Hello... I just purchased a Hardinge Cataract 5C spindle, 4 degree taper toolmaker's lathe; beefier headstock/tailstock, ball bearing version. In the post sales process, it turns out what the seller *meant* to say during the sale was *not* that he had replaced the bearings in the lathe I was purchasing, but that he had replaced the bearings in a different (similar) lathe in about 1988 and was sure I could do the same.
Point being, my worst nightmare has come true: I now own a very good looking 5C paperweight with bad bearings. I know they are bad becuase when I turn by hand it is very difficult, and it rumbles. Research on the web for people in the same position refers to the replacement process as a "saga", "odessy" and other frightening process related descriptors and I'm sort of concerned.
I contacted Iverson/Hargine, which the seller recommended, and was told that they didn't have a source for bearings for the older machines, and wouldn't even have time to go into the archieves to see if they had any drawings, etc. So much for the actual Hardinge approach.
Does anyone have any experience with this, a manual, an exploded drowing, or anything that might be helpful past what Tony has on his site?
Thank you very much.
(To be cross posted to several other places; any and all help really appreciated)