This is my third, and hopefully, last lathe. After learning to turn on an older, lighter unit, I needed something with a larger turning capacity. I also wanted to take advantage of modern speed control technology and get away from step-change pulleys. This lathe fit my needs and my budget. It's swing exceeds anything I've used in the past and the dial-in VFD speed control is a wood turner's dream. It has plenty of power down in the low range. My first project was to spin a split limb into a bowl. 250 RPM roughing it down to a round blank, 1000 RPM to shape and rough out the interior, 2000 RPM to finish cut. The easy to adjust VFD speed control lets you push your stock to the max speed on the fly while avoiding vibration. Between that and the machine's overall weight, you get super-smooth cuts.
Setup is easy and straightforward. Uncrate and it's ready to use in a couple of hours. No adjustments or calibration required, aside from the leveling feet. I've assembled and installed machine tools throughout my career and I know a few "one-man assembly" tricks, so I did the assembly by myself. Simple hand tools are all that's required. However, the two legs exceed 100 lbs each and the bed, without headstock or tailstock, exceeds that. Assembly will go faster with two people. The ground surfaces are protected with oil paper so there's no washing off cosmoline to slow you down. Wipe is down with a soft cloth and apply a little past wax to the bed. Two hours tops and you're ready to turn.
Note the spindle size. The 1.25x8TPI spindle is larger than my existing accessory set, requiring the addition of the 1.25-to-1 inch adapter. If you're upsizing to this model, verify that your chuck and faceplates will fit or plan to purchase the $40 adapter. Not a big deal, but you will not want to wait for a second order to start using your lathe.
My only caveat to this review is the tool height adjustment. I have used machines with a rack-and-pinion height adjust mechanism in the past. The lift-into-place tool rest took a little getting used to. While this wasn't unexpected, I frequently think it would be great of I could fine-tune the cutting tool's position.
Overall, very happy with this machine. You will not find a better medium-class machine in this price range. I can't say how it would hold up to commercial use, but in the month that I've had mine, I've found nothing to complain about. Great backyard shop machine and, based on the size and features, very affordable.