Hardinge Quest Super Precision Quest GT27 / Quest GT27 / CHNC 42
Category: Hardinge Lathes


An excellent complement to a Swiss machining operation, QUEST Series is used on thousands of machine installations worldwide and offers enhanced automation capability and automated robotic parts handling capabilities for an outstanding value.

Hardinge’s SUPER-PRECISION QUEST Series turning centers are unlike any gang tool or gang turret machine in that they include our patented interchangeable top plate and world-renowned, quick-change collet-ready spindle.The small footprint is perfect for producing high-quality parts for all industries but standout in medical and aerospace. Every Hardinge QUEST Series turning center undergoes strict certification to assure you that your machine meets the quality standards our customers expect when buying from Hardinge.

Depending on how you outfit your machine, it can be used as a stand- alone unit, a higher capacity system with a bar feed, or a fully automated system with a robot combining both versatility and value in one machine. Some of the enhancements to this next generation machine include 4X faster index time, 172% more X-axis Travel, 18% faster X-axis traverse rate, 57% faster Z-axis traverse rate, more rigidity with FANUC servo turret index motor and 30% less floor space.

Key differentiators


  • SP-Series turning centers will exceed expectations with superior .000015”part roundness and 0.000008” (Ra) surface finish

High-precision linear guideways, ballscrews and axis drives

  • The 1”(25mm) hardened and ground, double-nut ballscrews and guide trucks used for the X and Z axes are grease lubricated
  • Fast traverse rates of 708ipm/18mpm on the X-axis and 945ipm/24mpm on the Z-axis (GT 27) provide reduced cycle times

Improved machine maintenance

  • Grease lubrication provides several advantages over way lube oil systems
    • No oil skimmer required
    • No degradation of water-base coolants —Environmentally friendly with no need to dispose of contaminated oil



Quest CHNC 27

Quest CHNC 42

Spindle HP 10 HP 7.5 kW 10 HP 7.5 kW 10 HP 7.5 kW
Spindle Speed 8,000 RPM 8,000 RPM 5,000 RPM
Chuck Size 4C, 5C, 6C, & 16C 4C, 5C, 6C, & 16C 4C, 5C, 6C, & 16C
Bar Size 1.062 in 27 mm 1.062 in 27 mm 1.653 in 42 mm
X-Axis Travel 11.966 in 304.2 mm 12.764 in 324.21 mm 12.764 in 324.21 mm
Z-Axis Travel (5C Spindle) 11.063 in 281 mm 12.45 in 316.23 mm 12.45 in 316.23 mm
Z-Axis Travel (16C Spindle) 10.413 in 264.5 mm 11.80 in 299.72 mm 11.80 in 299.72 mm
CNC Control Unit FANUC 32 bit 2 liT FANUC 32i FANUC 32i
Floor Space 77 x 58.62 x 64.10 in 1955.8 x 1488.9 x 1628 mm 77 x 58.62 x 64.10 in 1955.8 x 1488.9 x 1628 mm 77 x 58.62 x 64.10 in 1955.8 x 1488.9 x 1628 mm
Approx. Machine Weight 4,900 lbs 2,222 kg 5,220 lbs 2,376 kg 5,220 lbs 2,376 kg