0t---nomenclature mystery of Mori Seiki BB lathe
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    Default 0t---nomenclature mystery of Mori Seiki BB lathe

    around 20 years ago I picked up two Mori Seiki SL-1 lathes which were also tagged BB series--this
    designation quickly unified into SL -slant bed series

    production began in mid 1970's as NC control

    the BB label remained a mystery until recently--shipyard drawings of battleship class Yamato reveal
    BB designation similar to call letters for american battleships--ie--BB61--USS Iowa
    so, if this theory is correct, designation BB is a tribute to Yamato, Musashi, Shinano warships--the
    most formidable blue water combatants of WW II

    of course this may be fuzzy thinking and someone with firm knowledge will set the record straight
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