I've been drooling over acquiring a sliding head lathe for the past few months but have been frustrated with the lack of info online on older models. The L32 isn't too old and I've found some decent info on Cincom's UK dist'r site, but I haven't been able to find much on the E series machines which are a fair bit older. It seems to me that the main differences of mid '90's E series machines and the L series machines is turret vs gang style tooling (E vs. L).
I can see the gang style tooling being a lot quicker than tool changing, but is the difference that great when you've got two turrets which can have the next tool queued up for the next operation? Later E series machines have twin turrets which I think might be faster than a gang setup machine if the tools are arranged in alternating order between turrets. Also, the twin turrets have a much greater capacity for live tools: 20 spots between two turrets) vs. 4 stations on the gang post on the L32. I find that I spend more time setting up live tools than fixed tools so I think it would save me time being able to leave them up on the turret instead of having to swap them out of the few spots available in the L series machines.
I have to assume that there was some strong advantage to a gang style layout over the twin turret setup as the twin turret seems to be disappearing in later models.
Does anyone here have experience with E series and L series Citizen lathes? I'm trying to compare between used E32 VI and a L32 IV machines for an upcoming acquisition.