I think I just joined ranks of Hardinge owners in an odd way. I was stalking a forklift at an industrial auction online when I threw a bid on a second operation Hardinge because it looked like it came with enough tooling to make a safe investment. My bid did not even pass the minimum bid (reserve) limit and I thought about it no more. My idea was to load it up with some turret tooling (it showed a lot included in pics) and fab up some fasteners in brass for some of my toolmaking projects. The forklift got away from me. Anyone who wants a 30 year old forklift with a busted radiator and leaky hydraulics enough to pay 2k for it is going to beat me every time. Some 2 weeks later I get a call from the auction house asking if I want the machine for my low bid. It took me a few moments to recall that I threw a bid on it. My thought was that I could make one trip and fetch both items... Now I am headed to the Midwest to pickup a a lathe I kind of wanted - but not enough to chase it. I expect lots of drama as the Company has a ton of removal requirements including worker's comp paperwork and tax exempt forms to fill out. I don't know a simple old hobbyist like me is going to ever qualify to go on site. The company makes aluminum and brass pneumatic filters and fittings so it's possible that this old machine has not cut much steel before. I will try to keep you all updated with pics and stories about the move and the machine.