Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Jacksonville, NC
Unless talking about old iron lathes built prior to 1990’s majority of wood lathes being made in China today. If lucky your China lathe still made in Taiwan. It is all about how many units fit into a shipping container. So at end of the day whether you pay $200 to over $1,000 for your mini lathe still made in China. Same goes for full size 12” x 36” lathes.
Yes, some models tad more refined in fit, finish, and offer more features like EVS. Which of those higher price brands of lathes excels in customer service after the sale? Love or hate Harbor Freight most stores bend over backwards to make it right for you. You can buy parts for HF 34706 model which has a ten-year history of both satisfied and not so satisfied customers.
No, do not own a HF lathe nor would I buy one. Want Oneway, Powermatic, or Robust lathe,when win the lottery will have new shop and one of those lathes.