Bernado is roughly the Austrian version of Grizzly. Imports a large variety of chinese tooling, painted in their colors. Lathes, bending brakes, drills press, compressors etc. Take a look under the "product range" tab.
From there own website:
"Development / Purchasing
Selecting new products, which are in demand and meet customers requirements, is one of the most challenging tasks for our purchasing team."
Hard to believe there is any real involvement in the design, manufacturing or even quality control. No way are they designing a lathe like this one. I expect you can find any of their products under a number of different brands in other markets, like Grizzly, Precision Matthews, RC Machines, Shars.
Since the various machines in their catalog are sourced from a wide variety of chinese manufacturers, there is not much to be gained by extrapolating the experience of Bernado lathe model A with Bernado lathe model B. They will only have the paint color in common.
Doesn't this thread break the forum rule on chinese machines?
The rule is, and always has been, no home shop grade Chinese machines. Re Bernardo and Grizzly...they are similar in their lower end offerings, some of which is junk, but different in the higher end machines. Although Grizzly has some decent lathes as well in the 15,16 inch swing category, they have nothing like this model. Having said that, Grizzly has a nice lathe than Bernardo doesn't... a Hardinge HLV-H copy via their Southbend moniker.
Chinese or not, an honest review of the 30K Bernardo would add knowledge, especially since that end of the market is almost on existant for those who like high end manual machines. Rebuilding a Monarch 10ee or equivalent to spec is a 30K program so a comparison would be valid. Dave