Delta Industrial 46-460 12-1/2-Inch Variable-Speed Midi Lathe
This is the most powerful lathe on our list, with a full 1 HP motor. Delta is known for putting powerful motors on their tools, because they provide better service and smoother operation. The motor connects through three pulley speeds, along with electronic variable speed control.
This mini lathe has a reversing function, which isn’t very common but nice for sanding, as it helps get the smoothest possible finish with the grain lying down. There’s also a patented belt tensioning system, making speed changes quicker, while maintaining long tool life.