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Forum topic by Riversburg posted 11-06-2011 08:02 PM 4657 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2011 08:02 PM

Hi, I just posted this as a reply under the Powermatic Onyx series post, but I thought maybe I could get a little more response if it was on it’s own. Once I fully retire i plan on spending a lot of time at the lathe so keep that in mind. Here goes….. I’ve been looking at the 3520B lathe, simply because I have also watched as the price of this lathe has climbed substantially since I first took a gander at it 7 years ago;could have picked one up back then for around $2200.00 delivered. The enticing part (and I don’t mean the color) of this deal is that it comes with the bed extension that alone goes for just under $400.00 bucks.
Now, since I’ve told you that I’ve been eyeing this lathe for along time, is it worth the $1500.00 difference between the Grizzly G06094? I’m thinking about taking a hammer to the piggybank and buying the PM.
What do you guys think?

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#1 posted 11-06-2011 08:33 PM

PM all day long. Have you looked at OneWay? I doubt you’d ever find a used one but one can hope;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 11-06-2011 10:07 PM

I’ll probably be in the minority here, but I would opt for the Grizzly. Grizzly makes solid, dependable, simple machines. In my opinion, simplicity is a virtue.

I own a Grizzly jointer and lathe (the more modest G0462). Neither machine is very fancy. They are just basic, solid machines. I’ve never had a problem with either (other than a belt wearing out on the lathe). However, I’m convinced that if anything broke on either machine I could order the needed part and fix it myself.

Grizzlys remind me of early 2 cylinder John Deere tractors. They were designed so that the average farmer could repair virtually anything himself with basic tools. FYI – I own a ‘49 A.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Arlin Eastman

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#3 posted 11-06-2011 10:27 PM

Although I do have and love my Grizzly equipment the grizzly lathe is not even in the same class as the PM. It is like a Pacer to a Bently. Go with the PM

PS – If I had the money I would also buy the PM and take off the legs. I am a disabled Vet and the height is to much for me.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#4 posted 11-06-2011 10:33 PM

To turn oversized bowls, the PM would be the way to go, the thing weighs a whopping 750+ pounds, I know, I put mine together by myself. When I bought my lathe the first thing I thought was “limitations, am I going to be limited down the road, in the future, by buying a smaller, beginners lathe”, I then read someone who had some vibration issues due to the large sized project with their Grizzly. Nothing major, but they did say if they had it to do over they would have opped for the PM because of its beefier stance and material, and THAT was key to my decision.

To RichGreer, there is nothing wrong with your Grizzly, in fact, if not for the Powermatic lathe being an option, I would have had to choose between the Grizzly and JET, a MUCH MUCH more difficult decision, which probably would have seen me go with Grizzly.
I think sometimes that we all focus to much on names over function, much like the age old debates of Windows vs Linux or Apple, and which computer name brand is better than another, or video cards or whatever else.

It has more to do with what YOU need it for, what’s your intended use, do you intend on spinning out 3-4 foot bowls and vases.. Would you turn a toothpick on a PM3520? or would that job be better suited for a mini-lathe? It all just depends on what you intend.

To Arlin, thank you for your service! I am glad to see that you’re able to make the needed adjustments to continue with the craft. <—I always feel saying stuff like this can sound so contrived sometimes coming from someone who is a complete stranger over the internet, but, I really do mean it, I know the therapeutic value of it and would lose my mind if not for woodworking.

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#5 posted 11-07-2011 12:12 AM

Bah! I said “beginner’s lathe” I had no intention of incinuating such a thing as a “beginner’s lathe”, I apologise, no offence to anyone intended what so ever. Properly should have said “smaller, more “user friendly”, but, even that’s not the proper description I want.

Smaller lathes should never imply skill level of the person using them, I’ve used a lathe a couple of times in my life but never for more than an a couple hours my entire life, but, I INTEND on turning large and robust pieces of wood and do not wish to be impeded by size limitations of the lathe, or it’s motor when I obtain the confidence of skill that I need to turn such.

If anything I bought the big ass lathe because I AM a beginner! =)

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#6 posted 11-07-2011 12:32 AM

If you have your eye set on the PM – go for it or you’ll always have the ‘I should have’ thoughts in your head.

the PM is a monster and a solid one at that. if anything you’ll never look back and say “maybe I should have not gotten it” if you do go with the PM

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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David Kirtley

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#7 posted 11-07-2011 03:25 AM

They both look nice. Would you use the outboard turning of the Grizzly? If you do big stuff like tabletops or big bowls, that would be the deciding point.

edit after looking some more, the headstock of the PM will move all the way to the end so not a big issue.

Just to throw a real weird idea into the mix… If I were going to get something in that price range, I would go ahead and pick up a metal working lathe. They turn wood just fine and you can do so many more things with them.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#8 posted 11-07-2011 11:49 AM

Yah know David… I was thinking EXACTLY THAT when I bought my PM woodlathe. But then I thought, yah know, I already have WAY to many hobbies! I just know that if I picked up a metal lathe, gunsmithing would be my new hobby!

Man, it would be nice to make all your own tools though, wouldn’t it? Might as well just pop another 10 grand down and get the auto-cad and computer control along with it! heehehehehe

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#9 posted 11-07-2011 05:51 PM


I dunno. A 12×36 metal lathe is right there in the same ball park for price. G4003 at Grizzly Gap bed will allow turning up to 17”

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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