They do alright for me. I rang them on Tuesday morning and the
replacement gear for the Model B combination lathe was with me this
However now I've got a CVA , a Boxforda Bridgeport and a Centec the
Model B has to find a new home. I have to say it has served me well for
a number of jobs over the last few years, I think you learn more from
working with a machine with limitations but there is a limit, bigger
machines move more metal much quicker and are more accurate.
I would not put that combination together in general. You need a big
machine to plough out heavy cuts, but that does not necessarily mean
they are more accurate ;) I have to admit to roughing out with the
Centurion and finishing on the Taig, but it simply depends on the size
of the job. While a Bridgeport would be nice as you say "you learn more
from working with a machine with limitations" and in general can still
achieve the same level of accuracy.
The Chester machines need a little persuasion to perform well which for
me has been part of the 'learning curve' :)
( and the service does seem to be improving )
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