I’ve been on the lookout for a Hardinge HXL or something similar for ages. After lots of umming and arrrring regarding building something from scratch, this seemed like the best way to go to getting a CNC lathe together to go alongside the Deckel FP2A. This one came up for auction and wasn’t a million miles away, so I went to have a look and the inevitable happened. New around 1985 and costing around the equivalent of 2 semi detached houses. The GE Mark Century control and all the electronics will be scrapped and a new control and drives etc retro fitted. .
Our she pops ...... and on her way home. A completely painless operation
Gordon and Chris on the case once again ...
Where the hell do you start ....
Coolant guards off, it broke my heart when you see how well engineered everything is. It really was built to last a lifetime.
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Full of 80s state of the art electronics in this cabinet and power related stuff in the other. There’s a transformer that, judging by its size belongs in an electric sub-station in the bottom of the closed cabinet.
There’s around 8 bolts accessed from inside the pedestal that hold the cabinet on. The last few turns on the last bolt were a bit scary, waiting for the cabinet to topple over, again working on my own. That bit of rope wasn’t actually all that reassuring!
Neither was trying to manoeuvre it on one prong of the pallet truck.
One down, one to go. Although this one was a lot heaver, in some ways it worked out to be easier as i could get the pallet truck right under it with both sides. I dread to think how much these things way. They’re more like safes than electrical cabinets.
There was a lathe in there after all. I was pleasantly surprised after Id spent a while cleaning