I have what used to be a Taig lathe, motor was changed, output is now a spiraled gear with a single groove pulley crammed onto it so I only have one speed. I have used it on occasion, but don't often because I have other lathes more easy to use. I guess I'm active but the Taig lathe isn't.
I bought a used Taig lathe without a motor. It does have a tailstock with chuck, a steady rest, 3 jaw chuck, 4 jaw chuck, and the milling attachment. I have just completed setting it up with a Treadmill motor for power. Seems like a good little lathe. The accessories are reasonable. I just bought a ER16 collett adapter to fit my 3/4" threaded spindle. I also bought a set of cheap collets.
I've had my Taig lathe for over twenty years and am now setting up a Taig milling machine. Started using the lathe to make pens while temporarily living in an apartment and now use it for lots of small stuff.
Just chiming in to say I've got a brand new Taig! Although I opted to scrounge through my old motors instead of buying the Taig one. Found a 1/3 HP 1750 RPM motor I found in perfect condition 6 years ago in a scrap heap. I've been dragging it around all this time because I KNEW it would come in handy.
My hoarding instinct has been justified for a few more years.
I have the Taig lathe with many of the accessories. I use it occasionally but when I use it it does things I have no other way of doing. I also just bought a Unimat. I am going to set it up as a mill. I have the milling attachment for the Taig but the movement is not enough in many cases. don
I have both a Taig and a 40 year old Unimat. The Unimat has had quite a lot of use. I have done a small amount of milling with it but it is a chore. The biggest problem is that the head-stock is made to be used as a drill-press when mounted vertically. Making fine adjustments with the head-stock lever is hard. On the Yahoo Unimat forum there was a project shown that had an adjustable head-stock using a threaded rod for movement. I solved my problem by buying a MicroMark mill. Not the finest piece of equipment but it suffices for what I do.