Originally I planned to buy the Taig Micro Lathe with the most basic setup, and gradually add new accessories as needed. In fact, I already bought the AC motor, as well as a variable speed DC motor that I took out from a treadmill, and was ready to order the Taig when I found this used one in the local buy & sell, with many accessories, including both a 3-jaw and 4-jaw chuck, milling attachment with optional vice, set of collets, a few tool posts and some tool bits already included in my wish list, for hundreds of dollars less than new. The only thing I was hoping to have included were some end-mill cutters, but that's not a big deal.
The whole setup is very small. All fits on a small table and does not take up a lot of space.
I am really excited. It has been my dream to own a machine that I can actually use to make stuff, instead of most tools that I use to fix stuff. Now all I need is to find a place to buy some metal stock so that I can start learning. It will probably take me months to get reasonably good at this but I have so many broken/badly converted lenses that I can practice with :)
On with the new adventure! I will keep everyone posted on the progress with (hopefully) regular blog updates.
Taig Micro Lathe II