Powermatic 3520A

Powermatic 3520A

Post by Maxpro » Sat, 06 Mar 2004 14:02:46



I would really appreciate hearing from any of you Powermatic owners out
there.

Yesterday, while speaking with a pleasant individual about the 3520A, this
person attributed the following statement to a rather well-known
professional turner:  "The only way to stop a Powermatic 3520 from vibrating
is to turn it off."

What's the story on that?  Is there any truth?  I'm seriously considering
upgrading to this machine, and I'd appreciate knowing if there's any
validity to the statement.

Thanx,
Max

 
 
 

Powermatic 3520A

Post by Matt Heffro » Sat, 06 Mar 2004 15:15:34


Max,
I have the 3520A and love it.
As far as vibration, it DOES vibrate with an out of balance blank, but all lathes will.
It has SO MUCH less vibration than my old Grizzly that the first thing I turned on it was
a small goblet (3.5" tall 2" diameter) that I got down to about half a millimeter thick,
(because it was THAT stable).
Another member of the local AAW chapter has just bought FIVE of them for his shop where he
gives classes.

Matt Heffron
Inland Woodturners
http://www.inlandwoodturners.org/


Quote:
> I would really appreciate hearing from any of you Powermatic owners out
> there.

> Yesterday, while speaking with a pleasant individual about the 3520A, this
> person attributed the following statement to a rather well-known
> professional turner:  "The only way to stop a Powermatic 3520 from vibrating
> is to turn it off."

> What's the story on that?  Is there any truth?  I'm seriously considering
> upgrading to this machine, and I'd appreciate knowing if there's any
> validity to the statement.

> Thanx,
> Max


 
 
 

Powermatic 3520A

Post by j.dupri » Sat, 06 Mar 2004 21:20:40


Mine doesn't vibrate at all unless theres an out-of round piece on it......
I've had it for long enough that I can't remember exactly when I got it (3-5
years), and I still haven't gotten around to adding weight or a shelf to the
bottom.........
--JD


Quote:
> I would really appreciate hearing from any of you Powermatic owners out
> there.

> Yesterday, while speaking with a pleasant individual about the 3520A, this
> person attributed the following statement to a rather well-known
> professional turner:  "The only way to stop a Powermatic 3520 from
vibrating
> is to turn it off."

> What's the story on that?  Is there any truth?  I'm seriously considering
> upgrading to this machine, and I'd appreciate knowing if there's any
> validity to the statement.

> Thanx,
> Max

 
 
 

Powermatic 3520A

Post by Mike Pauls » Sun, 07 Mar 2004 00:39:49


The Powermatic is a fine lathe.  It's not the ultimate best, but it
doesn't cost that much, either, and is certainly the best in its price
range - smooth, powerfull, *AND* it has a sliding headstock, a huge plus
in my opinion.  You won't see ME in a ridiculous posture sitting on the
bed to make hollow forms.  I slide the headstock over and work off the
end.  That's better than walking around to the other side and working
outboard like some lathes would have you do.

-mike paulson, fort collins, co

Quote:

>I would really appreciate hearing from any of you Powermatic owners out
>there.

>Yesterday, while speaking with a pleasant individual about the 3520A, this
>person attributed the following statement to a rather well-known
>professional turner:  "The only way to stop a Powermatic 3520 from vibrating
>is to turn it off."

>What's the story on that?  Is there any truth?  I'm seriously considering
>upgrading to this machine, and I'd appreciate knowing if there's any
>validity to the statement.

>Thanx,
>Max

 
 
 

Powermatic 3520A

Post by Maxpro » Sun, 07 Mar 2004 12:52:18


Quote:

> Max,
> I have the 3520A and love it.
> As far as vibration, it DOES vibrate with an out of balance blank, but all
lathes will.
> It has SO MUCH less vibration than my old Grizzly that the first thing I
turned on it was
> a small goblet (3.5" tall 2" diameter) that I got down to about half a
millimeter thick,
> (because it was THAT stable).
> Another member of the local AAW chapter has just bought FIVE of them for
his shop where he
> gives classes.

> Matt Heffron
> Inland Woodturners
> http://www.inlandwoodturners.org/

Matt,

I found a number of other personal evaluations on various sites on the Net,
and they pretty much concur with your opinion.  If the opinion voiced to me
hadn't been from such a noted turner, I'd have discounted it out of hand.
Of course this was a hearsay report, so who knows about the veracity.

I'm about 90% convinced that my next lathe with be a 3520A.  It no doubt
compares favorably with machines costing another grand, which makes it a bit
of a bargain.

Thanks,

Max