I live in Red Deer and checked out the Force lathe and it isn't much diffrent then the busybee lathe. But if it comes with the right chucks and enough extras it may be good for you. When i looked into the house of tools lathes i wasn't very impressed with there price. Some of the stuff that comes with deals like that can be real junk so look over it very well. I will be ordering a harbour frieght lathe and mini mill and have it waiting for pickup were my parents can pick it up on there way back from the states in march. With exchange and all that the busy bee lathe is not any diffrent then buying a lathe in the states. 370us for a harbour frieght lathe of the same size is basically 600 dollars cdn with tax and exchange. When i looked at the two lathes they looked like they were made at the same factory. If your in Calgary go look at both lathes. Run them, look at how well the cross slide and apron move.It basically comes down to what the best bang for your buck is. Hell for the 1000cdn why not buy the busybee 10x18 lathe. Another place to find out some really good info is in the 7x12 lathe yahoo group. As fo the taig lathe you'll have to find some of the guys that use them. I've never seen one any were other then on the internet. Keep asking questions if you want to know the answers.