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Milling Machine (Axminster / Sieg Super X1L Micro mill, model makers mill)
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Wincanton, United Kingdom


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Used: An item that has been previously used. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully ... Read moreabout the condition
Brand: Axminster / Seig
Sieg / Axminster super X1 Micro Milling machine (metric) with 400*145mm long table and leadscrew upgrade (essentially an super x1L equivalent)  featuring Digital readout scales w / remote displays on both x and y axis. Tilting column model. Includes the following
Warco 5pc HSS end-mill set ( 3 5 6 8 and 10mm with 6mm & 10mm. shank dia) 
3x 2 Morse Taper direct collets (6 10 12mm)
12 Piece clamping kit
2 Morse taper drill chuck (Max 13 mm capacity) and chuck key
All requisite tools for drawbar removal, locking each axis and gib strip adjustment
Original operators manual

Overall mechanical condition is good, dovetail slide ways are un -  marked and barely worn,  Longitudinal ways are obviously in new condition as the bed itself is approx 5 months old (probably could dig out the receipts to verify this if necessary). With the exception of the aluminium DRO mounting brackets, the machine has been used only to cut high density foam, and mahogany by myself. I bought the machine second-hand from a chap selling it on behalf of his elderly father , and it had received very little use, the machine was essentially in storage with a layer of what appeared to be a heavy transport / storage grease, with no sign of any tooling about the place, other that that which comes with the machine as standard. The graphics used on the Axminster 'white' decals are I think fairly recent, leading me to think the machine is probably 2-5 years old.  
Overall an accurate machine capable of decent work, currently in tram to within a few thou on the dial.

There are some defects, nothing at all major but for the sake of being honest, they are as follows, z axis locking bolt is missing its plastic handle (a relatively flimsy item, and a common breakage it would seem), still locks you just have to grip it with something. Plastic knob for variable speed is off, seemed to want excessive force to get it back on, so I just left it off.
Appears to have a minor fault, in that despite being off at the switch on the machine and in the zero output de tent on the variable speed knob, switching on at the mains causes the spindle to rotate at maybe 5 -10 rpm with practically zero torque and can be stopped by touching it lightly. It has done this since I bought it, haven't really looked in to it as I just use the mains switch to switch on. The variable speed knob still functions otherwise perfectly, achieving it's full range of speeds so doesn't really affect functionality and, thinking about it, having the power off at the mains when changing bits and having other tools in the machine is almost certainly safer practice. 

If it bothers you, spares are readily available from places such as arc euro trade, and are relatively inexpensive. 

End-mills are in as new condition, like I said only been used on very soft materials for prototyping, once in aluminium.
like wise, the clamping kit is as new bar some scuffing of the black finish from tightening the nuts, kit is complete with the exception of one 't' nut. 
Drill chuck is virtually unused with original grease lurking about in places.
Taper surfaces on both the collets and the spindle / register are in good condition, all tools and kit other than the mill itself and the tools it is supplied with from new, were themselves purchased from new roughly 5 months ago.
Minimal hammer damage to drawbar.
Practically free of corrosion.
Fine / coarse spindle feed change functions well, as does hi / low range gearbox.

The dro scales are attached using an epoxy based adhesive formulated specifically for metal to metal bonding, small aluminium adaptation plates are bolted to the scales and serve to optimise contact between surfaces. It is a neat job and the scales function with precision, as if bolted, but in the event the travel is exceeded or the scales take a significant knock, the bond will give, minimising the likelihood of damaging the scales. the residual adhesive is easy to scrape off in preparation for re-glueing. The displays are magnetic and can be stuck to the head. Small plastic brackets for mounting mechanically to a panel are included should you wish to do so.

Selling the machine to raise funds for tooling up much larger machine as I now need to produce components in metal.

Detailed spec. of machine can be found easily on-line

Collection Only, Paypal or cash upon collection 

Feel free to ask any questions you may have 

Thank you for looking


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