Did I just pick up a good $50 lathe?
I am getting into turning after a 20 year break (and I am 27) and I just picked up a $50 craftsman 12" swing (aprox 3' bed) 113.22800 series (without any tappers and missing a belt). Is this a fairly good model? It seems to turn nicely and the motor works well (quiet, smooth, shaft is centered w/ no wobles). The giant cylindrical bed is rather rusty but the tail moves ... ok on it. I will have to get the rust off and probably smooth it out.
So, Now I have to make a bench for it, probably buy a chuck, pick up some #1 MTs, and I am wondering if I should just give up and get a new PSI lathe and bypass all of this? Is this a good enough lathe that I have to just put in the work to have a really great machine?
Thanks for any help, stories, etc.
Likely I will be back for more as I learn.