Interesting, nothing like the WBL290F sold in Australia, as I said, looks identical and the specs read the same, to the PM 1236, and it's made in China not Taiwan. I suspect this happens when different importers in different countries assign their own model numbers to machines that they import from factories scattered in Asia. the Australian one is not called a Weiss, but the model number is the same.. Thats why I prefer to get a machine that is sold under the manufacturers model name / number, at least then you can be sure of what you are getting.The Weiss WBL290F is a small hobby lathe powered by a BLDC motor. Precision Mathews sells a model very similar (PM 1127). Warco in the UK sells a model WM 280V Lathe also very similar to the Weiss. (Both PM and Warco's Lathes are powered by a AC Drive vice the DC on the Weiss).
Precision Mathews has been great for support. The owner is a machinist so when you are dealing with machine issues you got somebody who knows machines vise others that sell them but know nothing about them. We're waiting for Spring over here Down Under Bob you guys are in/starting Fall?
G'day Gman, Ah the Pm 1236-T that eplains it very well. Those two machines are sold here, but by different dealers, one has chinese machines which he sells under his own name and model numbers, just to make it hard for customers to compare, they also often have the factory make subtle cosmetic changes just to make it more difficult, they will also claim the machines are made to superior Taiwanese specifications, which is plain B-S.Mine is a PM1236-T which is a Taiwanese Lathe. Us Yanks will also say Autumn albeit a more formal term. For example we would say to our family/friends "See you in the Fall" NOT "See you in the Autumn"