Whoops just being looking at old posts so sorry no consensus there is equally split opinion on the Rollimat's justification. Being cynical one might be tempted to say you probably do not need either a lathe or a Rollimat. It comes down to weighing up the time saved and better results (if any) against the costs. Apparently many pivots are OK as they are and there are dangers with a lathe as with the Rollimat. I revert therefore to Mark Kinsler's post whereby honing your hand skills first is the way forward and once learned you will be in a much better place to judge the justification for tool acquisition.