I figured right from the start that they discontinued them temporarily while the manufacturer was making enough again to meet the demand. It was upsetting some people to have them on back-order for so long and was not a good reflection on Grizzly's business to have to keep extending back order dates. . That series of lathes with its various brand names is probably the best value on the market for a full size full feature lathe. No wonder the manufacturer could not keep up to supply and demand. Sure there have been a few with some defects . It happens with any make or model . We always hear about a few defects but seldom hear from the thousands of them that work perfect from the start and have continued to do so . Great to have suppliers like Grizzly and BussyBee and the other distributors of them that are on top of supplying service and parts both on and off warranty for the occasional one that might require it.