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Lathe question- older powermatic

Thinking about looking into getting a Powermatic that has become available. I know green was the basic color, but this one is gold. My thinking was that 45's were gold and not the 90's. am I right?!

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Ok, found out about this lathe and decided not to go on it. Hope I'm not breaking rules--- But if anyone is looking check govdeals.com.
1 hp, 220v, hasn't been used in while, located in Venus, Tx

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They are good solid lathes but really much better for spindle turning. They don't have much swing and the low speeds are not very low. They also use a Reeves drive for variable speed which means you can only adjust the speed while the lathe is running. This sucks when you turn the lathe off at high rpm when doing a spindle and then want to mount a bowl. You have to remember to turn the lathe on without anything on it, and then lower the speed to get ready for the bowl. Not a real big deal but can be dangerous. They are solid enough to last forever however.
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