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As some of you know, I have wanted to stop managing H-M for some time.
It's a tremendous strain on my personal life. I want to set up my own shop.
In September, September 15, to be exact, it will be 8 years that Hobby-Machinist has been in existence.
I have been training VTCNC to run things here. Dabbler is going to learn too.
I feel that they are ready to start taking over the operation.
I will be here to help in case they need, but I don't think they will.
Tony Wells is and will be here also to consult with.
I will be doing backups, upgrades, and installing addons.
Other than that, I will not be around.
I am leaving this place in good operating condition, and financial condition.
I've been waiting many years to be the first in line to buy a certain 15" lathe that I adore, so I get it about configuration. If you compare a newGrizzily or whatever lathe at 5K and th TOS lathe, well no contest... Of course you need to get what will make you happy.
BTW, thefirst time I used the 15 incher, I hated it, but over the past 30 years I have grown to love it...
i've used quite a few lathes over the years, and there are the ones you'll hop on to turn a diameter or bore and the ones you prefer for things like threading up to a shoulder. i'm sure someone would get used to anything, but its kind of like buying right handed golf clubs when you're a lefty. i've never personally used a TOS but have read a few times on here that they're good. if someone is reasonably close and at the usual exchange rate it might be an even better deal for someone south of the border. on another note, newer lathes aren't really even a consideration for me, but for some reason neither are those handle set ups. maybe i haven't been on the market long enough. if i haven't picked up a lathe in a year from now it might be a completely different story.
Ill give you my take on the handle on the right , I've run set up and used I don't know how many lathes. But on one large lathe I used we had to use the handle to finish to the set depth , well when red and purple chips land on and in you hand you know why the handles on the right. By choice if I could I'd get the right side model. Shouldn't make a difference to a machinist. We use what we have.
lewey, I am in love with a 1982 LeBlond 15 X 60 Regal Servo Shift lathe. It looks like it came out of the showroom yesterday. It has a Enco 6" 4-way toolpost that indexes 12 positions, and properly tooled is very rigid and fast - a dream to use. It is wayyyy more rigid than an Aloris C sized QCTP (sorry guys), but every tool must be set up to hit center when installed. It has Pratt Bernerd chucks; it has seen about 500 hours total, so ti is just about broken in...