Looks like I may go the route of buying an arbor and chuck separately. Any one have any advice as to which Jacobs taper to use? I see Enco has 1JT, 2JT and 33JT. I think I've seen 3JT and 33JT as the most common for 3MT tooling. Do any of you have any opinion on picking one taper over another? I'm going to give the FIL a call and see if he has any homeless chucks laying around or an extra one we can pirate off the mini lathe. I know there are a couple laying around with the lathe and that thing almost never gets used. If so and he can figure out the taper on them I'll just buy an arbor to match otherwise I'd like to know what style will be the most useful down the road.
And why why why did you post that link to the CNC conversions for these things? I'd love to convert this thing over but it would be so impractical for me to do. How well does it hold tolerances running NC? I've always just figured it was a wash with the loose screws it has in it stock, but with the new ballscrews etc. do they cut well? If I have to drag that thing down here and stick it in the spare bedroom I will be in SOOO much trouble!