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I asked a friend who has one. He said

The lathe is good, but the split nut is soft and will strip
out when it gets chips in it. Keep it clean. Careful machining
will let you hold plus/minus .001 easily.

The mill head is suitable for light milling only. It requires
such light cuts, you can expect to resharpen your end-mills
a lot. Heavy cuts with larger than 3/8" emd mills will move
the head and ruin the workpiece or the end mill or both.
Not rigid enough for any 2-flute mill and not accurate
enough for precise dove-tailing unless you go SLOW
and leave enough to finish with a triangular file.

The drill-press option is good.

That's about all he said.

C-Buff
 

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buy bith a small mill and a lathe

I do not know if you have the money, or room for both, but you would do yourself a great service if you purchased stand alone machines. A small lathe in decent shape can be had for not TOO much money.$300-1500. Figure $200 for tooling.
A small milling machine could be yours for as little a $1k on ebay, or $500 at auction. Search auction companies on google and get yourself on the mailing list for all of them.
The reason for having one each is that they are made to do a specific task. They will each do thier own task better than one small composite machine. Much more rigidity, and accuracy.
Best of luck. Doug.
 

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Not too many happy owners out there. Much better to find a used south bend lathe and bridgeport mill. All the asian import stuff is junk in one way or another.
 
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