Things to look at/scrutinize on PM 4224

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Forum topic by jschmitz1949 posted 02-09-2017 07:52 PM 696 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-09-2017 07:52 PM

i’m going to look at a 4224 in the next few days, and wanted to poll the community to see if there are any specific things to look at with a fine eye. The unit is the original 4224 (not a ‘b’).

News of this unit came through a coworker who’s neighbor needs to sell the unit for health reasons. I had planned to upgrade lathes in the next few years, but wasn’t actively looking right now. My main reasons to upgrade in the mid-term future were for greater diameter capability, larger motor, and heavier unit to better handle unbalanced pieces. I know this unit meets all those criteria, and would probably provide everything I would ever need in the future. Is there anything I need to be cautious about on these units and need to evaluate closely?

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#1 posted 02-10-2017 02:15 PM

Powermatic lathes are pretty much bullet proof. If it looks clean, and if all movable parts slide on the ways, it’s should be good to go. Start it, and listen for any noise. It should be pretty quite except for fan noise on the motor. Other than that, get some help to move it. Be prepared to move it in pieces. Pack the headstock securely if the VFD is attached to it.
You didn’t say what the price is. Care to share that bit? Just nosy.
If you do decide to get it, you’re gonna love it. ............. Jerry (in Tucson)

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#3 posted 02-12-2017 02:12 PM

Well, the lathe wouldn’t run when I got there. The owner hadn’t run it in 2+ yrs due to health complications, and didn’t check it before I came. He’s going to call me when he gets it operating, but I have my doubts on it now. He said that had never happened, and was genuinely perplexed (all breakers were fine, but he didn’t have anything else to check the power source). He did mention that if he ever went long periods w/o turning he would sometimes have to jog the power and hit run on the inverter box.

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#4 posted 02-12-2017 03:58 PM

Well, the lathe wouldn’t run when I got there.

Hmmm … looks like the price just went down! I would offer him $2k.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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