Old machine tools are cool

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Bake, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. Bake

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    Me too. Maybe it's just because I learned on them first. Most shops just had a lathe guy, and you sent your stuff to him, and made everything else yourself :dunno

    I had an Enco in the early '80s, mill drill like that, I was perfectly happy with it. 9 x 27 travel bed, 1.5 horse 110v, worked fine.

    I miss that little mill. Damn divorces.

    That's quite the set-up you have going there, Dave
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  2. dagwood

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    we have three surface grinders. and a couple od and an id grinder.
    i ran an 84" blanchard for awhile. fuck that noise. thats like work with sweat an stink an all tied together.:lol3

    I really like acraloy and "super acra...4130.:lol3 a lot. and even hastealoy. everyone else bitch's but i think it runs true than 8620 or 1045 and chips justas well with the right F&S.
    the weld abilitly is sometimes a bitch but with a good preheat and temper it works just fine.
    and the a,2-a,3 stock mills so nice. none of that gumby endmill killer muck.
    h13 is nice too... soft 36r? but still takes a HT very nice and doesn't tweek so bad.
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  3. dagwood

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    there are a few right now in the PDX craigslist but over priced.. let me see what the boss knows. he basically knows everyone and with so many shops freefalling i might get a steal somewhere.:lol3
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  4. Bake

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    I think that's why we used so much a2, or s7, you can trust it to be dimensionally stable through the HT process. And it's pretty cheap.

    Back when I did production manual milling at Boeing, I had this one part that came through, that one was always a mess. 2024-0 Al. 1" "plate" if you can call it that. Gummy is right, in that O condition, blech
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    Wheedle I love inflatable fun!

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    Just picked up another lathe; Sebastian line shaft. $100.

    :D
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  7. dagwood

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    but does it run?

    Sebastion made good stuff. ...40years ago.:nod

    pics?
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  8. dagwood

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    if it 's just 4140 or CPO1086 it is. but thats only a third of what ido. usually its big ass ugly:bluduh the kind of shit that breaks stuff. :baldy.
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    i was always a "lathe dog"
    mills never did it for me
    I still think my true calling was a machinist.teacher 2nd
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    Howdy Bake,

    The front cover was a very weird shaped part, kind of a bitch to hold in order to make the cuts needed, I just cobbled the setup using what ever I had to block it and hold it so that it wouldn't chatter when I made the cut. It turned out well, took longer to figure out how to hold the darn thing then to machine it. :lol3
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    Howdy dagwood,

    I am looking for something SIMPLE, don't need a steady rest or any real complicated tooling, NEED to be able to run it on 110 Volts. Threading never was my bag, just need a usable power feed on the X and Y, some simple tooling and tool post, a live center would be nice but not a deal breaker. Did I mention I am a CHEAP bastard, let me know if you come across something. THANKS. :deal
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    This things more like 100 years old. No pics, yet.. Forgot my camera.

    It turns, but we don't have a line shaft shop, so I'm going to hook it up to a motor I have sitting on the bench.

    Edit: It strongly resembles the one on the left in this picture. It's 15"x48".
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    have a motor for it yet? the old belters will take just about anything.
    used to have one like that with a 1/2 hp washing machine motor.:lol3 used it for a welding positioner.
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    so a benchtop Atlas/craftsman type or something a bit sturdier.?

    I might have a lead on an atlas but bigger than the bench top. freestanding. I'll check today.
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    http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/tls/1551249204.html

    and could help ya out with some parts like the chuck it needs and tool post. we have piles of stuff that could be made to work on that. the price it right and parts are still available NOS.

    shit i just noticed. it doesn't have an saddle. nevermind. that sucks. that coulda been a steal.
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    Wheedle I love inflatable fun!

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    We get a lot of Titanium, BeCu, Inconel, 17-4 and 15-5 ph stainless... a ton of it , 4640...
    1/4 million dollar engine cases, 200g landing gear forgings.
    I know big ass too... I ran a vtl with a 72" face plate for a while. Now I mostly do little piece-part work, small fittings and such that we cant buy or that have a ridiculous lead time. I spend most of my time digging out broken fasteners and repairing fastener holes that some dummy has mucked up.
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    I'm the opposite... for some reason, I see the steps to make parts on a mill clearer in my head when Im planning it out.
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    Wheedle I love inflatable fun!

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    Oh man... wish I had pics of this old belt-drive monster of a lathe I ran in a shithole job-shop 12-13 years ago. The owner had this huge motor he dug up somewhere mounted to a cobbled together angle-iron frame 8 ft in the air. I guess that was how long the belts where... who knows with this guy. Anyway, you turn the motor on, and use this long arm to release a car clutch to drive the belt. It did not inspire confidence in your personal safety... The owner was something special...

    Ill have to get some pics of our old Boko mill and Fosdick boring mill this week, maybe take a walk down to the other shop and some of their screwball machinery.
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  20. Stinky

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    "70's Lucas. :tough just like every other lucas.
    boring H-13 pillow blocks. yeay."

    I spent a lot of time on one of these bad boys during my apprenticeship many years ago. I ran a fair number of boring mills back then but always had a soft spot for the Lucas machines. A beautiful design, and crazy power. 30 years later, I think I could still run the pendant with my eyes closed. I'd love to have the chance. Certain machines you bond with. This one and I definitely did.