What to look for in a metal lathe?
I know this is a woodworking forum, but I expect some of you have a metal lathe.
I am considering getting a metal lathe to augment my hand plane restorations as well as possibly help to make some wood turning tools.
I have been searching on the internet. No surprise, information overload and so many contradictions.
I am looking for a bench lathe for hobby use. I want at least 1in spindle bore since my wood lathe uses 1in post.
I want to be able to turn threads, especially for some of the old now odd-ball threads in hand planes. I was thinking at least 8 tpi.
I see belt drive with x speeds, variable speed, gearhead. Does gearhead mean no belts to drive the headstock?
Let me know if you have a favourite metalwork/lathe forum which may point me in the right direction.