Midi-Lathe 46-250 - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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Midi-Lathe 46-250

Delta - Midi-Lathe 46-250

Delta offers a comparable benchtop lathe as model No. LA200.

$300 (As of 10/25/2005)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: Midi-lathes

by Andy Barnum

review date: October 25, 2005

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.


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Editor Test Results:

Stability of Base N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Delta
Manufacturer's Web Site www.deltaportercable.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-223-7278
Taper Size Headstock Spindle: 1 in. by 8-tpi threads, #2 Morse taper; Tailstock Spindle: #2 Morse taper, 1-1/2 in. travel
Distance Between Centers 14-1/2 in. (37 in. with extension)
Maximum Swing 10 inches
Outboard Turning Option No
Faceplate Included Yes
Speed Settings: 500, 800, 1250, 1800, 2650, 3700 rpm
Horsepower 1/2 hp
Amps 6.6
Volts N/A

It is a useful tool for optain a nice and well done job.

I have owned several "top rated" mini lathes and this is by far the best tool. It is well built with plenty of power and spins smooth. The first I purchased was the Carba-Tec for turning pens. It was a total waste of time and money. Delta lives up to its historical reputation for quality with this tool.

This lathe as a small surprising motor that has power to turn a bowl quit easily.

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