Yeah am not a big fan of dumbbells, partly for the reason you mention.
Yes I like do like to vary how I overhead press, deadlift, row etc, I like the axle bar because it feels more comfortable, especially given I always press with a thumbless grip and that bar doesn’t spin like an olympic bar.
I like to strict press in the hammer angled smith machine. Sometimes (rarely) I’ll use the log and sometimes I’ll use the viking press machine.
Must say, in the 2 years I couldn’t bench press, chest press etc, my chest remained the same.