I have been having a ball with the HF 9x20 lathe. Have added a couple items to make it "mine". I added a wheel shaped handle to the end of the lead screw that really helps when I want to move the cross slide real slow. I added a 12" diameter wheel to the spindle end that clamps in like a bicycle handlebar holder. It helps to turn the spindle slowly like for tapping and such. The only problem I have had was the brass bushing in the gear train wore out and I had to get a new one made. Cost about $15-20 as I recall. I wish it had slower gears, reversing lead screw, and a couple other hi end features. But, it is all manual, therefore I have had to learn how to do it (Thank you, Mr. Pete). I don't know if I would have had the money for an American made lathe. Also the 9x20 is a good size..fitting my shop quite nicely.