3520B Lathe

A new generation Powermatic can run anywhere between $4999 & $9999, and if this unit was reconditioned, it could easily be worth double. Download this FREE e-Book filled with useful advice on woodworking tool and wood selection, finding woodworking plans, and more. This Powermatic wood lathe also provides you with forward and reverse spinning options that enable you to easily apply finishing touches to your project without any hassles. The Powermatic 4224 woodworking lathe will provide you with the necessary speed that you will need to complete your project.

If the motor is too small to cut heavy items, the shaping tool may chatter or the piece may bog down leading to damage of the product. The Powermatic 4224 wood lathe measures 26.75 x 60.0 x 75.0 inches and weighs 848 pounds. I also evaluated the tailstocks and live centers, and tested how each lathe performed both on small and large workpieces. At some point the lathe was put out to pasture, enduring many rainy seasons in Northern California.

Even your good cuts will be jagged, you’ll sand a lot more and after a short while, you’ll probably get frustrated and the tool will gather dust. If the lathe is not smooth, the tools will dig into the wood, you’ll get chip out. Either way the money spent on that 110 volt lathe and a ton more on tools is all just wasted money. There is also a 5-star review of the Powermatic 4224 lathe on Rockler’s website. There are numerous factors to take into consideration before purchasing a quality wood lathe.

The Powermatic 3520B Lathe has a separate indexing system in the form of a screw-in pin that goes in one of four holes surrounding the spindle to access up to 36 positions. I found it easiest to completely assemble and tune the variable speed drive before the lathe was mounted on the base. There are a variety of wood lathe types you can choose from (as showcased below), and your choice of them will determine what type of wood items you can create. Intricate work might require smaller cone pulleys as well as a bench top or mini lathe, but big hardwood planks and logs need heavy-duty cone pulley action the multiple-horsepower stationary lathe.

The extraordinary quality of construction and design along with its large capacities mean the Powermatic 3520B Lathe is a machine that will last you forever and serve the needs of your children with ease. On many versions of this tool, one side of the tool locates a diagonal line on a square stock and the other side locates a diagonal line on a round stock. If you can, use the manufactures stand because it was created to be used with that tool. The Powermatic 4224B is the newest member of the industry-leading family of lathes.

My current lathe uses the same locking approach and I’ve never found it an issue, so perhaps it’s nothing to worry about, but the banjo of the 42xx model has a nicer clamping mechanism. While the tailstock on the Powermatic 3520B Lathe appears normal in shape, it is anything but. The capacity, capabilities and high-end quality of the Powermatic 3520B Lathe make this a worthy investment and a very good way to save money. This tool falls under the cheap lathe tools category and is a must have in your woodworking kit.

Tenon tools can be useful to get a nice, clean, sharp and accurate 90 degree inside angle corner for delicate turnings. I guess I’ve read just about every blog post and review on wood turning lathes, but still found it hard to decide. There are many wood lathe chisels, and chisel sets let you get a variety of some mandatory or greatly needed chisels. Many woodturners prefer the largest wood lathes so that they can tackle the biggest projects. The PSI Woodworking TCLC10VS Lathe is considered one of the best wood lathes around because of the control it provides you.


Reduce Fatigue – Pressure goes into the tool rest so your body doesn’t get tired as quickly which equals more turning time. The pure heft of the Powermatic 3520B Lathe makes it exceptionally stable without stacking on additional weight. Meanwhile, the levers are quick release, which enables woodworkers to position the tailstock and tool rest correctly and effortlessly every time. The free shipping from Amazon was fast – only took a few days to get the lathe once the order was placed. No bevels to learn – Our tools are held flat on the rest and parallel to the floor. The 3520B Powermatic wood lathe has a digital speed readout, and the 2 HP motor is reversible.

Schwaiger reports that, since 2008, lathe sales have grown absolutely for us while other tool categories followed recessionary trends. Special ordering your Oneway lathe directly from Oneway with a 1-1/4 threads will save you a lot of headaches and money in the long run. This could cause too much force at once and lead to binding of the tool in the groove. All that remained was bolting on the tool caddy and sliding the banjo and tailstock onto the bed.

If you don’t understand the 1-phase/3-phase stuff, suffice it to say that the included inverter makes hooking the Powermatic 3520B Lathe up in your shop simple. M8 seems far too small for a lathe of this size, but I suppose if they are only used to even up differences of a few millimetres or so then they should probably be OK; I would have prefered something more substantial though – at least M12. If you need more than 20″ of swing then get a PM 3520B with the 18″ Bed Extension ($450 on 7/26/2015). There are many considerations you need to keep in mind when searching for the right wood lathe machine.

A piece of all thread is slipped through the spindle, various washers and wood spacers are used to apply pressure where I need it and keep undue stress off the bearings. It is a complete mystery to me why the manufacturers of wood lathes don’t think it is important that the headstock and tailstock line up. My 9×20 metal was cheaper than the WL46 wood lathe and has a beautifully cast and ground cast iron V shaped bed that the (adjustable) tailstock slides on. It’s a category for Powermatic that seems relatively insulated from the fits and starts of a volatile economy.

I remember Powermatic was in that situation years ago until they hired Rude Osolnik as a consultant and it still took a couple of iterations. I don’t think anybody in the US is better equipped for doing small runs of machine parts than I am now. Order the banjo directly from Oneway via there web site under Non-Oneway Lathe Update Options” I have a Oneway banjo on my PM3520B and people love it! The tailstock quill has 75mm travel which is ideal for drilling operations on the lathe. The preferred tool for insides is a fingernail profile gouge, but I like EZ wood tools too.

Most wood lathes are quite similar, but there can sometimes be significant differences between models. Designed to be kept flat on the tool rest and level to the floor, the Easy Rougher will effortlessly hog away massive amounts of material for any woodturning process without the need for sharpening. I have a Powermatic Model 90, single phase 110 power, 6 (six) face plates, 2 (two) 1 1/2 x 8 to 1 1/4 x 8 spindle adapters. If you find a lathe you like and this is not included, make it your first accessory.

The I don’t know if the tailstock spindle screws are the same in the PM 90 and PM 45, but I repaired my PM 90 screw and replaced the bearing last winter. As for the cast-iron Rockler Mini Lathe, it’s another lathe in the same vein as the RIKON Mini Lathe, but with several unique specs that make it stand out. With a little machining and welding a new screw can be fabbed from the blade elevation screw from an older Craftsman lathe without needing to cut the lefthand Acme threads.

The headstock on the Powermatic 3520B Lathe does not pivot but can be positioned anywhere along the bed. Mini wood lathes are much smaller than standard lathes, and they are meant to allow more precision for smaller intricate items. Originally designed with the help of a legendary wood turner, the late Rude Osolnik, the 3520A was a good lathe with a few faults. The speed control is great there no chatter in the lathe and run so smooth I LOVE IT. Wished I had bought one a long time ago. Motor: The size of the machine’s motor determines how quickly the wood can be cut.

If you can get a good buy on the powermatic it should last you a lifetime and you should have a great time turning anything you wish to turn. The cast-iron construction is what gives this great lathe stability and solidity which helps a lot when you turn heavy unbalanced workpieces. As good as the RIKON Mini Lathe is, if you want power you go with something like the JET JWL-1221VS It’s the truly heavy duty lathe you want for heavy duty woodworking. Once you deal with the weight issue safely, setting up the Powermatic 3520B Lathe is remarkably fast and simple. The Laguna Revo 1836 looks like the old Delta 16-42 Steel Bed lathe with a different headstock.