kb58 just got a new PM mill but I'm not sure which lathe he owns.Not sure how I should reply to this, or if it is even worth my time. I'll bet my lunch money that kb58 has no clue about PM machines, but he's already decided what people own them are like. I think you wasted your time Mikey.
It wasn't much of a bet, as I had to retire early and I'm poor now. McDonalds OK?Hope you eat lunch at expensive places!
Anyway, fair enough, seems that makes two of us making groundless assertions.
The PM-1440gt (and I believe the 1340gt) are made in the same factory as Eisen. The PM-1440gt head was designed and built specifically for Precision Mathews and is unique in that regard with the D1-5 spindle and 2" spindle bore. The gearbox, bed, carriage and tail stock are common to some of the Eisen lathes.Matt M: I have a PM1022 lathe. Not in the same league as you but it is Chinese and "ok" at best. I also bought a PM833T mill and being made in Tiawan the fit and finish is noticeably better.
If I were you, I would look at the 1440. Matt from Precision Matthews has superb customer service, which is certainly worth something when dealing with machinery. My next lathe will either be the 1340GT or 1440GT.
Also, I recently discovered Eisen Machinery which has Tiwain made machines. I am trying to compare them and PM but it is laborious getting an accurate comparison. I have read good things about Eisen too. Of the 1440's I was trying to compare, it seemed that Eisen was a good deal cheaper, but cannot confirm that all specs are apples to apples. Not much help I know but...
I am unsure what the curve ball is, you have not indicated the parameters/type of work you will be doing and price range. Looks like a screw on chuck, what threads can it cut (i.e. do you need metric), no foot brake, how are you going to power the 5 Hp motor assuming it is 3 phase..... As JBOLT outlined it is a crap shoot buying used machines unless you know specifically what you want, why you want it and are able to thoroughly evaluate the condition. Otherwise you are probably buying a boat anchor.I sure am learning a lot. OK, now here is a curve ball:
$11,000.00 seems a little high, but looking at the Taiwan machines it is not that much higher. I won't pay 11k but if I could get it somewhere around 7or8 I might bite.Completely rebuilt LeBlond Lathe. Fifty six inches (56") between centers. Five hp motor. Three and four jaw chucks and tail stock chuck. Live center. Built in the USA. Lots of extras. Call for more...medford.craigslist.org