I have one of these that I bought about 5 months ago.
the spindle is 1 7/8" -8 instead of the more common threads.
There is some information around about them - and I'd hardly consider myself an expert, but a good lathe is a good lathe, and with it you can make most things.
I can't comment on the bearings, but mine are good, and I intend to keep them that way with a good lube regime.
Des in Oz