What are these dedicated lathes or dedicated units you guys are always referring to.
To me a dedicated machine would be used in a production type environment and set up with fixtures, stops, maybe form tools and then run by an operator with limited skills. The machine would be left set up this way and adjusted by the set-up man until the entire job has been run thru it.
What is your meaning?
If by a dedicated unit you are referring to a real lathe that is designed to do many operations quickly and efficiently.
I hope you don't mind me calling my leblond lathes and my gorton mill "real"
When someone drops by my shop I show them my two 3in1's then I show them my real lathes and mill. I guess I shouldn't mention them on a 3in1 forum. But I do still use my 3in1"s every once in a while. And it is interesting reading about how some of the machines have been rebuilt and redesigned by their owners. You guys have done some amazing rebuilds.
Keep up the Good Work
and Good Luck