2nd Operation Lathe?

Hi Guys,
Please forgive me if this is a stupid question, but what is a second
operation lathe? I have a nice Circa 1980 South Bend Heavy 10 lathe. Well
tooled, but I a have the bug, and I am always looking for a larger more
rigid lathe. I am always perusing ebay and local ads for lathes. I come
across a lot of Hardinge 2nd operation lathes and I am confused by the term.
Would love to get my hands on a LeBlond, Clausing, Hardinge, Pratt & Whitney
or Monarch to compliment my SB.
Thanks for the insight.
Joe...
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JB
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If you are looking for a large heavy lathe you don't want a second op. It's a small light weight lathe used for finishing off parts roughed out on larger lathes. They often have a turret tailstock. Only useful for production work and now obsolete due to cnc lathes that work faster and cheaper.
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Gary
Thanks for the insight Gary.
Joe...
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JB

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