The best feature of this lathe is that it is very light weight. When I’m done turning, I unclamp the lathe from my workbench and put it on a shelf in the closet. It takes up very little space, which is important to me since I live in a mobile home.
The variable speed control is also nice. It’s easy to dial in whatever speed you want for the type of wood and tools you are using.
The motor and tailstock bearings are very quiet.
Some compromises were made to allow the lathe to be so very light.
If you don’t permanently mount this lathe on your workbench, then you must bolt it to a board which is clamped to a table or workbench when in use.
The tool rest is very small. Even when turning a pen, you’ll need to move the tool rest multiple times before you finish the project.
Putting moderate pressure on the tailstock end of an 8″ spindle while turning will cause the tailstock to move. You must use a very light touch on the tailstock end of your project to keep everything centered. This makes larger projects, such as tool handles, quite challenging.
If portability is critical for you, this is probably the most portable lathe on the market. If portability is not critical for you, I’d suggest going with a more heavy-duty model.