An interesting little dohickey followed me home this week, from a shop that is down sizing to smaller quarters. They evidently thought they owed me a favor so forced this on me ( frankly I think they needed the room..shrug)
I didnt argue too hard......
Its a Taiwanese horizontal/verticle kneemill, about 1/2 the size of a BP. A beautiful size for the home shop and great for gunsmithing and similar work. There are a few minor issues that Im resolving now, mostly regarding the powerfeed and the effects of a maint department that was, charitably...fast..or half fast.
Both spindles run rather well, though the vertical spindle only has one speed due to some ethiopian engineering of relays...
Ive seen this miller badged with Yamazan and other names besides Hales. Its very similar to the excellent old Rockwell hor/vert miller though perhaps a bit beefier.
Anyone might have a wiring diagram for this critter? The ah..modifications they did..sorta preclude doing much tracing... I may wind up putting a VFD on the vert spindle, and be done with it.
It has 3 motors...one not shown in the photos..a rather large motor behind the slide that runs the power feed, which now works..when it stays in gear..wants to run in rapid...gear driven with a gear box... and no sheer pin that I can find..not a good combination when there are only roller topped limit switches, both of which were frozen solid....
Both spindles are R8 and the bearings are in excellent shape and run quietly. Any suggestions on R8 Horizontal arbor? Or should I simply make up a couple arbors and use the 1" endmill holder to hold them? (probably what Ill do) Any suggestions on type of material to use for a 7/8",1", and 1 1/4" arbor? Stressproof? At most, I believe they will be 12" long.
It might be handy with a face mill as well.
At the least, it should make a handy drill press.
Someday when Im rich and famous, Ill stick a Shooting Star or similar DRO on it, unless I can find a small used unit. This might be a good place for some of those digital caliper type indicators on Ebay. Ideas/suggestions?
Thanks for any info you might have.Gunner
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