I've been using a lathe which I got as a gift from a co-worker, a 1942 Dunlap (Sears second label) with a 5/8ths straight drive shaft (a la Shopsmith) and a non-removable dead center. The point of the dead center has worn down because I used it with a pen mandrel, and since I can't replace the center I began looking around for alternatives.
I was planning on getting the Harbor Freight model #65345 (10" x 18"), but it's out of stock at the 3 stores within 50 miles of where I live, and back-ordered on the website.
A google search for "HF gem list" got quite a few hits for the somewhat larger lathe, model #34706 (12" x 33"), which some folk say is parts compatible with the Jet model JWL-1236 and certainly looks identical (aside from the power switch and the white paint job.)
With yesterdays 25% off any one item, it was just under $190 ... and because it's HF, I took the 2 year extended protection plan that added $35 to the tab.
Got it assembled today, cleaned off the oil from the bed and tailstock, and gave it some Minwax ... looking forward to playing with my new toy