[QUOTE=Frank Fusco;18379]. First impression: massive and real solid.
1. When running it seemed strange how the speed built up, like a jet engine revving. Weird.
1A. I think this is a function of the speed controller.
2A. Think of it as a portability issue, its much easier to move it if you first remove some of the mass.
3.The live center was about 6" long, effectively making working length shorter and with a chuck, there wasn't much left with a larger piece.
3A. I don't have an answer for this accept to question, is the LC more heavy duty the others?
4. The headstock doesn't swivel for outboard turning. (my Grizzly does ) This means the tail stock must be removed, headstock slid down to work from end. That restricts placement in a shop which might not be feasible for everyone.
4A. Doesn't this make for a much stronger mounting for the headstock?
5.The headstock morse taper wouldn't stay in place, hammering required frequently. Seems chintzy for a, supposedly, high grade machine. But, when/if time comes for me to upgrade the PM will still be on list of those to consider.
5A. Maybe the MT need to be clean, run a little emory cloth inside the MT & over the outside of the taper it may have some fine burs.
"Forget the flat stuff slap something on the spinny thing and lets go, we're burning daylight" Bart Leetch
"If it ain't round you may be a knuckle dragger""Turners drag their nuckles too, they just do it at a higher RPM"Bart