I went to the flea market Sunday at the NM State Fairgrounds. I wasn't looking for anything in particular...just killing some time on a Sunday afternoon, and the fairgrounds are only a couple miles from my place. Long story short, this followed me home:
It's a Steel City 60170 mini lathe. Five manual speeds with a whopping 10" swing and 1/2 of one horse chomping at the bit to spin wood.
It looks like it has never been used...there was still cosmoline on the tailstock quill. The motor runs smoothly and speed changes are pretty easy, with dual access doors to get to the belt. It's missing the live center, the spur center, and the knockout bar, but those are easy enough to replace. Also included in the deal was the Workmate that it's sitting on. The Workmate is an older model, made back when they used heavier steel in the legs and real plywood for the table (and it looks like it's about 7/8" thick). It's much better than the one I have in my shop in LA.
Now before anyone gets too excited, I have no plans to start turning at my temp apartment. I simply don't have the room for it, nor do I have the desire to bring all the tools and other gear I'd need from LA to ABQ. I bought this lathe with the intention of selling it. The seller had a $250 price tag on it, but I paid $175 for the lathe and Workmate. I figure I should be able to sell the lathe alone for somewhere between $225 and $250, and I'll get to keep the Workmate as a bonus. I haven't decided if I'll try to sell it here or take it back to LA and sell it there. (LA obviously has a bigger market.) I considered keeping the lathe and putting it to work in LA, but I'm pretty much out of space there, too. If I was going to cram a small lathe into my LA shop, I'd want it to be a bit bigger (midi, not mini) and have a variable speed.