I do not do production, the majority of my turning is of heat treated tooling components. A cnc lathe is the wrong way to go. What I do need is a OD grinder, now there is where I'll consider cnc technology.
thanks for your input.
A true CNC lathe programmer would blow the doors off of a toolmaker even on one off parts. There is no way to compete with the speed they calculate threads, angles, and radii. It doesn't matter the application CNC will always prevail. It's kinda like John Henry vs. the steam hammer.