Ah, going back and looking at his, you're right, I missed those differences. But yeah, I'll take a Taiwanese machine over a Chinese machine when it comes to lathes, no kidding.
And worth every penny. I mean, I can run on an all-analog machine, but even just a half-decent DRO just makes life immeasurably easier. Modern VFDs are great too, gives you much better flexibility - sometimes, you need less speed with the same torque to get a good final work. You can do it the dodgy workaround way with a (very durable) triac(and half the time, it'll still fuck up) and some fiddling, but just buying one is worth the money.
Oh fuck yeah, you're coming out way ahead. Shit, you could even add coolant outflow and still be making out like a fuckin' bandit.
And shipyard lathes can get mad huge. In fact, that World's largest lathe video Scott posted, that's a lathe used for machining container and cruise ship propshafts.
Seeing you discover the bizarre depths of machine shops and tools is a joy, I presume the same joy you get from introducing dopes like me to more advanced computing topics. "Oh shit, that's cool!" "Oh buddy, we have not yet plumbed the depths of this depravity."