There is local guy selling his Millrite mill for $1300. I haven't seen it but he
saying it's tight. Any word of advise? What should I check when I'll get a
chance to see
I posted links to mill pictures.
Send me his phone number!
It'd have to have something serious wrong with it to not be a
no-brainer deal at that price.
Even with something seriously wrong it would be an OK deal.
The table looks near mint, it's a single phase machine. It'll be an R8
taper, so tooling is cheap, and it's small enough to get it into a
Any tooling with?
From my perspective, if I could get to it inside a days drive in each
direction, I'd already be on the road.
Crank the handles through their travel and take a look at the ways for
serious gouges and smooth travel. Listen to the spindle for graunchy
noises indicative of blown up bearings. Some backlash on the table feeds
is to be expected, should easilly be less than half a turn, but more
than that is still something that can be repaired easilly.
I am not a fan of that paint job, but could live with it!:-)
If it gives as good an impression as it does in the pictures, it's
been well taken care of, and should give good service.
About the same as for any machine tool that is no longer in
production. Almost impossible. Don't let that slow you down though, as
most of the things that might be needed are standard hardware like acme
threaded leadscrews, nuts and bolts and stuff, while other parts have to
be WAY far gone to not be able to salvage them. Accoutrements like table
feeds are pretty much universal and adaptable, handwheels can be bought
off the shelf (or catalog).
FWIW there was a project on making a riser block for one of these in a
recent issue of Home Shop Machinist magazine, where the stated reason
for making it was that the part was available but expensive, so there
are parts out there.
If being able to order parts for your machine from stock is a concern
for you, you are ruling out a whole pile of really good machines, and a
lot of the not so good ones. Machine tool makers are not exactly thick
on the ground these days.
I really liked mine. The only reason I sold it was that I found a too
good to pass up deal on a BP.
These are very nice for a home shop--they don't take up as large a chunk
of floor space as a BP. My Millrite was kept in the shop; the BP had to
move to the garage.
seems to me that there were two spindle tapers, R8 and something
else, but I know no more.
A couple years ago, I found an entire HEAD for a Millrite for a
customer. The older worn head is still available I believe.
And they ran it nearly 24-7 for 35 yrs. before it needed work.
"That which does not kill you,
has made a huge tactical error"