I have decided on my lathe upgrade. I'm definitely certain that I'm going to get the PM-1228VF-LB lathe. It has all the features I need, some really fantastic upgrades, and some really nice to have features (like digital tach) that I don't currently have. I'm only a few hundred $$ away from pulling the trigger. ........Then I spotted the PM-1236-T ultra precision model. It is missing some of those "nice to have" features like the digital tach, but adds in some others like the power control rod (whatever the third leadscrew for turning on the power is called). Not only that, but it's a whopping 360 lbs heavier AND has an 18" swing in the gap bed. I mean, this could be the type of lathe that lasts a person a lifetime. Add in the super thick spindle, tapered spindle bearings, etc- for a hobbiest could there be a more full featured bench lathe? Yet I find absolutely zero information on it. I can't find any threads here or otherwise on these ultra precision models. I don't find any youtube hits. Really, it's only the product page itself on their website. It's funny- I started wanting the 1022V but talked myself up to the 1127VF-LB. Then I decided that actually the quick change gear box (and a few other things, but mainly the gearbox) on the 1228VF-LB was worth the upgrade. Here I am thinking about yet another more expensive model. Is there a question here? Well... I'm not sure. Maybe just a discussion. Perhaps along the lines: Do you think the "ultra precision" model is worth the $1K price difference? Do you think my reasoning that while the 1228VF-LB is a great lathe, the 1236-T might just be a "lifetime" kind of lathe- again, for the hobbiest? Do you know of any information on this lathe other than what's on the PM website? Thanks!!