New lathe in the metal shop

As you may be aware, the metal shop now has a new lathe, arrived on Tuesday the 21st January 2020.
The approved budget set aside for the lathe was $8000. The lathe cost $3850 plus $495 for transport.
The metal shop would like to use the remaining money to fix a few things on the lathe ( feet for leveling-6 off, oil change, drive belts, coolant change etc. and also purchase upgrades ( quick change tool post, Digital read out, reversible 3 jaw chuck jaws, lockable cabinet) and some tooling (pipe center, drill chuck etc) i have been advised that this would be OK as long as it is spent on the lathe as the budget has already been approved. Does anyone have any objections for metal shop to go ahead with this plan for the lathe?

nope, sounds good. I’d suggest to enough basic tooling to make the machine usable as well… ie some HSS tool steel blanks , more carbide holders and carbide bits too. I know we don’t tend to buy carbide etc as they are consumables, but as a one-off, and becuase the purchase is way under budget, I think it’s perfectly ok.

Hi Buzz, thanks for your input, it does seem to be a general consensus that it would be OK to go ahead and use the full approved amount for and on the lathe.