Bench-size midi-lathes make cost and space less of an issue than in the past when deciding whether to add a lathe to your shop. In this article, students at the School of Art and Design at Purchase College tested five midi-lathes for a semester to assess power, length, speed control, and parts. Here are the specs on each one they tested and their evaluations of how each tool performed under real-world conditions.

From Fine Woodworking #158