H-M Supporter - Silver Member
H-M Supporter - Silver Member ($10)
- Feb 22, 2015
Your welcome.This will be good info for others. Thank you for taking the time to weigh the components. I never would have thought to spend the extra time to do that.
I guess I should have prefaced my post with an explanation. I do not have a garage or a ground level workshop. I have a basement where the bottoms of the floor joists average 69” above the floor... maybe that's the reason for the lack of hair on top of my head. Man, all these years blaming my mother's genes. Ok, back on point. My outside basement entry is such that a ramp with a reasonable slope would not allow a machine to clear the top of the vertical door frame at the bottom of the steps. I guess along with the removal of the steps, some sort of gantry could be constructed straddling the ground level cellar door that would allow me to handle machines possessing the “good amount” of mass. Anyhow, I chose the largest lathe (PM1127) and milling machine (PM30 not here yet) I could both fit in my vertically challenged workspace and appliance dolly down the steps in pieces. So, no PM-1236-T or PM-1340GT or PM-833T for me at this time. As a point of reference, I purchased a 24” x 24” x 3” surface plate from Grizzly that turned out to be defective. At around 200 lb, plus the weight of the appliance dolly, I know what I can handle moving into and out of the basement without invoking my health insurance policy. If I were 35 years younger, I believe the wished for machinery would now reside in my basement. Wait, 35 years ago, I had the opposite of disposable income. I just thought that someone reading this forum in a similar situation as mine might find the information useful.Wow, I’m not sure how I would ever use this, but it’s awesome nonetheless. If you add everything up, does it match the weight spec?
PM1228 is also worth considering, from the specs it seems to be lighter in weight. Has some nice additional features. No reason to void the warranty providing you reassemble the same an don't break anything. Machines are routinely serviced/taken apart and also broken down to move. The warranty covers a manufacturing defect within the specified time period. QMT is very reasonable about warranty parts from my experience and others.I want to get an 1127 when they are restocked. I too have a cellar with stairs that will require disassembly to carry down the narrow stairwell.
I believe the 1228 is also 120V. The main difference between the 1127 and 1228 as I see it is that the 1127 has an AC motor and the 1228 has a DC motor.I was considering the 1228.....I would also have to run a dedicated 230 volt line....