I expect to be in the market for a 14" gear head lathe in the near future. Possibly new, but? Any comments on Jet or Birmingham? Others? Basic use is just for machining mostly round stuff from 6061T6 Aluminum and 4130 steel, but I do like a large spindle bore. Presently have a 16X40 Victor but it needs an overhaul and I don't have the time or experience needed. I am definitely not a machinist. I would of course like to utilize some of the tooling already bought for the Victor. I have a static phase converter as well as a rotary phase converter. I think that I would like to go single phase as the rotary converter does make a bit of noise. I will be putting a two axis DRO on the beast. Comments??
16 years ago