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#1 posted 11-22-2019 07:20 PM

I have a Luguana 18-36 and I am pretty happy with it. There are some things I would like to change, but all in all for the price it is unequaled. If I would have had a 4500.00 budget, knowing what I know now, I think I would look at the powermatic 35-20. Maybe the grass is greener on the other side, but I have turned on one multiple tiimes and it seems very nice. The Laguana has a lousy positioning for the speed control and is easy to bump, but I needed wheels and the Powermatic wheels are not well designed in my mind, but if you can sit it down and basically never move it, it is an extremely nice lathe. I also did not have a metal lathe at the time, so I made some adapters for the 5/8 post tools rest with files, they seem to be the right size but worked terrible. The tool rest tightener is really touchy… retrospect, get rid of anything that is not a 1” tool post, at least if you have a Laguana.

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