Master-photog, I'm sure you realize that what any of the folks who have replied to your query, pro or con, should have no bearing on your decision regarding a mini-lathe. If using one makes your life easier, go for it. As Eric Cortina explained in his YouTube video, your post #14, a mini lathe can make life easier and faster when it comes to case prep. In case you are wondering about Eric, he is a very well known and respected shooter and reloader, do a Google search for him. Every situation is different as yours is with hands that hurt afterwards. Given that, I would say go for it, just buy a quality machine. Cheap junk will just cause headaches down the road.