I'm having an issue with my Delta Midi Lathe LA200 type 1 in that when I screw onto the drive spindle with a face plate or chuck, the drive spindle doesn't turn true. A small out of round movement is noted. That being so, I cant screw on any attachment without it causing an out of round work piece. I have already replaced the drive shaft assembly but that didn't help the problem. Should I replace the two bearings for the drive shaft or just get a different lathe?
I have had the lathe approximately 4 1/2 years and the only problem I have had is the belt is finally getting worn out. I have used it quite a bit and have had only a few operator errors. However, I will say the v belt is too expensive for how small it is.
As of this moment I rate the la200 a zero because after little use the start capacitor died. Delta was of no help at all. I located one that came close but it quit after about ten minutes. Now it seems that I have scrap metal after I bought an expensive four jaw chuck among other tools.
The LA200 is, on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being the worst, I would have to say a 6. My wife bought it for me for my birthday two years ago but with Katrina reconstruction, I had far too many other priorities. I was finally able to put it to use around Christmas of last year and have enjoyed trying it out. The really sad part was that the motor/capacitor burned out recently so only time will tell how much it will cost. The machine itself has a few flaws. The toolrest is touchy in that it is difficult to lock down at times. the travel of the tailstock shaft is only a little over two inches which is kind of a nuisance when hollowing out a vessel/bowl using a forstner bit. Drive belts are too small/petite/fragile not to mention expensive...BTW, I've only turned about half a dozen items with this lathe...
Don't worry about the cost of fixing it . The motor /capacitor is now obsolete,(NO LONGER AVAILABLE). Guess Delta has started making throw away tools like some other companies.Should you find another compatible capacitor, sure would like to hear from you.
Reply: Delta - LA200
The capacitor is easily replaced, almost any motor shop can replace it for you, and they really aren't expensive. the motor itself however is another story.