In the preliminary process of replacing a couple of worn out lathes. Looking at a LeBlond 26"x117" geared head (RKL-25120) lathe but have no idea what type of quality or rigidity the new ones have compared to the older iron. The quoted price is not exactly cheap ($54K base). We have looked around at auctions and most of the manual equipment has been well used. Anyone have any hands on with the newer models?