Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
In used lathes whatever you find send the info back here and ask about the quality. There are some good buys out there and there are some dogs. Someone on the board will probably know which is which. Brands, Delta, Jet, Powermatic,Oliver, Woodfast, General. There are more older lathes that I can't remember very well. These are the ones you see mostly that are decent lathes. Some Grizzly lathes are OK and very few Harbour freight.
You'll want a lathe that has at least 12" swing. Depending on the length of spindle you want to turn anything from 18" to 36" between centers. For table legs 32" is the leg length on most so add alittle extra and plan for 34 to 36".
If your going to do bowls make sure it slows down to at least 500 rpm. Slower is better. Variable speed is nice but hard to find in used lathes unless you want to spend a fair amount of money.