That modification is being discovered by many machinists and is known as "Solid Tool Post", replacing the original top slide. The top slide is in fact the weakest link in all lathes, particularly small hobby instruments. The ideal conversion, is one that allows easy interchange between both units, when the top slide is needed for threading purposes or taper cutting operations. Improves finish as stated, and eliminates chatter. I have one such unit in my 14/19 x 40" industrial grade lathe which is used to great advantage for all operations.
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