I have been working on a blog article on and off for about 6 months now. It covers useful features and things to consider when buying a lathe. I would have written it in this forum however the editing is not as good as what is available on blogger and given the time needed to compile everything, a save function was necessary. Anyway, I hope newer members get some food for thought from it: http://wanderingaxeman.blogspot.no/2014/09/selecting-and-buying-metal-lathe.html None of this is gospel but is rather a combination of things I considered when purchasing my lathe. Enjoy and feel free to comment or poo-poo it if you're so inclined. Paul.