There is a 2000 or 2001 Hitachi Seki TS15 CNC lathe available over here for $1K that might be a good candidate for a LinuxCNC conversion, or simply fixing whatever problem(s) it currently has. I wish I had room for it in my tiny shop or I'd grab it in a picosecond:

Video showing one like this one running: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jradaBULojk

https://boston.craigslist.org/nos/tl...790573080.html