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Forum topic by wied74 posted 05-16-2016 02:29 PM 411 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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wied74

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05-16-2016 02:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: powermatic lathe 3520

Hey guys, A friend on mine has a PM 3520 lathe for sale, from 1997, in good condition. When trying to research a fair price I find lot’s of descriptions as 3520A and 3520B but no plain 3520 references. I understand that B is the latest. The lathe I am looking at does not have a letter. does this mean it is older than the A model? or do people just refer to the first release as the A model? Second question is what is a ball park for price on these models? what’s included is basically the lathe only with all of the parts that would have come with a new unit.


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#1 posted 05-16-2016 07:52 PM

A was the first model and RPM window located on backside of the headstock.

B model has RPM window on the front of headstock.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 05-16-2016 09:48 PM

This is a 19 year old lathe which doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with it because some people have machines for years and do not use them very often. The age should be a negotiating factor. Turn on the lathe and go through the range of speeds. Listen and feel for any vibration or noise. If the lathe was used a lot it might have worn bearings. I would check the alignment between centers, over all condition (some people spray finishes on their pieces when still on the lathe); is it clean or does it need to be cleaned (another negotiating factor). You could check Craigslist and Ebay to see if anyone is selling the same model to get an idea for a price. Lastly, how bad do you want the lathe? and how motivated is the seller? My ball park price would be less than $2000 if all is in good condition. I would try and get him to throw in some accessories.

-- Julian

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#3 posted 05-17-2016 02:04 AM

Thanks for your feedback everyone.

Erik

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