Dont even think about buying a lathe from Axminster, or for that matter Arc Euro trade who have been told by the Chinese factory to stop offering in and out of box options etc. I still deal with the above companies through orders from work. Now the best place to buy from is either Chester or as said Warco if you want a green one. What happens is that in the factory just outside Shanghi, all the parts ie; 4 jaw chuck steadies tailstock chuck etc are packed with the machine to be sold with it. Of course to make more money Axm and Arc sell all these seperately. I am saving up for the slightly larger one to be bought from Chester. Oh and they are all variable speed.
Builder of far too many projects, but I love them all. The more Locomotives you have building, the more solutions to other Projects Problems get Solved. Reworking Simplex into a Fowler Complex. Making a Jinty more to scale. And going up a size in the shape of a Jessie.
It seems that once you add the cost of the accessories to the basic Axminster price you end up with about the same figure as say, that which Warco charges.
A benefit of buying from a company where the basic machine price is quoted is that you can choose which extras you prefer to have. The Chinese drill chuck I had with my present lathe is not very accurate.
Thanks to everyone for their input to my question.
I have an Axminster BV20M for sale, with 3 and 4 jaw chuck and stand. It's in good condition and little used. If someones interested call Phil on 07980623330. you will need to collect it from London SE93SJ....That's Eltham area.