Re: Review: Delta 16" VS Lathe 46-756 (Long)

Thanks DGG. A great review even though I am not thinking of a new lathe. ______ God bless and safe turning Darrell Feltmate Truro, NS, Canada www.aroundthewoods.com
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<snip an excellent review>
You told us more things than we ever wanted to know about this lathe. I like that. The warts 'n all approach has always worked for me.
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Lee Michaels said:

LOL - more than we ever wanted to know... hmmm... Hard to find balance in this modern world - I try to present information without an agenda. Thanks!
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That was the most objective, thorough, well written review I've ever read. Your personal preferences and biases are stated up front, along with your reasons for having them. Unlike many, you're not an "early adopter" of the latest craze, some based on new, untested, technology - most merely creations of someone in the Marketing Department. Nor are you an impulse buyer - "Oooooo - that looks neat! Gimme!"
Giving specs you actually measured (as opposed to the manufaturer's claims) provides real world information AND indirectly, gives others guidance as to what is important to measure - usable bed length, bed flatness, bed rail deviaition and faceplate runout.
The information on motor types and speed controls was excellent and you objective observations re: the minor shortcoming - worth noting - makes your evaluation even more valuable.
So many reviews seem to be "Because I bought it, it's GREAT!" They provide little to anyone trying to decide' on tool A or tool B.
Thanks. Gives us all something to shoot for when reviewing a tool - and things to look for in reviews by others.
Great job!
charlie b
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charlie b said:

Wow - that is quite the kudos - so much so I had to reserve more than a spare moment to respond appropriately. While I am somehow left with the feeling of just having read a "Tell Your Fortune for a Quarter" card with those last few sentences (just kidding), I appreciate the gracious acclaim. From a professional, no less.

Well, I probably left out a few things. Lateral and longitudinal bed movement while spinning an off-center bowling ball comes to mind...

Used to read a lot of auto/stereo/test equipment reviews, and found it interesting how many of them bore little resemblance to the actual objects of their temporal affection.

That is what I was shooting for - as I found no information pertaining to this particular model AT ALL in the archives. Hope someone finds it useful in the future.
And unlike the current crop of divisive politicos and judicial charlatans, I persevere to ferret out the truth (as it unfolds).

Again, Thanks, Charlie B.
Greg
Greg G.
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Darrell Feltmate said:

Thanks!
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DGG said:

For those still interested, here is a photo of the complete setup: (Yea, I swept the floor for the picture.)
http://webpages.charter.net/videodoctor/images/BigLatheSetup01.jpg
The leg height risers are constructed of glued layers of 1/2" OSB.
Details of DIY Vacuum Chuck: (Rotary Bearing milled from HDPE, 1/6" Duro 40 Buna-N, junkbox stuff.)
http://webpages.charter.net/videodoctor/images/BigLatheVacuumChuck01.jpg
Details of Big-Ass DIY 16" Sander: (Used for sanding wedges and rings for large segmented vessels.)
http://webpages.charter.net/videodoctor/images/BigLatheDiskSander01l.jpg
http://webpages.charter.net/videodoctor/images/BigLatheDiskSander02l.jpg
And while I'm at it, a DIY sharpening station built from scraps: (Quicker to have a dedicated rest for each tool angle. I resisted a jig but sharpening is quicker and the tools last longer.)
http://webpages.charter.net/videodoctor/images/SharpeningStation01.jpg
http://webpages.charter.net/videodoctor/images/SharpeningStation02.jpg
FWIW
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