12 years ago
I dug out my OM Larios mill from storage today (another story..geeeze)
and set it out in my repair area for a rebuild and grooming. I sold my
Clausing 8540 (30 taper) small horizontal miller last week, making room
for this 40 taper carcass.
It originally was the master tool makers mill from when Garcia-Mitchell
was still in California..and I bought it for $150 a couple years ago. As
I was loading it up..the original owner..the master tool maker, now with
his own shop...told me to load up the cabinet next to it as well. When I
looked...it contained every attachment, tool and whatnot that Larios
ever made for this mill. Verticle head, live/linked gear cutter,
arbors, tool holders, collets...you name it. That damned cabinet
weighed nearly as much as the mill!!
When I got it home..I carefully covered all the working parts with
thick grease to protect the ways, slides, gears etc etc.
The Italians made a very nice mill..however..they once again
demonstrated that they had NO clue about electricity..putting the
controls on the left side of the base of the mill...which made putting
the old girl in a corner...out of the question.....
This thing has a 8x 42" table...full power on all axis...laid out
neater than a Cinci. Except..for the controls...sigh.
So Im going to have to strip off the partially stripped paint...prime,
repaint, build a new electrical control thats actually usable, put the
table back on it and put it to work after tuning.
Glad Ive got a holiday to work on it. Behind it are a DoAll
bandsaw..discontinued in 1953... and an OmniTurn retrofitted Hardinge
HC that needs paint and a tune up.
Happy happy happy!! Lots to do!