Hardinge Clones

I'm starting an R&D shop for a startup Medical company. Does anyone have info on ACRA Tool room lathe's or the Eisen Lathe. Both are Taiwan made Hardinge clones. Buying a Hardinge new will blow my budget and I cant find one used with inch metric threading at a reasonable price.

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Hey Pooch,

Saw the "Sharp" line in Chicago at IMTS a while back. These clones of Hardinge were so good as to be indiscernible to my eye. I don't know anybody with a lathe, although the clones of Bridgeports I see seem pretty good.

Have a peek at this new Sharp for $19,000 US, versus a Hardinge at probably 2 to 4 times the $.

Take care.

Brian Lawson, Bothwell, Ontario.

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Brian Lawson

I'm at a medical device startup too. We have a Sharp knee mill and Acra toolroom lathe. Most of the capital equipment was purchased before my time so I had no input. They were both purchased used from another med. device company and have low hours on them. They are for R&D and no production other than short runs of

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