Before you buy anything, check out the Steel City VS mini. I have this lathe and it's great. And for just about $250-300, it's the best bargain on the market. It has a 10" swing and 15" between centers, and you would love it. It's currently $249.99 at Woodworker's Supply.
You DO know, however, that the lathe purchase is only the first step. Better take a picture of your money and post it on the wall, because you won't see it again, with all the other stuff you need to buy. Either have deep pockets or a high limit on your credit card. DAMHIKT!!
Nancy and Dave Laird
Rio Rancho, NM
David works in the Pro Sales Divison at Woodworker's Supply.