Yes,copies of the Hardinge HLVH are made in Taiwan. They are also very expensive. You get what you pay for in the end. Even at the high prices the HLVH clones sell for,I doubt you'd hear a professional machinist say they are really the equal of a USA HLVH. After all,the HLVH was selling for about $65,000.00 when they quit making them.
I've found the material quality used in the Feelers is well below that found in Hardinge HLVH machines. One example comes to mind, that being cross feed lead screws. The Hardinge screw measured north of 40 RC, while the Feeler screw was just over 14 RC.
The machines Aston Martins to Yugos if you ask me!
If I won the lottery, I would first buy a new house where I could put a nice shop in the back yard, Then get me a new lathe, mill and Surface grinder. Actually why not buy a complete shop setup Yea, Keep the old stuff as backups and for the Son-in-law to play with, new nice stuff for me. It would sure beat the heck out of half of 1 car garage.
Wow. Unlimited funds.... A trip to the future to obtain cures for RA and Diabetes, a trip to the past to cure my wife's ailments. (and of course publicize the cures at no charge).
Then think about a place in or near the Smokies with a decent shop and power. I'm not sure if I'd go all all out for CNC, or just top quality small machines to do hobby work.
I'll wait for the first to come to pass before I begin on the others.
If I had unlimited funds, I would set up a Charity fund on this site so that those that fall into hard times could get bridge funding until they could get back on their feet. I would let the moderators / administrators, administer it as they say fit.
I had to scroll through almost the entire thread to find this.
A fully restored monarch 10EE was the first thing that came to my mind.
I'd also go out and get a Leblond Regal 15 x 54 (fully restored) as I had one several years ago and sold it before learning how to use it.
Plus I'd send out my Logan and Bridgeport to get everything rebuilt to spec.
and a nice surface grinder, obi punch press, power hacksaw(50's or 60's era), large belt grinder....full tooling, full indexed drill set
Well I'm drooling now.
Wow, this is an easy answer for a car. Tube chassis Countach Kit car with a twin turbo destroked billet lower end small block.
Machines.... a truely BLANK check.
I would call the riggers and have them come get my EXCELLO mill and have it taken to a rebuilder and tell them to do their thing.
I would then locate a Colchester with a 15 inch swing and 60 inch table and do the same with it. Ship directly to a rebuilder and then to me.
I would also get a surface grinder.... B&S most likely but a bigger one. I can't fit a 618 in my shop right now. I would hunt a big one down though, full rebuild of course.
I would also search out a shaper.... not sure what... haven't got that far yet. But something Cincinnati built, keeping the rebuilders busy.
Lastly, a Hardinge HLV-H. I can't think of a better lathe made for accuracy.
Maybe a matching CNC Hardinge..
May also locate a bigger Monarch. Nothing crazy, 20 inch swing max and 80 or 120 max length. that one would be the big bill form the rigger and rebuilder.
I would find a CNC mill also at some point... and go over to the tech school to learn CNC machining.
But with a blank check I would go 5 axis, multi spindle crazy stuff. Honestly this is the purchase I would question the validity of even more so than the bigger lathe. It would probably end up being a Hurco VM5i or something simpler like that. It's reasonably all I would ever really need.
Figuring I am shooting for the moon here.
New Lincoln top line TIG machine with a cooler and all the bells and whistles.
New Lincoln MIG, same deal.
Two plasma cutters... one 50-60 amp. Lincoln. Yes I like the red ones.
The other a big dog, with a 5 by 10 CNC table. Water jets are neat, but very expensive to maintain.
And of course the obligatory call to KBC or some tool vendor.
Most of their kits. end mills, reamers, drill bits, grinding wheels, boring head sets and the like. All the machines in the world are no thing without tooling.
Then the call to the steel vendor. I would say 3 truck load of various material. Got to have stock to work with. And enough extra stock to build stock racks, welding tables machinery bases.
Lastly, a nice big granite surface plate and proper meterology equipment for it.
Oh, now I am editing.... forgot stuff
Parts for a heat treat oven. I would rather build it.
While on the high heat topic. materials to build a forge. couple anvils and a collection of blacksmithing tools. And a power hammer for when I am being lazy and when I am too old to beat steel and form it by my own hand.
The last and most important thing. A reasonable guest house for my son so he can share in the joy of the shop.
All I can think of is money was no problem, I'd buy a new butt because mine has a crack in it and the way it's been dragging lately I'm pretty sure I've worn a hole in it. (okay, just kidding as it was in humor, albeit poor humor)
Actually if money were no problem, I'd start a non profit organization that took "at risk" people and teach them to be machinist, welders, electricians, carpenters, etc. etc. and take jobs on for cost. I'd have a large tract of land that would have a large central classroom/shop with housing for singles and families and make it mandatory that all persons attend multiple classes on varying disciplines including home economics, managing a budget, math and other technical lessons in order to become self sufficient and productive in society. They would receive a small wage and room and board, of course drug and alcohol testing would be mandatory as well as attending certain social functions. The only caveat would be once a person becomes self sufficient, I'd ask that they help teach others for a period of time and pay it forward!
Now if only I could win a few hundred million from the lottery, because I see no other way I would become that wealthy honestly!
Money's never been 'no object' so I'd probably die of shock....
I'd find a smallish industrial unit, get some sofas and a hifi in, buy some decent used machinery (couple of lathes, mills, pillar drills, tig welder - maybe even some for that funny brown stuff they make trees out of) and open a Men's Shed, open access social centre like a Makerspace on cast-iron supplements.
At home I'd buy the place I rent and extend the workshop to fit in a Mighty Holbrook H20 for bigger stuff, a Holbrook CB8 electronic for smaller stuff (to keep my C13 cosy, family time) and a Deckel FP1 and a big universal mill with powered overarm and powered elbows n shoulders (mine are about worn out...). Might even get a Bridgeport, just for drilling ;-) A surface grinder would be nice, too!
Edit: Almost forgot, 3-phase power!
Dave H. (the other one)