I thought this forum was about shoptask lathes not paint jobs. You don't really think people believe you anymore without pictures do you. Its over with the scam is to old to play guys. You need to start producing legit pictures of your machines. You have had plenty of chances . You look awful stupid complaining about the color of my machine.
They can go back in the posts and see the pictures a year ago so stop trying to change the subject that you don't own a machine and you made it up.
Anyone can see JT doesn't have a camera that good. Have you noticed the detail my camera offers. That is just low resolution so I can post it on this site. I can only assume that JT got tired of tearing every machine down so he is back selling them as they are shipped. People will be angry as soon as the try to use the machines. I see that you two have ran out of things to start trouble with . You really need to buy machines now to show people you deserve to post here on this forum.
When I first got my 1720, a friend had one of the Smithy models- not sure of the number, but it was blue. It had a threading dial carriage, and as a lathe it was actually pretty good. It was a little easier to thread with for those few odd jobs when a tap or die wouldn't work. As a mill it was very limited, that was why I chose the Shoptask. Since you are still deciding on which machine to buy, I would suggest you look at one of the brands that have the thread dial, or maybe a separate lathe and mill.
Make yourself a rear spindle handle and spin by hand; unplug your machine. Engage leadscrew, stay engaged. Nice and slow and doable.