Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 23
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RECoats 12-1/2 Midi-Lathe Variable Speed Wood Lathe
The only thing I didn't like is the fact that the forward/reverse switch is wired backwards. According to the reviews I read before I bought it this is fairly common. I've tried getting in touch with Delta a few times without any luck. Other than that I've been pleased.
October 18, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JamesBondo Love this little guy.
Easy to install and mount. Love the vari speed and the reverse.
August 30, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Woodchuck Best Lathe yet
I have owned 3 other wood lathes and I have been disappointed with all of them from cheap to a Craftsman. The Delta Lathe is a great lathe for the price. The precision and quiet operation are amazing as well as it's power.
I also was surprised by the fact that I received the lathe a week early! Great purchase!
July 21, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Rich A Tool Defered
Like many woodworkers, despite loving turning in shop class 45 years ago, I felt owning a lathe was an extravagance that would not be used often enough to justify the expense and shop space. I had managed to make most of the spindles I had to have on the drill press or with a router. However, now having worked on my first project, a set of belaying pins, I recall how enjoyable turning is. After doing the research and deciding on the Delta, Home Depot had the best price and quick delivery. The machine was ready to go right out of the box. I built a heavy, dedicated stand for it and bought a starter set of tools. I was most impressed by how quiet and smooth the machine runs. I am now looking for projects and particularly interested in trying to make some bowls from the odd grains in my firewood stumps.
April 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by gh good value
still learning specifics of lathe, anxious to make my first project
April 19, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by CincinnatiW Parts were missing.
I studied up on this lathe and liked the features that it came with. I had the packages shipped to the store and they all arrived without damage. They had not been opened. I assembled the stand and the extension first but unfortunately when I started to place the lathe on the stand I found that the tool holder was missing four parts which allow you to lock it in place on the lathe bed.
I called Delta's customer service the next day. The first call, they told me the information they needed and the second call I waited 30 minutes on hold but they took my information and said they would ship the parts.
I would say the other reviews are correct. My motor is wired backwards as well but the tool appears to be as nice as I hoped. If the correct parts actually arrive in a timely manner I would change my review to a 5.
April 18, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JW Very pleased.
I was very happy with this lathe. The product features are all easy to use even for a first time turner. It is quiet for a shop tool. Seems to be solid and well made for the price.
April 15, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by l5473467 Love my new lathe,
I purchased the Delta midi lathe to replace a PSI PenPal lathe. The set up was easy and I was able to put it to work immediately. I make hand crafted pens and bangles and this lathe can handle every operation. It has plenty of power and speed range selection is a breeze. The mating stand was purchased as well. I considered building a stand myself but I am glad purchased the Delta stand it was simple to assemble, very sturdy and has storage for turning chisels. This was really great purchased and was shipped to my home wthin a few days. I couldn't be happier.
February 10, 2016