Grizzly G1495 Heavy-Duty Wood Lathe
I had to go with this unit for number one, because it’s the heaviest duty unit I can find that’s under our pricing limit. Grizzly always gives you lots of value for your money and this baby’s got a 2 hp motor mounted on a heavy duty frame. Compared to the next unit, I feel that the frame rails are considerably heavier on this one. It also has a disc/drum sander on the back side of the head, so that you get more use out of the tool; this is the only lathe I’ve seen with that option. It’s got a 14-inch swing over the bed and can take spindles up to 40-inches long.