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Cataract lathe by Hardinge Bros

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Wessexman18/06/2018 20:05:26
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Hi I have just bought a c1912 Cataract lathe, which according to the oracle were a precision American lathe. It has lost its original cross slide and I wondered if there are any others surviving in the UK? Thanks Keith

richardandtracy18/06/2018 21:46:41
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Now, I have a c1915 fountain pen ( a Mabie Todd 'Swan No. 2 eyedropper' ) that works perfectly and I use regularly, but to see a c1912 lathe do the same would be quite something.



Michael Gilligan19/06/2018 18:50:14
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Sorry, I can't help Keith

But I'm bumping this thread to stop it dropping off the bottom of the page.

They do look delightful machines: **LINK**

Some photos of what you have would be interesting.



Before you ask how to post images:

Edited By Michael Gilligan on 19/06/2018 18:52:23

SteveI19/06/2018 19:53:42
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Interesting. What number spindle does your lathe have? A number 5 size has a spindle bore of approximately 1.25" stock and fits 5C collets. A number 4 is approx 1" stock and fits 4C collets, 3C I am not sure but fits 3C collets. There are 4 deg taper and threading spindle nose variants for the outside of the spindle noses.

There is a chap that is a regular poster on the practical machinist Hardinge forum who is a fountain of knowledge on Hardinge manual lathes and mills, especially the older models. His name is on the link Michael posted. I expect if you posted there you might also have chance to locate a replacement cross slide and possibly other accessories.


Mark Rand19/06/2018 23:16:51
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Larry Vanice is yer man.

Wessexman20/06/2018 12:52:09
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Thanks for all of your help and ideas, much appreciated Keith

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