Newbie Bench lathe choice

hello all, I am in the process of setting up a shop in my basement. I would appreciate some direction in a purchase. I am looking at a number of tools, all seeming to be of equal quality. as we all are, I am looking to optimize my $$. I have looked at all four of these and would like some observations or experiences to assist my purchase. they are :::: PRECISION MATTHEWS PM1027,,, ENCO BENCH LATHE 9X20,,,GRIZZLY G0752 AND GRIZZLY G9972Z. thanks v. much, noman.

I really like the 8x14 I got from Harbor Freight. It is of better quality that all of their other lathes. It is very accurate and performs everything I throw at it flawlessly.
It's a bit smaller than what you have posted as options, but from what I remember reading, it's actually a sturdier lathe than the 9x20's.
Wade

thank you ,Wade. I had not put that one in the mix. I will stop by my local HF and check it out.

hello all, I am in the process of setting up a shop in my basement. I would appreciate some direction in a purchase. I am looking at a number of tools, all seeming to be of equal quality. as we all are, I am looking to optimize my $$. I have looked at all four of these and would like some observations or experiences to assist my purchase. they are :::: PRECISION MATTHEWS PM1027,,, ENCO BENCH LATHE 9X20,,,GRIZZLY G0752 AND GRIZZLY G9972Z. thanks v. much, noman.

Number one issue, don't buy too small for your current and projected interests. Think hard about this issue, you don't want to spend too much nor waste shop space. Finding the acceptable balance will take some thought on your part.
As for lathes I bought a 9x20 years ago when choices where more limited than today. I'd probably would at least consider other models though the 9x20 isn't that bad of a bench lathe. If you are just starting out and your lathe will be your primary machine for awhile I'd consider something with a larger swing to allow more flexibility with 4 jaw chucks and face plates. However if you expect to fill out your shop with a mill that might not be a big deal.
Like all things machine tool related mass is important however don't get overly drawn in by that concept. Some of the newer small lathes are considered to be better than the 9x20. This has a lot to do with putting the mass in the right place.
Understand the concept of these machines as kits. There is a reason for the low price. So expect to have to tune, make adjustments and otherwise rework the machine to an acceptable level of functionality.

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