I've had the Lathe for a month now, and here are some Pros and Cons.
Pros: Great size and weight for what you spend. This lathe really gives you the most bang for your buck.
Rotating Head Stock is a major plus, there are "better" lathes out there that do not have this feature.
Power does not seem to be a concern, and the 110v probably helps a lot of people. I do wish it at least was convertible to 220v.
Outward facing motor. Some lathes in this price range will face the motor towards the work piece, this does not. Only drawback is when you rotate the head, you need more clearance from the wall.
Cons: The digital readout is in the way. when you use the tools to remove the chuck you will bang your hand on the readout. Maybe you can tap the head and mount it more to the left.
The speed adjustment lever has two problems. 1. When running around 1200 rpm the lever sticks out toward the workpiece and may interfere with hand placement for shallow workpieces. 2. When the machine is off, you cannot turn it. if you chuck up a piece that needs to be on the lower end of rpms, but you have the rpms up from the previous turning, you will have to unchuck the piece, turn the machine on then turn the speed to low, or do it really fast with the piece chucked up. THE RMPS CANNOT BE MANAGED WITH THE MACHINE OFF. I do wish it was just a digital knob, but I don't know the added cost that would be.
The banjo is adequate at best. The rest sits right on top the screw, like all grizzly banjos, so good luck getting a curved toolrest with the proper size diameter and length. They should offset the post holder for unlimited post depth. The tightening screw is fair and the banjo probably could use some sanding on the bottom for easier adjusting.
Tail stock wheel is plastic. for $20 it could be metal. It cheapens the feel of the entire lathe. It probably will never break and is perfectly fine, but a metal one would really dress a nice lathe up a whole lot.
All three nuts loosen on the head stock, banjo, and tail piece. Once you get used to this happening, you may forget it does this, but when you go to tightens this down, they won't. Easily reach under the bed and finger spin the nut snug. Maybe lock nuts will help. Right now, it aggravates me.
Summary: If you are looking for full size lathe and an incredible price, you have got to consider this lathe. I bought it with the thought that if I liked turning enough, outside of just complementing normal woodworking, I then would upgrade to the G0766. I don't know if I will ever really have to. This lathe does a lot! There is no way anyone offers what this lathe delivers for $1000. Unless you are a fullout woodturner and that's what you love, then there are better lathes. If you use it for an occasional bowl, spindle, or other fun stuff, this is the lathe to get.
These are the accessories I also bought.
Chuck set, 5/8 bowl gouge, wedge style live center, smaller face plate, drill chuck.