Possible lathe purchase... is it worth it

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Forum topic by Woodaddict79 posted 03-09-2019 07:08 PM 415 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-09-2019 07:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: powermatic pm90 lathe

Looking at a Powermatic 90
supposedly has a 5HP 3PH motor in it.
Device no longer has the PM plate with Serial number on it.
Does not currently have a VFD installed.

Seller is asking 700$


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#1 posted 03-09-2019 08:03 PM

Even if it was in great shape, that is oo much, and 5hp is way too big for that lathe (they shipped with 1hp).


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 03-09-2019 08:15 PM

Yeah, I figured the motor would be replaced right away. But wasn’t sure about the price in general.

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#3 posted 03-10-2019 10:51 AM

No can answer whether PM90 worth $700 or not without seeing if all components present and hearing it run.

A complete orignal PM 90 in excellent shape with lot of extras thrown in might be worth that much depending upon what you want to turn. A completely rebuilt PM 90 with lot of extras thrown in same thing. Still have to see & hear run.

If want a lathe with VFD and this one does not would pass on this lathe at that price.

-- Bill

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