It's been nearly 35 years since Smithy first introduced the 3-in-1 lathe mill combo. At the time we operated a John Deere farm machinery dealership. In the mid-80's we came across a simple, crude version of a combo machine with the mill mounted on top of the headstock. This was the first concept of what became the Smithy lathe mill combo as we know it today. We had the thought, "Wow, this would be great for farmers!". At the time we were looking at getting into racing and had the thought that a machine like this would fit well in a racing trailer. The idea was born! The Early Days With Smithy.
INTRODUCING THE MIDAS LATHE MILL MACHINE:
We set to work and in a couple of years had a lathe mill combo model that became the Midas line. Once we got going, the Midas machine sold like hotcakes. In the late 80's and early 90's we couldn't build enough. Needless to say, it was a fun time.
THE GRANITE MACHINE TAKES THE STAGE:
Many customers kept saying they were willing to pay more for a lathe mill combo that worked more like a production machine. They asked for a larger, more accurate machine with user friendly features that helped them work faster and more efficiently. Time is money, and they wanted a machine they could use to make money.
After years of research and engineering, the first Granite model was born. Smithy owners loved the big upgrade in features and capacity and the Granite machine became the bench top machine that everyone wanted. Our advertising tagline was "Own Your Own Machine Shop" - Guaranteed to Pay It's Own Way.
GUARANTEED TO PAY IT'S OWN WAY - BUILT TO LAST A LIFETIME:
After all these years there are nearly 40,000 Smithy machines still out working away in shops across North America. Indeed, the Smithy lathe mill combo machine will pay for itself. We guaranteed it. Smithy machines are built to last a lifetime. We expect all these Smithy machines will still be working for the next generation of American machinists and craftsmen.
We appreciate your business and support for all these years. Our commitment will always be to help you to "Make it Yourself, and Do it Right!"