Yes, it's only a "training" lathe, a Denford Orac but its guts are very serious. It has good ballscrews on both axes with adjustable double ball nuts, double A/C bearings at both ends of the Z screw along with the spiral expanding chip covers, hardened ways and serious bearings in the spindle. I'm getting only the bed/headstock-spindle/carriage with ballscrews, etc and the sheet metal base carcass. I won't be needing the ancient steam powered tape drive electronics & steppers. It came (I'm told) from a university and has around 30 hrs. on it. It's perfect for the small production work I get these days and will fit in my shop with just a few minor shuffles.
Here's a pic of it from a brochure:
It's freaky how things work out sometimes. I've been collecting bits & bobs to scratch build or retrofit a more capable CNC lathe than the one I cobbled together last year from the Craigslist Denford MicroMill. I've looked at used 7x14's and read all the CNCZone retro's thinking I'd do one of those (yuck.) Thankfully, along comes this Orac at a fair (not gloatworthy) price and I pulled the trigger on it a couple days ago.
After doing a little research and downloading the manuals, I find that under the hood it's an Emco Compact 8, the exact lathe my manual lathe is a very well-built clone of! So, the 3 & 4 jaw chucks, the ER-32 collet chuck, the tailstock (which the Orac is missing) the steady rest and other tooling is a perfect match! I couldn't be happier.
Well, I guess I could be happier if coincidentally one of you guys just happened to travelling from the Detroit area down through east Tennessee or west AR this weekend and had some extra room in the back of your truck.