Going by the ones I've seen and used they're reliable and run strong , speeds can be set to what you want . Most have dial in or push button style controls. With the lathe type set up I'm sure it'll work just great , compared to the picture of the replacement . Ck them out on eBay some are up to 1HP and speeds 5,000 rpms and more , the new brushless models are more compact. I know if I ever need one that's where ill look first. Most cost $100. - $300. At most .
1HP is about 750 watts. But you won't get a real 1-horse output from a 750 watt motor because they aren't 100% efficient. You won't see any machines in this class sporting horsepower specs. It's all about what looks better to the average consumer, 250 watts or (at most) 1/3HP ....
Thank you all for the info
I will be looking for a motor with a little more power than 250W / 1/3HP.
Mounting is not a concern. I will make it fit some how.
It's a spare machine that a friend was using.
Don't really need it, but good to have a small lathe around.
It does look a little overkill but it's doable ,I would use whatever motor I have available that has a pulley, the direct OEM replacement motor for the lathe would be ideal but if the lathe is not worth the extra expense, this looks like a great solution.