Hariosn and Clausing are both part of the 600 group. Harrison m300 lathes went from being made in England to China. Quality was so bad they had to go back to England factory. Latter they have switched back to made in China.Calusing is not the same as it was years ago. They were made in England
years ago now I think there made in some where else. I have a 1998 clausing cnc lathe made in England very nice machine .
I was in Travlers tool last year in the showroom I saw a 13 x 40 clausing for $13000 from 10 feet away It looked like it was made in china .I remember the cross slide was just rough machined I was thinking I could get a better finish using a band saw .
... I am not allowed to buy another used or refurbished machine so, I got quotes on the LeBlond, Clausing and a Kent model as we had vendor status already setup.... Administration says I must buy new.
Put yourself in the OP’s shoes and help him out with the hand he’s been dealt instead of moaning about his administrative bosses. OP, I mentor in a school shop with similar purchasing constraints. We have a Grizzly lathe bought new. I didn’t buy it, but we make it work and the students learn a ton. Decent tooling and a DRO make a huge difference to a marginal machine. Given your budget and need to buy new, I guess is you’d be best off picking a new machine from an established entity like Clausing or dare I say Grzzlee.Sorry for the disrespectful tone, but your operation does not sound like anything where I'd send a kid for serious machinist training. You may be OK, but in my view the trickledown from ignorant admin is inevitable and not consistent with adequate instruction.