Birmingham CT-1440G Metal Lathe Looks Pretty Darn Good

Yesterday I drove about 5 hours round trip in order to be able to lay
eyes and hands directly on the Birmingham CT-1440G lathe, which is one
of their Made in Taiwan models as opposed to being Made in China like
most of the off-brand 14x40 lathes.
I must say that from what I could tell in looking at the machine that it
appears to be a very well made piece of equipment. Little if any
backlash in the various feeds, hefty castings, nice finish work, clear
easy to read dial and markings. Even the handwheels felt very nice to
the touch.
For the around $4000 price of a new machine with 3 and 4 jaw chucks, two
steady rests, etc. this seems like quite a good deal in modern
equipment. The quality looks to be a significant step above the ~$3000
Chinese 14x40 machines I've seen at Harbor Freight and Grizzly.
Is anyone here running this machine?
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John Horner
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Certainly nothing wrong with B'ham lathes. I have a friend who has a machine shop that runs nothing but B'ham lathes and mills...........good bang for the buck and they can hold what tolerances he needs and they have been very reliable.
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Been using one for almost 10 years now....great machine; I would buy another. I am getting ready to put a DRO on it. I was reading in this group about one yesterday but haven't had time to look at it. I can hold less than 1/2 thou easily.
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