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What machines are you using? (CNC, lathes, mills, 3-in-1 machines?)

OK, need some help. Please :-)

We have been trying to keep our robotics/metal/automotive shop running on a couple of southbend lathes(1950s/60s?), a bridgeport mill(1986), and a Bridgeport Series 1 BOSS 5 CNC (with tape reader :-), circa 1977)

Everything works, but I'm trying to look toward the future and plan some replacements, or add new machines if the old stuff keeps chugging along.

I would like to know what NEW equipment people would buy for a robotics shop/ high school metal shop. The room is actually an automotive shop, but all metal fabrication is done in that room.

Anyone work with or recommend any of the Smithy, Shoptask, ENCO 3-in-1 machines as a replacement for a southbend lathe?

What would you recommend for a USED or NEW CNC machine?

Thanks in advance!!!
~ Mr. Buonomo, Team 871

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