What he said! I have bought from both and wouldn't hesitate to spend $4,000 with Mr. Hightower.
A couple of things I forgot...
Midamericapool (Todds) lathes, I have no experience with his lathes, but I have bought other things from him and he is a really nice guy to deal with.
But if the purpose is to build cues, Todds lathes is not for you, it says so right on his site: "It is not designed, nor is it intended to be a cue building lathe"
WilleeCue mentioned Unique`s Cue Maker. I have no experience with the brand, but I did contact them when I was shopping for a lathe and they where very polite and seemed to have exellent customer service.
Well let me say this if you are going to quote someone you should include all of the quote, not just the part of the quote that serves your purpose.."However in the hands of a qualified and skilled technician it is capable of preforming all the operations necessary to build a simple cue with the exception of making of parabolic taper." I have built cues with this lathe as have others on this forum.,with the addition of the cnc tapering machine or you can add taper bars.
Hi Joe it was never my intention to put down Todd`s equipment and if it sounded like that, I`m sorry.
With a taper setup like his CNC tapering setup or a taper bar, you could build cues with Todd`s large bore lathe. At $2700 combined it`s a very nice price.
@Bigdog: I didn`t mention the Porper model B lathe bacause I have no knowledge of that lathe or the Porper company. It seems like a very well built turn key system and in a way the least proprietary system as it`s main components seem to be compatible with metal lathes.