These are the type of turnings that can be done on this lathe(the spirels are done on another machine,after they are turned on the hapfo lathe.) the two of them together can produce some rather interesting work.
This is the before view of the lathe as it appeared when it arrived from KY. there was alot of work to do.
Well as you know I have been looking for a hapfo copy lathe for a long time. It’s been about 4 yrs.
These lathes are very expensive say 30,000—to—100,000. So you can see that it is the unattainable dream.
It seems to me that the Germans think that there machines are gold plated because when i look at this lathe , I don’t see 40,000 dollars. but just the same I was able to find one and spent a lot of time restoring it and soon it will be up and running. we are going to take out the old electronics and put in all new stuff. I couldent find the exact color but what i did find was close enough. It needs a follower chuck that steady’s thin turnings,and hapfo wants 4000 bucks for one so it would be cheaper to have one made. Hear are some pictures before and after. And here are pic’s of what it can do. The twists are done on another machine though. but the two of them work hand&hand.
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