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New to woodturning

I finally made the jump into woodturning. I have been doing woodwork for about eight years now but have never owned a lathe. I had hoped to get a Robust lathe and was willing to pay the price of the lathe but... when I added all of the accessories, crating fee, shipping fee, turning tools, grinder, chucks, jigs for sharpening, and a few other items the total price was going to be almost $11,000.00. That was more than I could justify spending.

I have researched a lot of lathes in the past five or six weeks. I have heard a lot of good things about the PM 3520B. That is the lathe that I decided on. It looks like a good lathe. I bought mine at Woodcraft in Raleigh, NC. There are some good people there. Customer service is great. They helped me load it in my truck and I have it set up in my shop. I am looking forward to turning my first wood this evening. It will probably take me a while to actually make something usefull but I think I will have a lot of fun learning.

Off to the shop to set up a grinder and sharpening jig. After that I can sharpen my tools and then start to practice turning.


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Welcome to the turning forum and congratulations on getting the lathe. That is a great lathe too. I was going to get that one but settled on the Nova DVR XP, and never regretted it. Woodturning is a fun thing but one thing you can't say for it is, it's cheap. Wish you luck and hope to see some pictures of your first turnings here on the forum. Ever need any help just ask here, most turners love to help each other. Mitch
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Welcome,I think you made a pretty good choice there, from what I have heard about them,they are a great lathe.Good luck and lets see some chips a flyin.
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