I would love to have the handle of the X axis on the front of the machine like the new patriots. I have the Tri Power.
Had anyone done this?
I've looked at the picture of the Patriot and see that one handle is moved from the right end to the table. Is that the handle for the x or y feed? (I define x to be parallel to ways.)
I find that turning the handles on my TriPower when I'm turning small parts or milling on the headstock side of a part is a real pain. As such I mostly use the power feed while watching the DRO but I would like to do more with the cranks.
I've thought about adding two extra cranks that would gear drive the drive screews but in my thinking I've only figured out how they could be attached to the drive screws as they come out of the headstock. As such they would not move with the table and not be effective when milling so I've not detailed the idea.