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Rockwell/Delta International of Canada Ltd.
Guelph, ON

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Lathe, Wood
Machine Size: 11"
Submitted By: Gerald Buttigieg
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: Model 46-140
Date of Manufacturer: 1983
Serial Number: GU 554201
Last Updated 12/12/2008 1:56:30 PM

The model 46-140 lathe was bought at an auction in Pietermaritzburg South Africa in 2004. It was in mint condition and had hardly been used. It is fitted with a Rockwell 220 volt AC motor. The wooden base and drawer unit are my additions.
The sanding table 46-848 was bought seperately from a second hand shop. The owner had no idea what it was or where it came from. It has casting marks "DDL" which I have found to refer to Double Duty Lathe.
In May 2006, I attended a country show where a group of woodworkers were demonstrating lathe work, coopering, wagon wheel making and other wood work craft to the general public. I was standing with a group and brought up the subject of Rockwell Delta and the fact that it was hard to find good second hand Rockwell machines. One in the crowd said he had a Rockwell lathe copy attachment which he wanted to sell. I immediately sprung on the chance and made arrangements to contact him on his return home. I duly contacted him and accepted his price . He said it was complete but the write up was badly eaten by fish moth. I duly collected the attachment and it was in excellent condition some of the small parts still in a small cloth bag.
The picture shows the lathe copier Model No. 46-840. Mine has the C section toothed guide rail whereas there is a similar product with a round bar toothed guide rail. You will note that the lathe copier is mounted on the wrong side of the lathe. What I have done is taken the motor winding leads to a change over switch. This enables the motor to run in both directions. Therefore with the motor running normally I can do normal turning standing in the front. Throwing the switch, the motor reverses and is in the correct drive direction for turning on the other side using the lathe copier. This obviated the need to remove and replace the copier all the time. Slight adjustments have to be made in mounting the guide rails because holes are drilled for mounting in the front only. I have tried out the set up and it works well.

In 2008, I disposed of this lathe but retained the lathe copier and the sanding table shown in Picture 1.

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Comments: Model 46-140 lathe
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Comments: Sanding Table 46-848
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Comments: Lathe with Copy Attachment on the "wrong side ".
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