Delta Industrial 46-460 Wood Lathe Review

The 46-460 by Delta Industrial introduces another lathe which handles both adjustability and powerful performance into the one design.

If you don’t have too much time on your hands to read through the entire article, that’s not a problem at all.
For your convenience, we’ve made a quick overview below of the main points covered of the Delta Industrial 46-460 wood lathe review:

  • 1 HP motor with variable speed option, maximum speed is 1,725 RPM
  • 12-½” swing capacity is the largest within the wood lathe class
  • Convenient, three-pulley variable speed eliminates the need to change belt position
  • 46-460 is built with durability and stability as the focus, featuring a complete cast-iron construction
  • User-friendly, quick switch aids lathe in accuracy, thanks to the forward and reverse functions

Unlike some lathes that aim in the direction of a specific skill set, this model is recommended for everyone, thanks to an array of user-friendly features. I’m more than happy to go through those today, with you.

Specifications & Features

Firstly, the important stuff – the specifications and features of the 46-460. We’ll be looking into the vital points you’ll need to know, as well as the features that make this one of the leading wool lathes available.

With that being said, let’s look into the specifications of this wood lathe first.


  • Dimensions of 36” x 11” x 17.8”, with a 12-1⁄2” swing capacity and a weight of 97 lbs
  • 1 HP motor with 1725 RPM attainable speed
  • Variable speed in three options for complete speed control
  • Cast iron constructed table with 1 x 3” face plate, 1 x 6” tool rest, 1 x 10” tool rest
  • Patented belt-tensioning system with three settings that are correct each change

Cast Iron Construction

This lathe will fit within your workshop without taking any noticeable amount of space, as it’s a smaller build than many other lathes available on the market. This can be surprising to some – as the 46-460 is made from a sturdy cast-iron.

This provides stability to the overall design of the lathe. And as you’re probably aware, heavier lathes minimize the amount of vibration that can occur, which does wonders for the quality of a turners’ work.

The cast-iron design of this lathe will ensure that, with regular maintenance, this lathe will serve your wood needs for many years to come. And with its painless and straight-forward design, users of all experience levels will find this simple to understand and use.

Variable Speed Option

As a woodturner, you want complete control over your lathe when in use, and to have your lathe ready for most applications.

Many tasks work better with separate speeds, and this model covers its bases with the addition of the variable speed feature.

Changing of speeds using this variable speed function are made by using the rotating dial, which is located on the headstock of the lathe. With a change of speed, the belt-tensioning system will automatically adjust – meaning no more manual work for you.

At both ends of the speed spectrum, you’ll find that the 46-460 runs incredibly smoothly, with noise pollution not an issue with this quiet machine. As well as being relatively quiet when compared to alternative lathes, this model also runs without vibration – and you know what that means, right?

A smoother operation when using this lathe, which is music to my ears – and hopefully is to yours, too.

Additional Accessories

Many manufacturers aren’t too generous with additional inclusions when rolling out their tools, however Delta are quite the opposite.

When you unbox the 46-460 wood lathe, you’ll be greeted to a number of useful and welcome accessories, that’ll assist you not only with your new lathe, but your woodturning and woodworking skills as well.

We touch upon these inclusions within the next section, and is another tick of approval for hobbyists – especially those who are looking to start a path into the woodturning world. Why is this?

Well, it’s a matter of the additions included. Several accessories available for the 46-460 give you the opportunity to tailor this machine to fit your needs. How great does that sound?

What’s Included?

With this wood lathe, it’s not only the tool you’ll be receiving. Delta Industrial have also included extra accessories to aid in your projects. Great bonus, isn’t it?

Here is a list of the following additions included with your purchase:

  • 1 x Delta Industrial 46-460 Wood Lathe
  • 1 x 6” tool rest
  • 1 x 10” tool rest
  • 1 x 3” chrome face plate
  • 1 x Tool rest base
  • 1 x Knockout bar
  • 1 x Live center
  • 1 x Wrench

What Puts The 46-460 Above The Opposition?

Now, onto the next section of our review, and those are the three features I’ve picked which stand above alternative wood lathes available.

If you don’t agree with these – or think another feature should’ve been added in place of the 46-460, leave a comment in the section below, so I’m able to see what our readers are thinking.

Patented Belt-Tensioning System

If you’ve ever faced the issue of a tricky belt when adjusting speeds, you’re most probably aware of how inconvenient and also damaging to your lathe this routine is. This is a target area of Delta Industrial’s model, and they’ve definitely hit it with good aim.

The belt is set with the correct tension each time, which makes for the incredibly quick speed changes.

Due to the correct tension being reached every time, the overall tool life of the lathe is increased.

And, to make this unique, exclusively designed lathe by Delta Industrial even more considerable with its’ belt tensioning system, quick-speed adjustments will result in power transfer throughout the lathe to be maximized.

Powerful Motor

When you’re comparing lathes, there are important features that are crucial to the overall performance of the machine.

Delta’s 46-460 wood lathe thrives through all applications and projects without struggling, and the reason for this is the powerful motor included within the design.

The 46-460 motor can achieve a high speed of 1725 RPMs, through a variable, three-speed option. This is interconnected with the belt tensioning system, which sets the belt at the correct tension each time a new speed needs to be changed.

With such a powerful motor, you don’t want high speeds when turning wood into designs such as pens – so this is perfect for those who are working with a variety of projects.

In summary, the combination of both the motor and the belt-tensioning system is a winning one, providing a seamless performance for users.

Forward & Reverse Functions

Rotating your piece is often the only choice that woodturners have when looking for a completely smooth finish.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been in a situation during a woodturning session that sees the project you’re working on impervious to being smoothed down. Whatever you seem to do, it doesn’t work at all, and the wood stays rough.

Reversing the piece can often be incredibly difficult, as it involves remounting the wood in a backwards position – and this can often cause difficulties due to irregular sizing. Luckily, both of these issues are now in the past with this feature.

With this model all you’ll have to follow is simple process for both reverse and forward motions. A simple flick of the switch located in a convenient location on the lathe is all you need – and yes, it’s definitely that easy!

Final Words

A lathe is an essential tool in the woodturners’ inventory, and luckily there are many welcoming options for all experience types available – with this 46-460 being a prime example of one of options.

With Delta providing a set of accessories upon purchase, this lathe would be a worthy inclusion to your workshop, without breaking the budget as well.

I’d definitely recommended this lathe for those who find themselves on a tight budget, but don’t want to miss out on any important features with a cheaper and sometimes less-reliable model. It’s up to you – but you definitely won’t regret it.

Now we’ve finished with this review, I hope I’ve given you some valuable information that you can use in your next trip to the local hardware stop. If you think I’ve forgotten something, I’d love to hear what that exactly is – let me know in the comments below.

James Thomas

James Thomas

Tool Enthusiast

2 thoughts on “Delta Industrial 46-460 Wood Lathe Review”

  1. Just bought the Delta 46 460 wood lathe. After reading a lot of reviews. Some bad and some good. I ordered the lathe from Lowes. Lathe came in in just a few days. Picked up lathe and unpacked. Everything looked good. No damage to box or lathe. However after unpacking and sitting lathe on bench my trouble started when I plugged it in. Lathe would not work, Pulled switch and face plate moved about 1/8 th of an inch. Called customer service and they wanted me to take switch apart and check wiring. I refused because I didn’t want to void warranty tampering with. Plan to return it back to Lowes and order the new Nova Comet 14 dr. Fred Ledig Jax Fl

    1. Hi Fred,

      Really? Brand new out of the box and not working? To be honest, with any new product, I wouldn’t be tampering with it due to the void warranty issue as you have stated. Sorry to hear of your experience as I’ve got a friend with one of these similar models from Delta without issue at all.


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