Here are some random photos, Sale price is $1900. Spend a day with this machine or the new 10K and you'll know what quality is. The 8K comes with a two page test record signed and dated by the inspector and the director. My last lathe certainly didn't come with any such record. Reminds me of when I made high precision switches for NASA and the Armed Forces. Every step of production was signed and dated. Also the lathe was useable out of the crate! I only leveled the ways with a Starrett machinists level, lubed it and broke in the spindle. That test face on brass was perfectly flat, and the 16" aluminum turn had only .004" run out without touching the tailstock. I just don't see where you would get a lathe with hardened ways, D1-3 camlock spindle, 1-1/8" spindle bore, variable speed brushless 1.5 hp motor, digital tach and more for $1900.00 with any other lathe out there.How about a couple of photos of the lathe itself and details of you get
What is the rediculous low price.Here in the outback,didnt know
southbend were still making lathes. Regards barry
And the variable speed, my 7X16 had that and once you've had V/S it would be hard to go back, specially since I have all carbide inserts except the cutoff which is HSS. One thing to note is the 4" chuck is smaller than 1-1/8", but the 5" is slightly bigger. 1.125 SP. to 1.126 CK.The spindle bore on your lathe is 1 1/8", which is larger than the 10k SB lathe version which is a definite plus.