I got myself a Hudy (manual) lathe from a friend of a friend who was selling up. Had no problems with mine
Even with a thrown wind on one armature I thought I had pickled the diamond bit. but its still working fine... luckily!
edit-i actually threw the COMMUTATOR on one armature, spun it to bits whilst cutting it but luckily I didnt mangle the diamond bit. Dang lucky!
I really like this piece of kit.