I personally don't think it should be locked.
I see they are $6500-ish. I didn't look at the tooling included.
I'd find a used 17x40 Whacheon for that money. Very durable, very accurate machines with parts support. Just sayin'.
Where do they claim that? Lathes | Manual Lathe | Manual Lathes I just spent 5 minutes looking. You would be hard pressed to find a country of origin for any of their lathes.I am not expert but "SUMMIT" got same lathe little higher but everything is standard and they claim "MANUFACTURED IN OKLAHOMA"