This is my first lathe, although I have used lathes for years... South Bend (old), LeBlond, Jet, etc. Although this lathe is built differently than the old machines, it seems to be a very solid unit. I have had it set up for to weeks now. The DRO is awesome to have! I am not a gunsmith, but I also love the larger spindle bore... I'd rather go bigger and better for future growth to begin with, and do it one time only.
I put it through the run-in as instructed, changed the lubes out for fresh, and started making some stringers. The machine runs smooth and solid, and is as quiet as you would expect something like this to be. All in all, I think this lathe is a very good value. If you are on the fence, get off of it!
There are two annoyances for me, not a big deal on the surface, but it's another $500 out of pocket.
- The lathe should include feet, in my opinion. I had to spend an additional $300 for the optional leveling feet after the fact.
- Break-in oil should be included. You should plan on spending another $200 or so for lube to run-in the machine, and change out.