I again want to thank all that provided feedback re: $2500 question over last few days. I am looking at 2 Clausings at basically same price (tooling about the same, one has 34 5c collets and the other a 4 Jaw, both have collet closers). This is the issue.
The 5914 has a 36" c.c which I prefer, a bit more tooling, but, I can't see the machine in person. He states that the machine has "New Cross Slide Screw & Nut, Variable Speed Block Rebuilt & New Pulley Bushings" and that his man with 50+ years of experience works on them and gives them a thumbs up prior to sale
I might be able to get the guy to lower price to cover shipping, not sure, but, he states it is in fantastic shape. His track record looks great (feedback is 100% and has sold Harding, etc... lathes to others with feedback = very honest, etc...)
The 5903 is 30 miles from me, looks to be in great shape, 3 jaw, 34 5c collets with closer, same basic tooling, shows no wear on bed at all, only 24" c.c (only issue with me).
So, what I am looking for are any "under the surface" known differences between them that I should be made aware of? There is not a lot of data out there, but, there does seem to be more tooling and user input from the 5914 crowd.
Any thoughts or pointers would be well appreciated. Also, it might just be that I am insane to thing 2500 is ok to pay and I should sit back and wait for a better deal....
thanks again for this and past input all.