Thank You JohnK007. Thank You very much, this Craftsman lathe is set to go on sale at sears on the 31, as part of their Craftsman club, supposedly for 249 but even at that price I will pass. Because a product that has been around as long as Craftsman has, should have a history that can be checked out or at least something I can compare it to. And so far I can not find anything about it's quality.I am looking for a smooth, quite and dependable product. I recently returned a table saw . I just wish to avoid having to return a product . Since I know nothing about the Rikon I am still in the caution mode. So I have another question am I being to cautious. What should I be looking for as far as quality in a lathe? I have some friends that have recommended a Jet, Delta, Grizzly and Harbor freight They also suggested the table saw.And since neither one has a lathe well enough said about that. I like the price of the craftsman but do not want to save money at the expense of quality. Thank You very much, as you can see I think I have lived up to the title of newbie with all these questions. Again thanking you and all for any help in advance
Last edited by Damper; 01-25-2010 at 08:21 AM.