Awesome! Please post your experiences when you get it.Thanks for your input everyone. I hear many good things about the 1340GT but I have been unable to get any feedback from a 1236T owner as part of my due diligence before a large purchase. I guess I will be the first since I ordered one last night!
Sorry but you'll have to be second. I ordered a 1236-T last week and it shipped today. They are made made at the same place. the 1236-T is identical to the 1340 GT except for the stated sized difference, hp, hardened shafts and gears. PM's manual for the 1236 is the 1340 manual with red lettering indicating the specs that are specific to the 1236.
Ditto for you Gman!Awesome! Please post your experiences when you get it.
Thanks for the detailed response, it's always interesting to find out what journey other's took to get them here and then the rationale to buy the machine they chose.Thanks for the “welcome” David.
I had some guidance from another HM Forum member “Mikey” through private messaging, I believe it is called, that was very helpful to me in making my decision.
To be honest, just about any machine exceeds my capabilities at the moment but I hope to change that. The PM 1236T just seemed to have all the right characteristics for me, I had already gone up a size from the PM 1228 and just wasn’t willing to go up one more to the larger 1340G even though hardened gears, etc. we’re hard to pass-up.
It’s an obvious statement but I think the machine operator is much more important than the machine. When I was about twelve years old my father bought a Crafstman drill press. It was our only “large” power tool for years. I could not leave it alone. Not only did I use it to bore holes, I used it as a drum sander, a “vertical lathe” shaping metal with a file, I even bought a machine vise and used it as a milling machine. I beat the crap out of that machine but I got a tremendous amount of enjoyment out of it and made some pretty nice little projects. It was also a springboard to my interest in metal and woodworking. I guess my point is that the drill press was not a great machine but I knew it inside and out and used it to its limit. I am not exaggerating when I say this new lathe is WAY more capable than I am right now but I hope to know it as I knew that old Craftsman drill press some day. If I outgrow the 1236T, great, I’ll get a bigger and better one but that will not happen for a very long time so I didn’t perseverate over which was absolutely the best machine for me.
The 1236t is basically the same as a 1340GT, just in a (slightly) smaller package and without the hardened gears in the headstock. Had this lathe been available when I was shopping for a lathe, I may have gotten this one instead of my 1340GT. What I do is not hard on my machines, and much of my lathe work could be done on your 9x20.So how is the 1236t?? Can you give us any feedback at this point?? I am dreaming of upgrading my current 9x20 lathe. I've basically decided on either the 1236 w/preffered package or 1236t. There is a Whole Lotta bang for your buck with the standard 1236 coupled with the preffered package. It's probably the most logical choice for my needs but deep down I really want a Tiawanese machine. Of course my dream lathe would be the 1340gt, but I don't need the added capacity nor the hardened gears (ie: can't afford it). That's what makes the 1236t so attractive, it's basically my dream lathe but more within reach.
Oh well, it's all a dream right now anyway but hope I can upgrade someday..
Really pumped to finally find some reviews of this lathe. I asked about this lathe probably a year ago, and while Matt did give some good feedback, there just wasn't anyone to provide a user review. Well I wasn't able to come up with the $$$ needed at that time and am once again considering this lathe. I have two questions which looks like you can easily answer:I had purchased an AXA QCTP when I purchased the Weiss lathe so I put that on the 1236-T for now.