I am in the process of buying some tooling for my lathes, looking at the Aloris type quick change tool sets.
I have a Sheldon with a 10" swing, and a South Bend 9C, which is a 9" swing.
Of course the South Bend requires the AXA set, for a 6-12" swing. The BXA, with its minimum of 10" will work on the Sheldon. Presently I have a hodge podge of the lantern type tool posts for both machines, but have gotten spoiled over the years by the quick change stuff.
You can get the tool post and 5 toolholders in sets, planned on getting the AXA set for the South Bend. I am thinking I will go ahead and get two sets, one for each machine.
But I am also wondering if I would be better off to go with the BXA set for the Sheldon. Interchangeable tooling is the advantage of staying with both AXA sets, although the center height is different for each. I was just wondering if it would be better to go with the BXA set for the second set since it is a little heavier. I have lots of 3/4" boring bars in the shop, which I understand will work with both sets, but 3/4" is on the upper end of the AXA capabilies.
Once upon a time I had debated selling the South Bend, still may, but right now I figure it might be handy to keep two lathes in the shop.
Just wondering what everyone's thoughts are on this? Thanks.