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Early HARDINGE HLV Lathe

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Hardinge DV-59, DSM-59, TFB-H, HC-AT, HSL-59 & HC   
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Early Hardinge Cataract Toolroom Lathe   
Late "split-bed" Model TL Toolroom Lathe  Plain Lathes 1930/40s
HLV-H Copies: Barer, Cyclematic & Sharp

A Data Pack is available for the early HLV and a Handbook,
Parts Manual and Maintenance Manual for the HLV-H

Regarded when new as the finest quality, most accurate and reliable medium-sized toolroom lathe it was possible to buy, the early HLV had a narrower bed (just under 5-inches wide) than the later HLV-H - and numerous detail differences. Today, even the earliest examples of this classic lathe are, if in sound condition, highly sort-after and command high prices - unsurprisingly since the price new in the early 1950s was in excess of 1300.
Using elements of design seen in earlier Hardinge lathes, it even incorporated the "trademark" twin levers on the face of the headstock first seen on the Cataract-branded precision plain-turning lathes of the 1930s. However the bed, with its wide, flat top face and V-way edges was new - and a complete departure from its immediate predecessor, a machine that had used a split-height bed with the tailstock running on a central bevel and the carriage on conventional ways at front and back.
All HLV and HLV-H models were fitted with a mechanical, expanding-and-contracting pulley variable-speed drive system - with the very earliest HLV type (as shown below) having the speed changed by a hand-turned dial on the face of the stand together with a distinctive, vertically-disposed speed indicator that showed two ranges: a low from 125 to 1000 r.p.m. and a high from 375 to 3000 r.p.m.--a most useful spread. Later models were fitted with pulleys that were expanded and contracted by electric motors, the operation being controlled by a pus buttons with a speed-indicator column, mounted either on the face of the headstock or above it. The other essential HLV feature was also present on the earliest lathes: independent variable-speed drive to the carriage. The first examples manufactured had the speed-selector dial off-set towards the top of the control box with later types having it positioned centrally and the switches moved to the corners of the black-faced panel.
If any reader has photographs of a dismantled HLV (or HLV-H) the writer would be interested to hear from you..


An early and beautifully-preserved HLV with hand-changed spindle speeds

Hardinge HLV spindle-speed  indicator plate

An illustration from the first (dedicated) HLV catalogue as printed for the United Kingdom market

A Data Pack is available for the early HLV and a Handbook,
Parts Manual and Maintenance Manual for the HLV-H


Hardinge Home Page

Hardinge DV-59, DSM-59, TFB-H, HC-AT, HSL-59 & HC   
Hardinge History  Hardinge Millers 
HLV & HLV-H Accessories
Early Hardinge Cataract Toolroom Lathe   
Late "split-bed" Model TL Toolroom Lathe  Plain Lathes 1930/40s
HLV-H Copies: Barer, Cyclematic & Sharp

Early HARDINGE HLV Lathe
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