check that it doesn't have any run-out,and that the tailstock center lines up perfectly to the drive center.
i personally dont like the pipe-style lathe beds,seems like the tailstock and banjo/tool rest could have more play/slop
that way...do they twist out of center?or is there a groove in the back of the pipe or something?
there are brand new mini lathes that start around $100,like grizzly,variable speed too.
craftsman is kind of eh,..
edit:. i LOVE my jet mini,as do alot of people.its got a great rep..
i didnt suggest it as its 3x the price of this...worth every cent.
Last edited by tribalwind; 12-10-2008 at 08:45 PM.