The Barefoot Cuemaker
Ok guys, I think I get the picture now,,,,,,,,,,,gotta make a note to never own a porper.
All the different cue lathes that are made today have strong points and weaknesses.
It is all about trade off and what you feel is important to the way you use a lathe and the work you intend to do.
It is to bad that to understand all about them you just about need to have had or used each one.
I would not knock any cue lathe made today as each one has shortcomings and things they cant do so well.
In my personal opinion Chris Hightower's Deluxe Cue lathe comes about as close to having all the desirable features a cue maker would need from start to finish, but there still are trade offs even with it.
If it had a bed like the Sherline lathe it would be the nuts. (but then it would weigh a ton).
The porper offers strong points like weight (mass), smoothness of operation, a full control foot petal that is very useful for wrapping cues, and it can cut brass and aluminum fairly well.
It can not cut threads the way it comes and the Router mounting bracket needs to be modified for it to do its job like the video shows.
I would like to also mention Unique's CueMaker lathe as it is heavy, rigid, has a ton of optional setups, is very accurate, as easy as the Hightower lathe to set up an accurate left hand center, and can (with options) cut threads, do inlays, and taper shape with power feed.the tail stock and headstock are modular and can be moved and rearranged to accommodate special setups.
The trade off is its internal delrin tapered chuck jaws and they have their own unique issues such as not being able to hold small work pieces on their own.
Every piece needs the chuck and tailstock center to hold it.
A great OPTION would be a Hightower like metal chuck for the headstock.
If it had that I would have bought it over the Porper Q-Lathe.
Plus ... it is the safest and most finger friendly cue lathe made.
A full size 13 x 40 machine lathe fully tooled for cue work and with a long taper bar would be the dead nuts but forget any portability options and watch your fingers.
Plus if bought new would cost upward of $6000 and that is without all the special tooling for cue work.
I have in the past owned and worked with all of the lathes I have mentioned here.
Almost all the problems with each one of them have workarounds to get the job done.
I like each and every one but chose the Porper because a local friend bought a Hightower Deluxe and now we have access to the best of both worlds.
Thanks to everyone that responded with suggestions and ideas.
I love an open forum where that can take place with respect among friends.