Back from Pittsburgh and had a really great time. Never been to one of these things so I didn't know what to expect. I'll go again.
As you would expect with an event this large, there were "Ebbs and Flows." But I'd give it high scores. Things happened that weren't planned and that was the good part. I got to meet with an engineer from Sorbey that explained in clear detail why most people can't use the spiral cutter. Now, I CAN! He gave me a 20 minute personal class in how to figure out what's going wrong with the cutter. That's priceless and totally appreciated.
Then I talked with the factory rep from Jet about the indexing process and watched in amazement as he, and his three helpers, just turned their heads and admitted it's trash. Love the lathe but that index process is the worst on the market, and they agreed. So, they recommended I find an external indexing plate and forget about using theirs. That's damning and commendable at the same time.
Anyway, I had a wonderful time and if the next one is close enough to allow me to drive to it, I'll be there.