I am not big on Chinese stuff at all, BUT. I have bought some tools through the years from Harbor Freight and they have been fine for the jobs I had. I normally buy from U.S. companies any time I can. However, this is a case of the price difference being such that I would not be buying a mill at all, at the prices I have seen for U.S. made mills. I am looking at cutting mostly ERC and pine, with the occasional oak. From the reviews I have read online, most are happy with the little mill and all agree it is not something you would start a business with, but is a good home use mill. Normal price is $2499.00, it is on sale now for $1999.00 and I have a 25% off coupon so that puts the price around $1500.00 with tax and shipping we are in the $1700.00 range it looks like. I have run the numbers on materials and can not see where I can build one for this, even if I do all of the fabrication, which I do have the tools to do. So somebody talk me out of this? Or tell me about your experience if you have one of these or have seen one. I am having a hard time now seeing where I could get something similar any where near this price?