I have been working as a machinist for over 14 yrs on and off . Ran manual mills and lathes , CNC mills and lathes . From mechanical screw machines to 4 axis lathe . Most experience being on a lathe . I now work on some retrofitted VTL's made as early as 1950 . The largest having a 62" table with a height under the ram of 74" and a stroke of 60" . The parts I recently been working on weigh upwards of 3500lbs . The smallest I have made in the last 3 yrs. is 100lbs . Mostly aluminum and some stainless and steel .
Part in the pic is a damaged pump from the gulf . Last years hurricane and salt water did it in before it was ever used . There went a couple million dollars . There was 32 of them from Exxon . I wondered why we pay so much for gas.