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 Post subject: Powermatic 90?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 12:46 am 
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Does any one have any experience with the Powermatic 90.
I'm looking at one the asking price is $800.
SWMBO is not happy with that, I may be able to get it cheaper.

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I had to do a little hunting to find out what a "90" was since the only two lathes I know of on the market at the moment are the 24-45 and 24-42 (guessing on the latter). If your find is in good shape it's probably a nice piece of machinery since it's a vintage piece of Powermatic. Here's a link to a page where the guy did a neat resto on one.

http://vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/ ... px?id=6994
His doesn't sound like it was in all that great a shape from the description of the work he had to do on it. I'd give it a thumbs up just fer braggin' rights if it's all together and runs like it's supposed to.

Be sure to check the headstock bearings for wear. Are the ways in good shape - not knicked up or rusty? Any tooling come with it? Like live center, spur drive and so forth? Is it a common taper in the head & tailstock? (Morse 2 is most common as I'm sure you know)

Wow ...

Post a photo when you've got it set up!

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Great old iron, but it has to be complete to be worth 5-600 in my book. The class of Reeves drive 12" lathes it's in normally goes for that price range. You'll want to bandsaw your bowl attempts fairly closely with the minimum rpm for that machine.

Accessories should be rated at 50% of retail to see if they approach the asking.


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