Yeaahhhhh I just saw that. I’m going to end up buying a 70’s or 80’s machine I think.Went back and looked and mine is actually shown on data plate as 4 1/2' bed. Grizzly now owns the South Bend brand and a few years ago I stopped by the Springfield, MO showroom where they had several new SB lathes. They may be fine, and I'm not sure where they're made, but they looked like cheap import lathes to me. I wouldn't want one without doing a lot of homework first.
Mike Duke, Thanks for posting Mike, from long ago expirience, in a manufacturing co., in PHX, we had a Harding gearhead machineinsts lathe. Tool and die maker was using it for prototype tooling inhouse use.Thank you. I’m in Boulder City Nevada. Not much to choose from here. I’m looking at shipping no matter what I find. Off brands are great as long as they perform and off brand prices are great too.