I love the Taig, and have made some useful stuff, which has paid for it. BUT, now I am using it to turn 2.5" dia aluminium, it is really showing it's weakness. At that size of workpiece, it is difficult to get a good finnish, hell, it's difficult to use! Obviously if you are not going to be turning big stuff, then you need not worry, but I have quickly outgrown mine and am looking for something a bit more substantial. Just my 2 cents though.