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    sell 1642 for 3520?

    I have the Jet 1642-2 and am considering selling it for the Powermatic 3520. Have any of you done such a thing and did you wish you never did it. I don't have the room for both and I also have a Jet 1014 taking up space. Am I crazy for maybe doing this or is it the best idea yet?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I don't think you're crazy. I have a plain old 1642 (non-EVS) and would have done the same thing last fall except the 3250 deal fell through.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Yer not crazy. There are capability differences between the two. Check them out, as I'm sure you already have, and decide if your turning interests are limited by your current lathe.
    If it just a matter of 'want', then, by all means, you MUST buy the PM and probably a new pick up truck at the same time.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    London, Ontario
    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    If it just a matter of 'want', then, by all means, you MUST buy the PM and probably a new pick up truck at the same time.
    Quick, someone frame this and put it on the wall.

    We've got a winner here, folks!
    There's usually more than one way to do it... ........

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    Frank funny you should mention the pickup truck. I am in the market for a small pickup. Need a wood hauler.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Dennis one other thing I always look at. Is it a want or is it a need? Another thing to look at is if you are going to sell say for example bowls you turn. I don't know about your area but every bowl I have turned over 16" I have had to give away or donate to a charity auction. I still have two 18.5" bowls that I have $35 price on them and they are still sitting at the Gallery now for over 2 yrs.
    Bernie W.

    Retirement: Thats when you return from work one day
    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Ashburn, VA
    Several years ago I had the itch for a 3520b and sold the 1642-2 that I had owned for several years to buy a 3520b. The answer to your question is; It depends on much you value/can spare the $1000 PLUS difference it will probably cost you. The 3520b is a real honey and the last lathe I'll ever buy. It's much heavier duty and can better handle larger bowl work, larger hollow forms, etc. However the 1642-2 really served me well and I had zero complaints with it. In short, if you are not doing stuff that challenges the diameter capacity of the 1642 why bother. That said, I have not been sorry that I made the move, so I guess I haven't helped answer the question. Either way you are blessed to have such good equipment (see the Moroccan turner with the bow lathe). Good luck with the decision. By the way, I found turning 12" and larger bowls significantly easier on the 3520b P.S. I have not added ballast to either lathe when using them. Dale

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    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    The only thing I got to add is that you can drop off both the Jets here to make room for the new PM
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
    Stupid hurts.

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    I want to thank all of you for your ansewers. After reading these and from another forum I do believe that the 3520 is a want and not a need. I am going to keep the Jet for now and have already started making my extra tool list. My first stop was with Monster tools and then I talked with Doug.
    Thanks Again

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Congrats on your decision Dennis

    Remember, we need pictures of the new lathe when it gets there!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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