Toolco 1022GV Lathe
Buying a lathe can be a minefield. Apart from cost, the main consideration is size. Depending on how much available space you have, I would look at the biggest (within reason) your workshop can accommodate. After the couple of years or so use of this lathe I now personally think anything less than a 10″ swing over the bed would be limiting for serious model engineering that I wish to do. There is always a downside, and when it comes to tiny parts it does feel a bit of an overkill, I suppose in an ideal world it would be nice to have another small lathe such as a Sherline as well
I did quite a lot of research before I plumbed fo the Toolco, and another possible choice was the Warco, which is pretty much the same model only a different colour. Anyway, back to the 1022. The lathe ships with all the required add ons such as fixed and travelling steadies, Faceplate, three and four jaw chucks etc. The one extra I ordered was a four jaw self centring chuck, which is probably one of the best things I have bought, I reckon it’s on my lathe a good 90 percent of the time. If you don’t own one, take my word, you’ll wonder how you managed without one once you try it!