For a while I didn't really care about not having a lathe. With some of the things I've been doing recently a lathe would be nice. I started doing some digging and of course checked Harbor Freight for their options. They happened to have this little beauty for only $160 after using my coupon. It got almost 5 stars on all the reviews and seems like a solid little machine. This lathe looks exactly like the one Grizzly sells for $235.
As I spend more time at Harbor Freight I'm starting to realize that the crap they sell is often clearly from the same factory as other tools with a different paint job and much higher price. Here's a ridiculous example. This Jet lathe at Woodcraft is $900:
Compare the picture of this to the $250 model at Harbor Freight:
They are almost identical, and it's quite clear they at least came from the same blueprint. I've also read that if you need a new part for the Harbor Freight version you can order from Jet and it fits perfect.
Anyway, here's my new toy.