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Forum topic by groland posted 06-24-2015 04:06 PM 984 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-24-2015 04:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: powermatic 45 lathe recommendation

I have a chance to buy a Powermatic 45 Lathe. I have never used a lathe before and don’t know much about them, so I want to buy a used one. The seller is asking $550.00 for it, and, going solely by the photos, it seems to be in good condition.

What do you think about this lathe as a starting lathe for a beginner and is this a fair price for this tool?

Finally, if I go to look at it, what critical operating features ought I to look for? I know the two points from which the stock is suspended ought to be aligned, that the motor shaft ought not to wobble or vibrate and that changing speeds ought to work properly. What else?

Many thanks,


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#1 posted 06-24-2015 05:14 PM

You want to make sure lathe is complete with all OEM components. See catalog & manual. Owner may throw in some extras like tools, chuck, & faceplates but really want a complete lathe that came from the factory. Tool rest base & tailstock expensive if can find them.
PM 45 catalog


You want to operate the lathe from slow to high speed to here it run. This lathe comes with a Reeves drive and want shift speeds up & down easily. So do look at belts for wear. Only want to change speeds on that lathe with motor running. Check with lathe off for free play in the headstock spindle. Also if lock down tool rest base & tailstock stay in place. You won’t be able to move them by hand once locked down.
Without hearing & seeing the lathe run, and even if I did and found it sound would try and get if for between $400 to $ 500 that’s just me. Compared to china made midi lathes around today not a bad price at $550 if includes extras. Do ask about cleaning grease or oil he uses for reeves drive

-- Bill

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#2 posted 06-24-2015 05:26 PM

I have been looking into wood lathes lately also. I did some research and found that the Powermatic 45 is a pretty good lathe, if it is operating correctly. It is not as heavy as the Powermatic 90 but heavier than the Delta 46-523 (I think that is the model number). Heavy is good in a lathe since it gives stability.

I looked up the speed range and it should go from 350 to 2800 RPM. I think I remember people recommending that you may need to go slower than that for a largish bowl. I do not know how true that is since I do not do wood turning but somebody with experience should be along to provide that info.

It does have a 12” swing over the bed and a 16” swing over the gap.

Around my parts, that is a pretty good price but that is dependent on the condition it is in, the motor, and what accessories it comes with. I do agree with Wildwood that I would try and get it for less.

Good luck and happy hunting

-- ---Howard, Amesbury MA

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