Babin Machine Tool Tool Maker Lathe model: TML-5Cem

Our Hardinge style TML-5Cem lathe offers the same benefits and accuracies as the Hardinge HLV-H model (Starting around $28,680). You’ll probably notice some similarities to other “catalog” toolroom lathes or even some internet commerce companies that may offer an internet discount or some that even cost a lot more.

The Babin Machine Tool advantage:

  • Babin Machine Tool has been in business for over 56 years with sales across the country.
  • We have been rebuilding Hardinge HLV-H precision lathes for 40+ years.
  • We have received a well earned name and reputation for our Hardinge rebuilding results.
  • Each Hardinge style lathe, our Model TML-5C lathe series, is delivered from our facility.
  • Each lathe we fully qualify for accuracy, fit and finish, with test cuts performed. We install optional digital readout systems, offer tooling such as Hardinge 5C collet sets, chip guards, Albrecht keyless drill chuck, USA made live center, Aloris toolpost, and more.
  • Our years of rebuilding Hardinge HLV-H lathes gives us insight that no other dealer could have nor offer. No other dealer can do what we do! We know what we sell.
  • Our ST model includes our proven USA made servo threading system integrated into the lathe we specify. The ST offers easy touch screen data entry for Metric, English, and multi-start pitches. The servo threading system simplifies threading with RH and LH capability.
  • Our TML-5Ce/m model is equipped with the standard Eng/ Metric gearbox for threading.

When deciding on a new 5C toolroom lathe, you have the option of selecting a lathe from a catalog or machinery dealer who would ship a lathe unchecked in a crate, OR, you can choose to purchase a precision toolroom lathe that will indeed be precision. Your new lathe will be backed by a company that knows the lathe inside and out.

Our reputation comes with each lathe.

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  • Spindle run out within 50 millionths of an inch (0.0015mm)
  • Hardened and precision ground spindle mounted on high-precision preloaded angular contact ball bearings maximizes rigidity and sustained precision
  • Infinitely variable spindle speed provides desired speed on demand
  • EVS model has 3 HP motor with current vector inverter drive for increased low end torque. Yaskawa high end model with excellent reliability.
  • Fast lever 5C collet closer allows chucking with one single movement
  • Independent electric variable feeds for carriage and cross slide provide freedom of operation. AC VFD type, Yaskawa
  • Hardened and precision ground alloy dovetail steel bed ways resist wear
  • Turcite-B slideway bearing surface between carriage and bedplate
  • Inch/Metric quick change gearbox. Optional DT, digital threading available
  • Inch/Metric dual dial and quick-action compound slide for threading
  • Automatic thread length control


“After seeing the Hardinge style TML-5C  toolroom lathe displayed at the 2008 Eastec machine tool exposition, we were impressed by the look, feel, and features of this lathe enough to purchased it. Of course, the good reputation of Babin Machine made the decision even easier. We now rely on our Babin TML lathe for fast and accurate prototyping work and it has proven to be a real performer. We are very pleased with the lathe, the value, and the service from Babin Machine”.

Henke Sass Wolf of America, Inc.

Udo Plocher
Vice President Manufacturing, Dudley, MA

June 7, 2013
“By the way, our Tool Room Lathe is still running strong and the guys here love it!”

Mike S. of Bluefin Robotics Corp. , Quincy, MA
Unsolicited comment regarding our Babin Machine TML-5Cst lathe purchased Feb 2011

TML-5Cem testimonial January 2017

I received the machine Monday 1/23. Hooked up and running. Having run Hardinge my entire career, this machine is very impressive. A wonderful machine.

J. C. Virginia

TML-5Cem Tool Room Lathe Specifications
Spindle Nose Diameter Ø 2.189”
Spindle Nose I.D. / O.D. 5C Collet / 4° taper same as Hardinge HLV
Variable Spindle Speed w/ 5C Collet 100 ~ 3500 rpm
Hole through Spindle 1-1/4”
Distance between Centers 18”
Swing over Bed 11”
Swing over Carriage 9”
Swing over Cross Slide 6”
Carriage Power Feed Range 5/ 16” ~ 7”
Cross Slide Power Feed Range
3/ 16” ~ 4”
Tailstock Spindle Taper MT #2
Tailstock Spindle Travel 3-3/4”
Coolant Pump 1/ 8 HP, 220V, 3PH
Lead Screw Diameter 1” (8 TPI)
Main Motor 3 HP, 220V, 3PH, fan cooled, inverter rated
D.C. Feed Motor 110V, 70W
Metric Threads (mm): 36 kinds 0.275, 0.2875, 0.30, 0.325, 0.35, 0.375, 0.40, 0.4375, 0.45, 0.50, 0.55, 0.575, 0.60, 0.625, 0.65, 0.675, 0.70, 0.75, 0.80, 0.875, 0.90, 1.0, 1.1, 1.15, 1.2, 1.25, 1.3, 1.35, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.75, 1.8, 2.0, 2.5, 2.7
Inch Threads (TPI): 36 kinds 11, 111/2, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 171/2, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 35, 36, 40, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 60, 64, 70, 72, 80, 100, 108
Net/Gross Weight 1826 lbs. / 2222 lbs.
Packing Dimensions Approx. (L X W X H) 74” x 34” x 74”

So why shop the catalogues or commerce sites when our lathe is the best value, period.

  • Precision ground bedplate
  • Optional DRO system
  • Tooling available
  • One-shot lube pump to ways
  • 1-year warranty
  • Phone support if needed
  • Sales throughout the country
  • English / Metric threading
  • Hard-Koat crinkle finish
  • Optional gloss gray paint
  • EVS spindle operation
  • Dynamic braking
  • Toolroom accuracies
  • Smooth operating hand wheels

5C collet style 4 degree taper nose spindle

English / Metric feedbox

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Model: TML-5Cnc

We also build our model: TML-5Cnc with Centroid CNC control for both manual and CNC operation. Great lathe for prototype and modeling. Super precise.

Available Dorian gang tool setup for their toolpost for production runs with no wasted time for tool changes.

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