I got one, too. I've not had any troubles with it. I'm now taking a 15" x 4" wheel of White Oak that I'm making into two platters and a shallow bowl. It's handling it well. Started at 210 and am about to increase the speed to get the first one done and off the piece. If you can do without the VS, it'a a very good lathe.
Bruce Shiverdecker - Retired Starving Artist ( No longer a Part timer at Woodcraft, Peoria, Il.)
"The great thing about turning is that all you have to do is remove what's not needed and you have something beautiful. Nature does the hard part!"