I few months ago I picked up a Hercus Compulathe from a friend. Heres what has gone on since I got it. Mostly reposting from another site where I was keeping an ongoing log on it.
Bought a little CNC lathe today. Neat little Hercus Compulathe. 8" swing ~14" between centers. 8 tool turret. Made in '86.
Really well built. Two people can barely lift it. It is a V way machine but there is a integral stainless chip guard that keep the chips out of where they should not. The carriage and tailstock actually wrap around and under the guard. The 3 jaw chuck is made by Pratt-Bernard.
Its all servo driven Resolvers on the axis' as well as the spindle.
Bad thing is the control wont boot up. Just a solid cursor. Now if I can just find a SVGA LCD screen to replace the monitor I can retrofit it. I have a couple 200 watt brushless servos and drives with step/dir inputs made by SimpleServo. Might be a good option for the machine.