This lathe is a nicely made piece of machinery. Centers line up perfectly, it has great fit and finish, just like my other Grizzly and Shop Fox machines. Sturdy, smooth, quiet. Power everywhere with the 2 HP motor. Variable speed is such a welcome upgrade from the midi lathe of another brand I was using (which required manually moving the drive belt to different pulleys to change speeds). Everything locks down solid. Two things I'm not crazy about, and they both have to do with the tool rest: the 25mm post is not a good diameter at all, and I don't like the tool rest itself so much. I'm still getting familiar with this lathe, but my tools seem to ride on the back edge of the rest which is about a quarter of an inch from the front edge of the rest. I like the point of support to be as close as possible to the wood. Personally, I like only one point of contact, but the top of this rest is a wide bevel with a front and back edge. Upgrading the tool rest, however, is next to impossible because of the 25mm post. And Grizzly apparently doesn't carry different tool rests. That minor issue aside, it's a super-beast of a lathe.