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    Hi,
    My first post on this great site. Lots of great work here.
    Looking to get back in the hobby/lifestyle.
    Anybody have opinions on Smithy Mills and Lathes?

    In particular, LX-329 (925 lb beast) and LZ-239 Lathe (850 lb).

    I have seen alot of posts on the 3-1 machines already but not
    on the dedicated stuff. Both of these seem pricey, but I don't have a lot of real estate in my garage.

    Also, are belt-driven machines smoother running than direct-drive
    mechanisms in terms of detecting smoother finishes or is it more knowing
    your machine.

    Last time I used a Mill (Bridgeport) and Lathe was in college.

  • #2
    Doug,
    I had a buddy, now deceased, who had a Smithy lathe, about 12" swing, IIRC. Only ran it once or twice, not exensively at that, but my impression was favorable.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Doug Sudjian
      Hi,
      My first post on this great site. Lots of great work here.
      Looking to get back in the hobby/lifestyle.
      Anybody have opinions on Smithy Mills and Lathes?

      In particular, LX-329 (925 lb beast) and LZ-239 Lathe (850 lb).

      I have seen alot of posts on the 3-1 machines already but not
      on the dedicated stuff. Both of these seem pricey, but I don't have a lot of real estate in my garage.

      Also, are belt-driven machines smoother running than direct-drive
      mechanisms in terms of detecting smoother finishes or is it more knowing
      your machine.

      Last time I used a Mill (Bridgeport) and Lathe was in college.
      i own both the lx and lz machines for about 8 years now and fitted with dro's they will do some very nice work. the only regret i have is that i wish the lathe was about 2 feet longer.
      robert williams
      hattiesburg,ms

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      • #4
        Robert,
        Thanks for the confidence building.
        The reason the Lz-329 mill initially impressed me was that for that size is like 150lb heavier than an equivalent sized mill. I did not realize these products from Smithy where so mature, another good thing.
        Doug

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