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11-20-2010 03:38 PM

i know that in the beginning powermatics were green, then gold, now yellow. this week, i picked up an old powermatic model 45 lathe at an auction for $300. it’s currently painted gold. however, i believe it was orginally painted green. the inside of the headstock cabinet is green, and there’s a small wear mark on the back that shows green under the gold. i’m curious if the gold is factory paint(it’s very well done and is the exact color), or was done by the old owner. i suppose it’s possible that this machine was being manufactured when they decided to switch colors and was repainted before it shipped out. has anyone else come across something like this? by the way, it’s an awesome machine. i spent all of yesterday changing the motor and wiring it to 110V (it was 3 phase 220/440).


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#1 posted 11-20-2010 03:54 PM

I don’t have any info for you, but it sounds like you got a steal on it. Be sure to post some photos when you get it up and running.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 11-20-2010 03:59 PM

i got it running (on 110V) yesterday. however, it’s standing up on end right now so i could work on it easier. i’ve got a friend coming over later to help me move it (it’s listed at 480lbs), i’ll get pics when it’s in the final location.

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#3 posted 11-21-2010 04:15 AM

there it is…gold on the outside, green on the inside.

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#4 posted 11-21-2010 04:44 AM

That’s a great looking lathe… should give you years of fun!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 11-21-2010 04:51 AM

That’s a steal, regardless of color!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#6 posted 11-21-2010 04:54 AM

Yep, there were ones that colour green.

http://www.google.com/images?q=Powermatic+45+Lathe&rls=com.microsoft:en-us&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi&biw=1207&bih=768

I would venture to say, the paint might have faded, and a previous owner decided to paint it the current PM colour…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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