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David Schuelke
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May 10th, 2018 at 10:12am
 
I am looking to upgrade from my Jet 1221 VS to a larger one, looking at the Powermatic 2020, I need to stay around $4000 total for the new unit, I turn almost exclusively bowls and platters any suggestions or recommendations please.
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Re: lathe suggestions
Reply #1 - May 10th, 2018 at 3:25pm
 
Never used one, but I think the full length knee bar to turn off the lathe is a great idea.  Have you looked at the capacity and price of Vicmarc lathes?
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Reply #2 - May 10th, 2018 at 7:28pm
 
David, I wish the net would provide phone numbers more easily, because I would be delighted to talk to you about this.

I was in exactly the same situation you are in; I had a Jet midi and wanted to upgrade.  I did exactly what you are considering...I bought a Powermatic P2020 from Craft Supply in Utah.  I chose that because my "shop" space is limited (since it is my garage and it shares space with my car and all of the rest of my woodworking tools.  I also purchased a "Lift, Lock and Roll" accessory that made it all come together.  I just roll it out of the place where it is stored, and under an LCD shop light.

I love the Powermatic; I can turn up to 20 inch bowls/platters (although the largest I have actually turned was 16 inches), and it is also excellent for pens and other small items.  Since it has a larger thread size for the chucks, you will have to either have to invest in new chucks or an adapter (I did both and am happy with the adapter, although some have had some issues with the adapter they bought).

If you want to talk, drop a PM with your phone number.  I am also in California (Livermore, up north of you).

Warren
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Reply #3 - May 11th, 2018 at 8:29am
 
Thank you Don and Warren....Warren I PM you
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Reply #4 - May 11th, 2018 at 10:58am
 
I have followed similar threads in the past year or so and while the Powermatic has been one of the favorites for years it has fall in popularity somewhat when compared to the costs of the new Grizzly and Laguna offerings.  I believe some of Powermatic's panache has fallen off as it too is now made overseas.  A number of turners both here and on other sites have really enjoyed either a Grizzly or Laguna, the cost point is such that it would help your stated budget go further with respects to chucks or other tools.  Good luck with whatever you choose and let us know how it works out.
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Re: lathe suggestions
Reply #5 - May 11th, 2018 at 12:07pm
 
I find myself in the same camp as John on this.
The Powermatic brand has a great reputation but that only goes so far.
Price is always a consideration when purchasing most anything. These days you can buy a Grizzly or Laguna as John mentioned, with more capacity and at a lower price. While the fit and finish of these machines may not be at the level of the Powermatic, it's up to you to decide what's more important to you.
You know the saying, get the biggest lathe you can afford.

IMO, The lathe is one of the simplest woodworking machines of them all (mechanically speaking) but commands an unjustified high price.

Good luck with your purchase
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Reply #6 - May 11th, 2018 at 3:47pm
 
Thank you John and Ed, I will definitely research both the Laguna and  Grizzly, you make great points.
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Reply #7 - May 12th, 2018 at 6:04am
 
Very very happy with my Laguna 1836. Has performed flawlessly for the few months I have had it.
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Re: lathe suggestions
Reply #8 - May 12th, 2018 at 1:30pm
 
David -
I started out with a 1960's Rockwell lathe and moved up a little over a year ago to a Powermatic 3520b. I've not regretted the upgrade at all... but I didn't buy mine new. I got it through a Craigslist ad. I don't know what the Craigslist looks like in your area, but I was able to get a 7 year old 3520b which was, from all indications, very lightly used PLUS a handful of Sorby tools for well under your budget.

Just... whatever you do, be sure to have several people around to help you put the new lathe together and move it where ever it goes. Those buggers are HEAVY.
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Reply #9 - May 12th, 2018 at 5:54pm
 
Thank you Ronald, great suggestion.
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Reply #10 - May 25th, 2018 at 6:07pm
 
After a great deal of research and review reading I just ordered a Grizzly G0766 22 x 42 3 hp. lathe. Thank you John and Ed for leading me in that direction, cant wait to start turning on it. I am building a new shop and will need to install 220 power for the lathe and Grizzly dust collector.
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Reply #11 - May 25th, 2018 at 9:11pm
 
Buying a new gouge can bring some questions...buying an expensive lathe can be downright nerve wracking.  Hope you like what you ended up with...please give the group feedback once you're set-up and turning for a while.  I'm sure others would benefit from your feedback.
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