I have been looking to upgrade my current lathe for a little while now. I started on an HF 7x12 to learn the ropes, decide if I liked machining, and see if I was any good at it. After spending at least 250 hours in 5 months on it, I decided that I liked it and wanted to move on to bigger and better things. I sold the HF lathe and this Wednesday (7/27) I ordered the 1030v with QCTP. I got the call from the UPS terminal this morning (7/29) that it is ready for me to pick up. I had heard of long wait times but that thing got here in a day and a half. (Pittsburgh to NC). I will be going shortly to pick it up and I will post pics later of everything is anyone is interested. The plan is to have UPS drop in on a trailer, back the trailer into the garage where it is going, then slide it off the trailer in front of the bench. I am going to see if my brother, my dad, and myself can lift it 3.5 feet up onto the bench but if that fails, I have a reservation for an engine hoist tomorrow. I sent 8 emails back and forth with Matt at PM and he answered a whole ton of questions for me and I don't think any of the responses took more than an hour. If anyone has any ideas for getting the lathe up onto the bench without an engine hoist, I would be happy to listen. I was thinking of trying to rig something up with a 3 ton floor jack that will get it about 2.5 feet, then placing the lathe on jack stands and finding a way to lift the jack up off the floor and lift it the last 1 foot. I am not willing to risk damaging a $2000 machine though to save $20 on a hoist rental so if it seems at all sketchy, I will abandon that idea.