Originally Posted by showkey
Thread cutting on a lathe is not really needed on most projects..............quality tap and dies are the more common way and far easier shaft threading process.
While I agree - particularly for common threads where you'd like to own the tap and die - and when you can use the center to get things started.
Those abnormal and large threads have dies and taps that cost as much as an old southbend lathe! Same with ACME threads and such.
1" dies 40$, 1.5" 100, 2" -400. And so forth.