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    I wonder how much it costs to have a Bridgeport rebuilt by Babin? Probably more than a new import.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toolguy View Post
    Both the Feeler and Sharp copies are very high quality machines. I had a Feeler one for a few years, used Hardinge and Sharp ones in the toolroom at places I worked as a tool & die maker.
    +1.
    Very very very high quality.
    Check out Tony's Lathes.co.uk website.

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    Babin charged 10K to rebuild one of the B'ports at my school. Came back looking and performing better than a new one. And I've used new ones.

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    I have a Feeler HLV clone. Very high quality.
    My friend is a 30+ year machinist, ran a Hardinge lathe for years. He came over and ran my lathe one night and laughed, the electric motor that runs the carriage and cross feed squeals a bit at full speed, he mentioned almost every Hardinge lathe he's ran does the same thing... They copied it so well.

    I practically stole my lathe. It's 440 3phase which I think scared off potential buyers. I run it off a 220 rotary and a transformer.

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    My buddy on Grand Island bought a Feeler HLV-H clone
    that came from the Fisher-Price toy lab in East Aroura.
    Still had factory cosmoline on it. He loves it.

    I have a real HLV-H and also a Tsugami chucker,
    which is a Hardinge HC copy. I must say I like it
    better than a Hardinge HC. Even though I have the
    HLV-H, I just can't sell the Tsugami chucker.
    The roundy-round turret is a pain to set up, but I
    found a combination of tools that works pretty well,
    including a drill chuck on the turret.

    -Doozer
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    Quote Originally Posted by hammernanvil View Post
    I knew about Feeler but I also discovered
    Sharp made a lathe similar to the HLV-H.
    Everything I have ever read about those two lathes mirrors what folks here are saying. High quality lathes. And not very cheep. Id love to own any of the three. JR
    My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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    AML is also another brand of copycat.

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    Currently, Babin seems to sell the Eisen, which is the name of the US importer- the factory is most likely Cyclematic. https://www.cyclematic.com/index.html
    I think Sharp still makes em too.
    http://www.sharp-industries.com/product/1118h

    I think Feeler stopped making them at least ten years ago, maybe more. http://www.feeler.com/
    20 years ago, there were a few more factories there making them, but most have switched to cnc lathes only.
    The global market for new HLVH copies cant be more than a hundred or two a year- barely worth the two factories still keeping them available.

    I am pretty sure I saw one of the last new Hardinges made, a good fifteen years ago- and I think it sold for over fifty grand, new. I was in a shop of a guy who wanted what he wanted, and could afford it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ries View Post
    I am pretty sure I saw one of the last new Hardinges made, a good fifteen years ago- and I think it sold for over fifty grand, new. I was in a shop of a guy who wanted what he wanted, and could afford it.
    DANG! Look who shows up. Ears burning

    Umm, for the newer members Mr. Ries is an expert re: metal working machines.

    Nice to see you Name again. JR
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    Quote Originally Posted by RB211 View Post
    I wonder how much it costs to have a Bridgeport rebuilt by Babin? Probably more than a new import.
    Why have Babin rebuild a Bridgeport when you
    can buy a brand new one from Hardinge?
    Hardinge bought the rights and sells them
    new.

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