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Small vertical milling machine, morticer, pillar drill with cross vice
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11 May, 2014 16:42:46 BST
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Manchester, United Kingdom

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OK, this is not a Bridgeport - but it does work as a milling machine.  It comprises the top end of an old pillar drill bolted to a substantial fabricated steel base, a cross-vice, a 1/8 hp 1400 rpm single-phase motor, and a no-volt release emergency-stop switch.  I have used it for milling - it's fine on aluminium and brass, and will cut steel too if you go slow and use a lubricant, though obviously it chatters.  The main short-coming, apart from the lack of mass and stiffness in something which does not comprise two tons of cast iron and which will therefore fit on your bench top, is the lack of rise-and-fall table.  This means that the third axis depends on the location of the tool.  There is a home-made depth indicator which reads in 1/8" steps (!) but which can easily be subdivided to 1/64"-ish steps - or you can use a vernier as you adjust the depth of cut, which is what I did.  If I were keeping it I might attach a cheap digital vernier as a DRO for the vertical axis.

If like me you have a very small workshop, this will also do you for morticing in wood (using slot-drill cutters), and of course as a pillar drill.  Even though the motor is a small one, it will cut 1/2" holes in thick steel so long as you go slow, pilot it first, and use a lubricant.  Shaft size is 5/8" - if you want to go faster you might substitute a larger flange-mount motor.  Current speed range is about 250rpm to about 1100rpm, by moving the belt.  

Travel on the vertical axis is about 60 mm, with 110 mm max between tips of closed chuck jaws and the horizontal surface of the machine vice onto which the job is clamped.  This surface is itself 100 mm away from the fabricated steel bed - this then tells you the largest job you can accommodate without further brutalising this Frankenstein creation!   Vice jaws are about 100mm wide, max opening is likewise about 100mm, and x-y travel is such that one can move the tool all around the largest work you could hold between the jaws.    

This will be pickup only, paying in cash please, and start price is what motor, stop switch and cross-vice are worth to me.


      

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