how to value old Delta wood lathe

how to value old Delta wood lathe

Post by Grant Erw » Thu, 07 Nov 1996 04:00:00



I have recently acquired as part of a trade a vintage Delta
wood lathe. It's probably from the 50's or earlier, based
solely on my impression and not from any particular inspection.

It is entirely constructed from cast iron, and basically
consists of a headstock, bed, tailstock and toolrest. There
is no tooling or stand or documents of any kind.

My question is, approximately what is this worth? And how
much fully restored, painted, on a stand, etc.?

I would appreciate it if some tool-literate person cares to

I don't often read this newsgroup.

Thanks a lot!

Grant Erwin
Seattle, Washington

(BTW, if any Seattle woodworkers want to actually BUY it,
I'm obviously willing to make a deal on price but delivery
is strictly uhaul!)

 
 
 

how to value old Delta wood lathe

Post by Ron William » Thu, 07 Nov 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> I have recently acquired as part of a trade a vintage Delta
> wood lathe. It's probably from the 50's or earlier, based
> solely on my impression and not from any particular inspection.

> It is entirely constructed from cast iron, and basically
> consists of a headstock, bed, tailstock and toolrest. There
> is no tooling or stand or documents of any kind.

> My question is, approximately what is this worth? And how
> much fully restored, painted, on a stand, etc.?

> I would appreciate it if some tool-literate person cares to

> I don't often read this newsgroup.

> Thanks a lot!

> Grant Erwin
> Seattle, Washington

> (BTW, if any Seattle woodworkers want to actually BUY it,
> I'm obviously willing to make a deal on price but delivery
> is strictly uhaul!)

The value depends a lot on condition.  I don't know enough about old
Delta's to avoid this question - does it have babbit bearings (with
grease cups) or sealed ball or roller bearings?  Are the bearings in
good shape?  Can you grab the spindle and feel a lot of play?

I saw an old Delta lathe go at an auction for less than $50 because the
kids in the school that was selling it had apparently driven a spur
center home with a hammer, and had split the spindle apart.

That said, a bare lathe like you've described should still be worth
$100-200, if everything appears to be in good shape.  Cleaned and
painted, on a stand, and with a motor, I'd say $350 - 500, depending on
your sales abilities.

Those prices reflect my experiences in the mid-west (Fargo, ND).  Prices
will vary with availability - if there are lots of lathes for sale in
your area, you'll get less.  Check you local want ads to get a feel.

Ron Williams

 
 
 

how to value old Delta wood lathe

Post by R. Martin Caske » Fri, 08 Nov 1996 04:00:00


[snippage involved]

Quote:
> I have recently acquired...a vintage...lathe. It's probably from
> the 50's or earlier,...

AHEM!! I hereby propose a modification to the charter for this group.
Henceforth, the words "OLD", "VINTAGE" and "THE 50'S" shall not be used
together in any way. This prohibition shall also extend to "THE 40'S".

As to "THE 30'S" and before, well you old guys are on your own!!

:-)

Martin "Vintage" Caskey
Towson, Maryland

"It's not how old you are, it's how well you can use your tools!"