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#1 posted 03-13-2012 10:23 AM

Jerry I would not buy this lathe. Looking at it it appears you need to move the motor/head stock instead of the tail stock. I don’t see a tool rest with that lathe either. That is a lot of weight to be moving on the pipe type rails. I have a PM 90 that was 3 phase I converted to single phase. Some of the PM like mine are easy to convert and some are not. I would suggest getting the PM if can be converted easily and it is a whole lot more of a lathe. You can still find face plates, chucks and the like for the PM. I would expect finding anything to fit the other lathe would be a challenge. The PM is a variable speed drive that is a big plus. A great lathe to learn on. Then if turning is what you want I would eventually upgrade to a PM3520 which is what I will do once the money tree blooms. But the PM does everything I need to do, just no bells and whistles. There are also some good Delta/Rockwell lathes out there that I am not familiar with.

You also need to get chisels a way to sharpen them. I use the Wolverine with a slow speed grinder. Don’t buy any chisels that are not HSS. Even cheap HSS are good to start with.

-- Bill R

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