There are NO American companies that make mini lathes that are in this price range. There is ONE micro and ONE mini lathe manufacturer but the price is nearly doubled. OK, So you DO get what you pay for and that is a not too bad piece of machinery. I put a 5 inch chuck and custom faceplate on mine and a cam stop kit on the tailstock for simplicity. I also added a quick change tool post. With these enhancements AND patience when you make cuts it will perform well. Just dont push it to make cuts that are too deep. In reality ALL the lathes are made by the SEIG factory in China and the C3 is THE most popular. The higher priced ones use brushless DC motors while the majority of the lathes use brush type motors that require the two speed ranges (high and low). These lathes are good for most weekend machinists. IF you dont want to populate 1/2 your basement or garage with a floor standing Warner Swasey this is the lathe for you, just remember it has its limitations.