Got over to Shopmaster this weekend and picked up my machine. JT kept the crate open and gave me a rundown on how all the stuff works. Had some weather issues on the way home and I'm glad I brought along a tarp. Its still sitting in the back of the truck and my next step is to rent a hoist to lift it out and get it setup. The packaging on these things is pretty clever, with the bench legs mounted upside down on the machine and forming a steel frame for the wood crate. It is also a heavy package at 1400# plus some extra tools.
We spent most of the time talking about cars as gearheads usually do. Got some pictures of JT's stock car and saw pics of his crazy 6 wheel Porsche pickup. He's got a nice setup there- nothing fancy, but well laid out. One area is set aside for the machines and preparation and another for the racing stuff. We talked about the guy who complains all the time and he told me his version of the story and then he me showed his spare parts- once again all well organized and pretty complete. We pulled out a couple of the big castings and I shot some pictures. These things are heavy- it takes 2 guys to lift that mill head.
More later when I get my machine all set up.