I know this is the wood lathe area but I alread have a wood lathe and now I need a metal lathe. I don't know much about metal lathes so I don't know what to look for in one. I will be using it for miscellaneous stuff, making parts for the wood machinery I build, making replacement parts for old machines. I can see needing more than a 6" or 8" swing and 24" length would probably be fine. I have a friend that has what I believe is an Atlas craftsman 618 that he is pondering selling. It seems in decent shape. What is a reasonable price for something like this. Are any of the smaller grizzlys any good or should I be looking at old iron. Thoughts in general?