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andgott

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My new toy has arrived at last! Originally, I had ordered a PM25. Then, I decided that I wanted something a little bigger, and changed my order to a PM30. Then I decided that I didn't want to wait on the PM30, so I went with this one instead... I think I'll be glad I did in the long run, I can't ever recall a time in the past that I said "I wish I had bought a smaller tool". Service from PM so far has been great, on both this and my 1130 lathe, Even though I am a bit of a pain as a customer sometimes- Especially when it comes to changing my mind so many times :)

They shipped it out on a Thursday and it was at the local terminal by Saturday morning... I was supposed to have liftgate delivery, but the local terminal doesn't have a truck equipped with a lifgate, so they told me I'd have to wait until at least the end of the week when they had enough deliveries to justify renting a liftgate equipped truck for the day. I was tired of waiting, so I drove an hour to the terminal, had them load it into my truck, and brought it home myself!
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The suspension wasn't QUITE bottomed out, but not far from it... 1200 lbs in the back is a pretty hefty load.

I got it back to the shop, and out of the truck. Fortunately I have an a-frame in my shop, and I could uncrate the mill and lift it out of the truck that way- This thing is HEAVY.
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I was a little surprised by how big it was- My last mill was a little Harbor Freight special, and this would eat that thing for breakfast... It was larger than I had expected. I got it unloaded and on to the stand, despite the temps in the high 90s. I went through the setup/startup instructions, and made a quick test cut tonight.
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I am impressed by this machine already. It's BIG- and HEAVY, especially with the cast iron base. It all seems very solid. It is VERY smooth, and surprisingly quiet, when running. I am really looking forward to getting some projects done!
 

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Congrats on the new mill. Wow, #1200 it is heavy for its size. I’m sure it will serve you well. Any plans for a DRO?
 

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Should make for years of enjoyment!
 

andgott

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Congrats on the new mill. Wow, #1200 it is heavy for its size. I’m sure it will serve you well. Any plans for a DRO?
Yeah, it's a beast. I think it's around 1100 lbs total with stand. The stand alone weighs almost as much as the PM25 that I had ordered initially!

I will be putting a DRO on in the near future. I plan to use a bluDRO, along with the TouchDRO app... I've bought all the components to use it on my lathe already, and like it a lot.
 

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I will be putting a DRO on in the near future. I plan to use a bluDRO, along with the TouchDRO app... I've bought all the components to use it on my lathe already, and like it a lot.
I have given thought to the TouchDRO setup for my lathe, glad to hear it works well for you.
 
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