As with buying any tool, it’s the economies you later regret, not the extravagances. Professional turner Jon Siegel tells you what to look for: The height and structure of the bed are critical, and the tool rest should be sturdy. The tailstock needs a large base, and the headstock should provide solid support. Speed control and horsepower are important, and the stand has to be stout enough to withstand vibration. Siegel also explains how to evaluate a used lathe. Which is right for you?

From Fine Woodworking #149