I've been looking for a lathe for a long time and I decided to type "Lathe" into aliexpress. And I stumbled across some weird build-a-tool things. They're so strange, you get a set of rails, a motor, and various other things, and you put together bench tools ranging from lathes, to drill presses, to grinders, and even MILLS.
My question is... what are peoples thoughts on this? They're only rated for soft metal at most (I'd say our aluminum is pretty darn soft), but they should do the job I would think.