Lathe features in more detail
Quality and Weight of Machine
In woodturning, vibration is the enemy. A good lathe will be massive and rigid to damp down the vibration. Light sheet metal construction is to be avoided and cast iron is the best. Good bearings and smooth running are the hallmarks of a high class machine. Buy the best you can afford not the biggest. There is great pleasure and satisfaction to be had from using a quality tool or a quality lathe. Pleasure in use is what you are looking for yes?