I ordered my PM1236 on March 10, 2009 and it arrived July 25, 2009.
The wait was on China.
When the guys in Penn got the lathe they put DRO on it and had it out the door in days.
I never seem to stop making tooling , buying tooling, and modifying the lathe.
when you guys buy a new lathe and get it running, you really ought to check the level on it every couple weeks till it quits changing (all normally will change a little bit till the bed settles in). Another thing I've ran into with scales installed by the middle men is that they often need realigning after shipment. From end to end shoot for about .0005" ontop and the sides. This makes the grid lines on the glass as narrow as you can get them; making the scales even more precise. Also if you buy a new lathe with scales; pop the end caps off the scales and shine a brite flashlight down them to check for clearence between the reader head and the glass rib inside them. I've seen more than a few that were touching, and if you crank the slide you ruin the scale. This may save you a lot of grief down the road.
About once or twice a year check the spindle nose for runout. If you see more than when itwas new, you simply need to tighten the bearings a little bit (not too much). Normally after about a hundred hours of use you need to readjust the bearings anyway as they break in.