I am glad that you mentioned the 5C collet chuck. After the 3 jaw, the collet chuck is of the most utility and for some work where one needs a firm hold or a hold that will not mar the finish terribly, the collet is the only way to go. Also, gives great centering. Just checked your link; great price/quality point. I feel less urgency about a four jaw, though it too will need to be resolved. Looks like fixing the cracked speed dial plate just paid for a new collet chuck; thanks, David.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Do we want to procure a foot operated emergency off for the new lathe? We have a lot of folks accustomed to that and the feet of a lathe operator are usually unoccupied. The big red off button isn't as badly placed as on the old lathe, but it is well off to the side and when there are observers around the machine, one of them is bound to be in the way at times.