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ROCKWELL 12″ Old Style Variable Speed Wood Lathe Manual

Id: 0592


85 in stock


Number of Pages: 13

This is a reproduction, not a photocopy, of a Rockwell 12″ Deluxe Variable Speed Wood Lathe 46-450, 46-400, 46-411, 46-413 Instructions and Parts Manual. This manual contains information on setup, maintenance, adjustments, and controls as well as a complete parts list and exploded view parts diagrams. We have the manual for the newer style of the 12″ variable speed lathe as well.

Old Style Variable Speed Drive System

For 46-450 models:

Rockwell used the 46-450 catalog number on two completely different variable speed drive systems. This manual covers the old style of the drive system. We have the new style system at this link. The images below show the visual differences in the controls of the systems.

Old Drive System Controls                     New Drive System Controls

I have collected this information for many years and have found the information they contain to be priceless in using and setting up the machines properly. I believe this manual will be a valuable resource of knowledge that will provide a lot of helpful information that is often hard to find. My manuals are not photocopies. I maintain a high standard of quality in my reproductions. Most of the manuals I reproduce look better than their originals. I have professionally digitally edited every page, and removed stains, wrinkles and handwriting. All of the manuals are printed on thick white paper to withstand shop wear and tear.


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