I have found a Clausing 8540 Horizontal Mill and the owner is asking $1300. It is in top shape with all paint intact and all power feeds and variable speeds function fine. It apparently came out of a home shop. Is this a fair price? If not what is? Thanks, Steve
Steve Sounds fair to me. How about you, you must have reservations if you have to ask? How much "kit" is with it? Arbors? Vise? Cutters? It all adds up. Are you buying it from the long time owner? Or from a guy with a good story. Is it in the original shop where it was used and do all the rest of the machines look to be in similar condition showing that they are in the hands of a caring owner? Are you making an investment or buying a tool to keep and use for years? Is this your first machine tool or are you a qualified machinist and know what to do with tool and its limitations in a home shop. At worst you may loose a couple hundred on the deal, or make a few hundred selling it to the tool collector that wants it for a mate to his 8530. your money/your call. Me I'd say go for it. lg no neat sig line
I see them generally sell from $1500-2500. I would say the average price is around $1800 in good condition.
Id not sell mine for any less than that.
Be sure to put oil in the back oiler regularly. A standard Eagle oil can with internal pump works great for all the lube points, but you will have to cut a small groove in the end of the oiler spout with a file so it will pump oil past the oiler check balls.
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The good thing about the rockwell is that it takes standard #30 arbors. I bought a bison arbor for 100 bucks. The downside to Rockwell, is that there are NO spare parts available. The only part that wears out on the rockwell is the lead screw nuts and both the X and Y are combined in one part. If you need a new one, plan on making one from a block of bronze.