Many priced in the 50K range look like they had been used as the puck in a weekly game of forklift hockey
I had to reply to this one....
Last March (almost 1 year) I bought 2 Hardinge Superslant lathes from the original owner....I paid 5k for both machines....one being a 2-axis...and one being a 3axis with 2 turrets.....a hella good deal....these guys took excellent care of them....the paint was still perfect.....but in this last year...I too, have become the master of repairs.
I like to think there is a guardian angel looking out for me.....and my new shop's next door neighbor is a guy (obiwan like) who worked in the robotics industry his whole life....now retired....he spends his days making cnc machines from scratch....big ones for his own purposes....he enjoys a puzzle and at times these superslants have been up there in complexity to get them to run again....LOL
I hope your machine is still running.....watch out for the 401 and 424 axis servo alarms.......
this will happen when your resolver is slightly outta timing.....best way for me to fix that when it happens (once every moth or 2) is to manually move the axis until the resolver gets back in time.....doesn't take much......when you move the ball screw.....you gotta go back to the control and shut it down and bring it back up.....eventually Ive had those alarms go out.
I must say....Im tired of praying that they come on every morning.....but.......they are awesome pieces of iron and really deserve a retrofit to bring them into the new century. The hold tolerance all day long (when running) and Ive made money on both of them.....
right now, my 2-axis is down.....I had to rebuild the resolver and make a new coupling.....now Im having a hydraulic issue (startup) and have decided to start the retrofit on it.....just hope the 3-axis makes it while I do that.
Im attaching some pix of my superslants and my paintball gun that I made on them for you guys....enjoy
wow! ....the lathe looks like new in those fuzy pics.....and that gun is NICE!, did you 3axis the scroll work on the sides or is it applied somehow ?....
..certainly no wimpy little "Cricket"
A few (not quite as blurry) pix of mine, and yes it is still running.
Next time I have issues I'll be PMing you to swap stories! Seriously, it is really good to hear from someone else who is trying to run on of these beasts!
The third picture is the drawer full of live tools and the chuck. The 4th is some PEEK parts I've been making for the past week.