Likely someone else snapped it up, but if I somehow got in first I might be on my way to a deal on a K&T Milwaukee "H" vertical mill - which I gather is "either a 1H or a 2H, depending on length of table"
50 Taper, lots of collets, delivery included (but then I have to get it off the trailer, so I may yet be calling the riggers.)
Seemed like a nice enough machine at a "get it out of the way of my new machine so I don't have to store it" price that I've offered to bite without actually getting a look at it.
Any common problems? Any advice (other than the riggers, who are nice guys and don't cost too much in the grand scheme of things) for getting it off a flatbed trailer (into a shop with a flat concrete floor, and a
I thought they made the H model in #4 and #5 also. If it turns out to be a #5, I sure hope you have room for it.
Often people don't know that the coolant pump can be engaged or disengaged inside the door on the right side facing the machine from the front. There is a collar that is slide down to engage the pump. If I remember correctly there is a place to oil the pump in there also. They are truly nice machines and really trouble free if taken care of. I want a 2H horizontal with the vertical head attachment, but don't have any room for one.
Get it delivered on a roll back and it can be slid onto the floor. Put a couple of anchors into the floor on the far side of your shop to hook a come-along onto. Pull the machine in with the comealong. Unless your floor is very rough the machine should slide easily.
I gathered the "1 or 2" from a web search indicating that if it just said H on the casting, which it was depended on the table size. Being described as an H, I'm assuming (not having gone 40 miles to look at it yet) that that's all it says on the side of it. OTOH, the present owner guesstimates it at 5000 lbs or so, which makes my usual cheater crane (the backhoe) quail - 1500 at the hoe end, 3000 on the bucket.
My usual riggers are $68/hour port to port (and less than 30 minutes away), plus a (higher) charge for the truck if we use their truck - on the other hand, if we use their truck, they can take it off the guy's trailer at their shop and then deliver it, without as much scheduling hassle or paid waiting time. There is room in the shop, although the timing is less than perfect (shop still nominally under construction, clutter in place, 6000 BF of lumber, etc.) I'm also going to have to either change the motor down to something smaller (estimated at 5 hp 3 phase) or put in a gigantic converter that might PO the power company (I'm out on a rural single-phase line, near the end - and they officially wish to be talked to about motors over 2 HP.)
On the third hand, I'm (probably) never going to see a deal like this on a nice hunk of iron like this again - while it is being replaced, it's in use, under power right now, and it's not Chinese, and it's going a lot cheaper than Bridgeports do around here, while obviously being built beefier. But a big shaper might suit me better, if I could find one of those that's not hundreds of miles away. Certainly if I ever need a Cat
50 toolholder I don't get with the deal (it does come with a bunch) it's going to seriously impact the overall price.