Best size lathe for home use / new import

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Tim Young
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Congrats on the order. I'm still just dreaming of one. I need to complete my Hot Rod project and build a building to house the machining equipment first. It will happen!

Again Congrats! Looking forward to seeing that bad boy!
 

Junkman Noparts

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Ok so i looked at the Eisen looks nice but why is the price of the 1440E 3ph $6300.00 1440E 3ph two speed is $6700.00 and the 1440E 1ph is $9200.00 still the single phase is out of my price range guess cold get the 3ph and by a new motor of Ebay .
So in my case mine PM1440E-LB has shipped should of went with the PM1440GS looking at the add but read through the manual and don't see harden headstock gears i do think the quick change gear box and spindle bearings are better . PM still has good pricing compared to others with same specs. Thanks JM
 

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Junkman, Don't look for perfection, it doesn't exist. The lathe you are getting will do fine. It is way better than trying to use some worn out 50 year old machine that got to the point the last guy didn't want to put up with it anymore. I bought a new Chinese lathe knowing I wasn't getting perfection. Turns out to be a far better machine than I am or ever will be a machinist. My personal failure is getting in a hurry. It will usually come back to bite me.
 

Junkman Noparts

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My guess is you will be happy with the 1440LB. The bigger capacity and those occasions when you'd like to have the big bore will make some things much easier. Like has been said, you can make small on a bigger machine but not the other way around. Just buy tooling and accessories as you need them. All the things you want to add mount up. It's OK to buy the Chinese accessory stuff. Some is perfectly serviceable some not so much.

A lathe and a mill make a set. I'm guessing you don't have access to a mill - yet. I hate to say it but the same choices come up again when you start looking for a mill. New/used, bench or knee, Chinese/Taiwan/European and a lot more accessories. The rabbit hole is deep!
Yes i am excited and have started down that hole I've been bitten by the bug.
 

Junkman Noparts

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Hi everyone thanks for all your comments I know it's been a little while but I've been trying to wire up the shop with two 20 amp plugs one for the lathe and one for my new Mill and my place is a mess note that I know that's a 15 amp breaker in the subpanel
thanks again junkman
 

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hanermo2

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Congrats.
You probably made a great choice, and will likely be very happy with it.

PM has a great rep.
Their tools have a great rep.
 

Junkman Noparts

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Congrats.
You probably made a great choice, and will likely be very happy with it.

PM has a great rep.
Their tools have a great rep.
Thanks Didn't want to deal with finding a good used lathe ( i looked ) or posable problems . These are not cheep $ i was going to sell a truck i have and get a PM935s mill but came across Ebay add for the Mighty Comet NOS got it for $3200 so wish i could of found a deal like that on the lathe . Still for two new machines of this size for ten grand is good .
Thanks JM
 
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