woodworking shops don’t have a lathe, most likely because of cost or space. But the arrival of a new category of small lathes has made cost and space less of an issue. Introduced in the late 1990s, these machines—often called midi-lathes—are generally bigger and beefier than the so-called minilathes, yet they’re smaller than full-size machines. Midis are affordable—selling for between $285 and $350—and take up very little space. For someone unsure whether wood turning is going to be worthwhile, a midi-lathe might be the best way to test the waters. Not only are the midis relatively inexpensive, they also have enough power to do some serious work. But how well do they work? To find out, I tested five midi-lathes for a semester in my wood turning class at the School of Art and Design at Purchase College in New York.
The Delta weighs less than the average lathe in this group, making it easier to lift and move. It has an on/off switch that is conveniently located above the headstock. The tailstock handwheel turns comfortably. A bed extension is $50.