I have a General 26020 VS, that is now 14 years old. It has had "0" issues, and the pot will turn the spindle to a dead stop. I have Jamie's old outboard extention on it! I spoke with some General execs. Several years ago about improvements and updates that would modernize this machine...some, such as 1.25" outboard spindle, and longer locking lever on the tailstock....no interest. Too bad.