Apropos of the omniturn Q's, I wonder what the cheapest Y axis/live tooling lathe would, run both new and used. A new Omni 75 runs about $32K, plus $3K for a C axis, + ___ for their zip bar feeder.
I wonder, tho, why omni offers a C axis, but no live tooling? What can you do with a C axis and no live tooling? Does omni figger you'll add yer own air-powered tools or sumpn?
Inyway, I wondered if it would be possible to get a decent used Y axis lathe for what all the above would cost new? I get occasional emails from Kevin Murphy, mebbe that would be a good start. I just hate talking to salespeeple, tho. Also, I feel so guilty when I don't buy.... and pissed when I do buy..... goodgawd.....