In the millwrights we called em Beaters. Had to be minimum 2.5 lbs.
This was carried up to 16 lbs when they were rated as sledge hammers.
No! Not 8lb 10lb or even 12lb with a long handle. Still beaters.
Spent many hours swinging a 20 lb sledge while balancing on a turbine shell.
Then came the hydraulic wrenches and they were the best thing since fire was invented.
Sorry. Just needed to ramble.
Never felt the need. Does it make the machine any more accurate, or does it just compensate for lack of machinist skills. It's a bit like driving a car with auto trans, you're not driving only stearing it.I find it very strange that no one have mentioned digital readout, it's one of the very best upgrades you can make for your lathe (and mill for that matter)
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