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    Hardinge Cataract BB59 restore to working condition

    The lathe desk had 3 drawers, the bottom two drawer sides are dovetailed at the corners. The drawer bottoms are in bad shape and the top drawer is a badly made copy of the original. I am replacing the 3 drawers with 6 thinner drawers, (4) 3" drawers and (2) 4" drawer with roller slides to hold...
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    Hardinge Cataract BB59 restore to working condition

    It had a lot of wires, It was old, heavy and it said 2 phase. 2 phase will not work with a 3 phase converter. If it was 3 phase and since I don't have a 3 phase converter, it is now scrap metal some copper and bearings. sorry
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    Hardinge Cataract BB59 restore to working condition

    Hi Jim Thanks for clarifying the horsepower. I read the label as 2 phase and did a search for 2 phase and it was the predecessor to 3 phase. Since I thought it was 2 phase and it weights 80 lbs and I even if a 3 phase converter would work, I don't have one. I do have a few permanent magnet...
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    Hardinge Cataract BB59 restore to working condition

    The original motor is 2 phase and unusable. The horsepower rating cont.40. Does that mean less the 1/2 hp? So is a 1/2 hp motor better than original to use on this lathe? Or bigger 3/4? 1hp? Thanks Frank
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    Hardinge Cataract BB59 restore to working condition

    I didn't know that the the two handles were for fwd-brake-rev and high-low speeds connected to 2 drum switched mounted under the wood top connected by linkage rods. I took apart the drum switches and for the contacts very worn but repairable. The pictures show the switch and wear. I have worked...
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    Hardinge Cataract BB59 restore to working condition

    Hi Jim Do you know of a source for new bearing? Thanks Frank
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    Hardinge Cataract BB59 restore to working condition

    Hi Irby Thanks for those bearing pictures, making the seals is the way to go. Thanks Frank
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    Hardinge Cataract BB59 restore to working condition

    Hi Irby Thank you for this information, I is exactly what I'm looking for to take the spindle apart. Where did you buy the sealed bearing? I ask because the cork will cost me $65 and maybe I should use the $65 towards sealed bearing, since fitting the cork seals is a pain. Frank
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    Hardinge Cataract BB59 restore to working condition

    Here is a picture of the serial number from the brake adjustment access cover. Can someone explain how to read it? Thanks Frank
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    Hardinge Cataract BB59 restore to working condition

    Hi Larry My spindle version has 3 belts. I did remove that nut and picked off the cork gasket in front of the snap ring. Ill be home Tuesday and plan on pushing off the spindle and bearings on my press.
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    Hardinge Cataract BB59 restore to working condition

    Hi Irby So you have the procedure to take apart spindle and bearing since you tried to fit new cork seals. How do you do it? I already took out the end cork seal to get the size. I will order the 1/4 cork from McMasters, I also order the 3 matching belts at the same time. When they built tease...
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    Hardinge Cataract BB59 restore to working condition

    Hi Larry How did you take the spindle and bearing out? When I removed the oil caps the wicks were rotten, so I have to see what the bearing look like, replace the wicks and install 3 matching belts. Frank
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    Hardinge Cataract BB59 restore to working condition

    I was told this could have been a navy lathe. That would explain the grey painted over the original black. I took the spindle housing off the bed and removed the linkage to brake and drum switches. I wanted to get the spindle and bearings out of housing but I think I need a press for that, so...
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    Hardinge Cataract BB59 restore to working condition

    I bought this lathe while away from home for a week. I had to take Lathe desk apart to be able to close my truck bed cover because of the heavy coming the next day. Hardinge did an amazing job in designing this desk, it unbolted completely except for the drawers.
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    Hardinge Cataract BB59 restore to working condition

    Hi I just acquired this Hardinge Cataract BB59 lathe, I was lucking that the guy I bought it from had a bucket loader to put it on my truck. I took me the next day to get the lathe off the wooden desk it came on. Had to get the lathe off the desk and inside before in rained.
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