Had a friend of mine try to turn pens on a metal lathe. He got so frustrated with it. I loaned him my Delta midi. After the first pen he bought it. He didn't want to give it back. So I got a Rikon with the 12" swing. I agree with Don just get the proper tools. Sounds to me like they were trying to get rid of some metal lathes.
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