We still have our 1989 Conquest 42 that we bought new as our first CNC machine. I'd say that it is a good all around, reliable machine. You can't take heavy cuts with it, but it is precise, versatile, and easy to use. You can absolutely still get parts and service for it. I guess I wouldn't pay too much attention to the hours if you know what you're looking at and can judge for yourself what condition the machine is in. I would do a bunch of tool indexes to watch and listen to how the turret lifts, indexes, and reseats itself. The turret indexing has been the only problematic thing for us. I think they straightened that out in the later machines, though. I don't own a machine with a subspindle, but I heard that some if not all of them were not servo controlled but rather controlled hydraulically like a tailstock. Again, I haven't used the subspindle, but it just seems less than desirable designed that way. If your budget allows, I would consider looking at the next generation Conquest T42. I believe this to be a better machine.