I purchased this tool, needing a smaller and easier to set up lathe that I could still turn longer spindles on when my large machine was unavailable (I sometimes leave unfinished things in it for weeks at a time).Lee Valley up here uses them for their workshops, so I felt comfortable enough to purchase one. I had looked at a few, but I wanted one with a longer capacity, and this one had the longest bed with the extension.Buying it was a breeze. Getting the 100 lbs lathe out of the box was a chore, as I did not want to cut the box apart in case I needed it again.The lathe was a gummy mess of tacky grease on all exposed cast iron surfaces, to protect it from moisture while being shipped. I bought a Delta tenoning jig, and so was experienced in removing this protective layer.It took several tries, but I got it off, with the help of a bit of 'Polycleanse'. Thankfully, it did not take off the paint.All in all, it was easy to set up, and I quickly used the screw-legs to eliminate the wobble it had. It did come with a face-plate, live center, spur center and a tool rest, all greatly appreciated by me.However, the top of the rest was marred by grooves left from the machining process and had to be filed out before the gouge would make smooth transverses on it. It is also far too short, and needs repositioning even for small work. The bed of the lathe also shows such marks, which took me over an hour to lap out using a diamond stone.In using it to turn a couple of small pieces, I found the tension release for the motor so you could change the speed of the lathe very stiff until I cleaned the grease out of it.The motor leaves the lathe a bit under-powered, especially when you are using a roughing gouge on a piece that is near its full capacity.Also the bed extension is nearly the price of the lathe again, making it an expensive purchase just to turn longer objects. The turning capacity is also a bit small, and General could make this lathe more usable by making a head and tailstock riser for it like other lathes. As it is, having a friend with a machine shop, I plan on building myself a set of these, at least for the headstock, so I can turn larger bowls.