Harbor Freight carries lathes made by Central Machinery in a range of sizes from 7 by 10 inches up to 14 by 40 inches in both bench top and freestanding styles, as of 2015. Some models are suitable for woodworking while others are better for machining metal.
Pricing varies significantly based on the machine's size, features, material handling capabilities and precision level. Some of the wood lathes qualify for standard shipping rates when ordering online, while other models have additional shipping charges due to their higher weights.
The 14-by-40-inch model is the largest of the wood lathes at Harbor Freight and is suitable for mounting on a workbench or a stand. It has four variable speeds, a swing-over bed and a built-in 7-inch disc sander. The product description states that this model is good for both professional carpenters and hobbyists. Some of the other wood lathes are smaller but come with more features, such as reversible heads, rotating stockholders and variable speed controls.
The metal lathes are all benchtop models, and they vary in size from a 7-by-10-inch mini lathe to 8-by-12-inch models. Most models have variable speed controls and multiple thread capabilities, and some have automatic stock feeders and reversible jaws.