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Old April 26, 2013, 01:40 PM   #39
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One way to protect yourself is to have an expert look at a used machine.

A machinery repairman may charge $75 an hour to look at a machine. You know what you are getting, and any repairs needed can be haggled over. Before the sale.

Machine repair is expensive. Rebuilding a compound on a Hardinge 59 was $2500.......30 years ago.

Bearings in the headstock of a 13x30 lathe can cost $ installation. That was 20 years ago.

Just be careful of bargains.

Another way is to get a cheap lathe, run it and findout what you REALLY want/need in a lathe. Keesp the first one for polishing and such.
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