The specs for the PSI TCLC12VS do NOT show the horsepower. That is a biggie. My Delta 46-460 is 1 hp. It is just barely OK. I have absolutely no problem stopping dead (I am not talking slippage, I'm talking stopping the motor) when roughing or doing something in the 5" diameter range. Don't get me wrong; I really enjoy the lathe even with its faults.
Items that show good in the PSI specs: #2 Morse taper, Variable speed, 40" bed, 12" swing is good for a midi, 1x8 drive threads,
Good to have items NOT mentioned in the PSI specs: Reversable motor, do you need to use a wrench to move or tighten the tool rest or banjo or tail stock position or anything else (if you do you will find it a real pain and process interrupter), indexing for drive, does it permit using a vacuum chuck,
I just rattled the above thoughts out of my poor old brain. I do not have a list of wants, etc. The reason I got rid of my previous lathe were: 1) no variable speed and 2) had to use wrenches to set-up and adjust parts. Deal breakers for me: I must have variable speed (The slower the low speed, the better; I would love 50 rpm for many things.) and I must have locking levers, not wrenches, for tool rest height, banjo position, tail stock position and locking.
If I think of more I will whistle.
Have fun and Enjoy,
Last edited by Jim C Bradley; 08-17-2014 at 08:58 PM.
First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.