.....with tools made in China, etc. I was reading some magazines from 1900. A typical lathe was powered by your foot. It was called a treadle lathe. The swing was typically 5". There were articles on building your own electric motor. Another one was how to make taps and dies. Despite all this, they turned out some fine work. One guy hooked up a small generator to power everything in his shop except his lathe, not enough output. Another guy wrote in to say to be careful with carbon arcs. After testing one out, he could not see for several hours.