Delta Mid-Sized Lathe Hothttp://toolreviews.woodmagazine.com/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/300x300s/9d/aa/83/699_delta46715_1325607013.jpg
* Head stock rotates at 45, 90, and 180-degree angles
* 24-position index on pulley allows you to create ornamental detailing
* Includes a cast-iron tool rest measuring 12", a convenient on/off switch positioned above the motor, and a durable steel stand
* Measures 62.6" x 22.4" x 18.4"
* Weight: 338 lbs.
Top value in mid-size lathes
High points: Heavy, large headstock adds heft. Thick bed casting with wide ways helps squelch vibration. Great power in all turning conditions. More spindle-speed stops (13) than any other model tested (others have 4 to 8), offering a multitude of control options. Big, easy-to-use handles on the tool rest, tailstock, and headstock. Comes with a tool-rest extension for outboard turning. Quietest machine tested, at 69 db.
Low points: Accessing the on/off switch requires a long reach, though it is large and easy to find. Tailstock lockdown not as secure as some other models, though adequate.
More points: Motor is located well clear of headstock, out of the way of large face turnings. Feels substantial and solid, even with a bolt-together metal stand. Lathe comes preassembled, and the stand goes together quickly.