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Forum topic by Padre posted 01-09-2009 12:48 AM 1001 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-09-2009 12:48 AM

After a lot of hand wringing, asking my woodturning friends and teachers, researching the internet, reading the Fine Woodworking article on lathes, I finally pulled the trigger today on a new Powermatic 3520b. It comes with the 18” bed extension and tool extension, and I got it at ToolNut. Their shipping is free, and right now they are having a promotion on this lathe.

I was torn between the Powermatic, the Jet 16vsr and the Nova. All in the same price range, all with their own good points. It finally boiled down to what I hear on this site all the time: buy as best/big as you can afford. After saving for 7 years, I could afford the Powermatic, so I got it!

It should be here in about a week to a week and a half. I’ll do a review when I set it up and use it! YAHOO!!

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#1 posted 01-09-2009 01:34 AM

Saving for 7 years . . . wow . . . that is what I call patience. At least it has paid off. Post picks when it shows up.

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#2 posted 01-09-2009 01:52 AM

Wow, that is a great buy. Since I am a Powermatic fan, I obviously think you made the right choice. But you do have a quality lathe that should give you years of pleasure. As a suggestion why don’t you do a review and an installation blog. I thing they would both be interesting reads.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 01-09-2009 02:29 AM

I bought one three years ago. The best money I have spent for a power tool. I have been quite impressed with Powermatic’s quality price ratio. Get HELP setting it up. The parts are heavy as hell. The one thing they shorted on was a shorter 4” tool rest and their own is quite pricy so I shopped around until I found a less expensive one. You will love the variable speed, quiet operation and solid feel. I have built a storage cabinet under the bed with a tool holder rack on the front for easy access. Make sure you have a good chuck to go with it.

-- Les B, Oregon

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