I've been using this for a few months. Had 2 large South Bend lathes at work, no room for that kind of equipment at home. No comparison, the pro stuff is in another league.
The paint is sub-pathetic. Chips off if you look at it. A few places I had to scrape off paint where it didn't belong, a few edges to soften.
Belt/speed changing is dumb. The long belt/lower pulley is a crazy tight fit, and had to fight it to change pulley position. Went to the shorter belt/upper pulley to lower the speed. Even tighter! Worried I'd cook the bearings it was so tight. Ordered USA made belts of the same size designation, and they were longer. Now I can get that slower set of pulleys to work. The idler is now useful to take up slack, and I can change belt speeds. Noticed the pulleys were out of line. Removed the upper/rear one, and saw that a spacer was in the wrong place. All happy now. Wondered why the nut on the idler pulley felt odd. Measured it, and it's 16.5 mm wrench size, but 10x1.5 thread. So, neither a metric nor inch wrench fit. Changed it to another nut I had, and all is good. Had to do the same on my Grizzly mill/drill vise. A lot of their hardware is crap.
Wish it fed left to right. Wish it was variable speed. Would have paid more for those features.
Slowest speed is not that slow.
Spindle thread is an odd duck. Even Grizzly doesn't offer offer chucks or backing plates is this thread. Ordered the Grizzly 5C chuck, and had to order a backing plate from elsewhere and machine off a ton of cast iron for it to fit. Not fun.
I could go on, but the reality is that it's a sub-$2K lathe, not a $20K tool room piece. You get what you pay for. For the money, weight, and size it's OK.
Already making parts and tools. I'll be sorting it out and improving it as time goes on.