Originally Posted by jss
i I was searching around on info for a mini lathe and guys were telling the original member for 700 bucks not to bother with china crap and just to get a used amercian lathe.
4 JAW is right on but then so is the advice about the $700 Chinese lathe! For $700 you can get any number of brands of the VERY SAME 9"x20" Chinese lathe that will be the same quality (JUNK!!!!) regardless of name and price. This particular machine has been sold for years and there are zillions of them out there but if you run across one, popular as they are you probably will, DON'T buy it you will regret it! They have sold from about $500 (Harbor Freight) to over $1400 for the same exact machine with a different paint job and brand name. The Chinese lathes of 12"x36" and larger are usable quality however and seem to be a lot better built machines, they do not compare to a good used American or European machine but for the price they are much better than "old iron" that is worn out.