Where it all happens...
is done on this 1950's vintage rebuilt Hardinge model
HLV-B, fitted with an Acu-Rite DRO, resolution of .0001.
The rebuilding of the lathe is a story unto itself... I
wrote the story for Guy Lautard, hopefully to be
published in The Machinist's Fourth Bedside Reader.
I make extensive use of the Aloris styled quick change toolholders, which are a real boon to any lathe; highly recommended. The lathe has a native 5C collet capability, and also has an assortment of chucks, mosy of which are the Adjust-tru variety, allowing centering of stock to perfection.
vertical mill I use is an ENCO model 1525. This is really
a miniature Bridgeport mill, with a table size of 8"
x 36". Although Taiwanese built, the quality is
quite nice. I inspected it thoroughly before purchase,
and was impressed. It does good work... what more can be
Only bad news is that the motor is 3-phase. I bought a rotary phase convertor for it, which also does double-duty with the lathe.
Accessories include various workholding devices and an assortment of indexing fixtures, notably a 5C collet jig.