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
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.
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.
"I mean, when's the last time you heard of a college where the Young
Republicans staged a "Sit In" to close down the Humanities building?
On the flip side, how many sit in's were staged to close the ROTC building back
in the '60's?
Liberals stage protests, do civil disobedience, etc.
Conservatives talk politely and try to work out a solution to problems
through discourse until they believe that talking won't work... they they go
home and open the gun cabinets.
Pray things never get to the point where the conservatives decide that
"civil disobedience" is the next step, because that's a very short route to
"voting from the rooftops"
Jeffrey Swartz, Misc.Survivalism
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.
I paid $750 in 2003 for a unit that was complete and in good shape:
But I think the potential value of this machine could justify a higher
price such as you mention. They certainly don't make them like this
The 3-phase motor and drive is rather quaint. I want to convert mine to
some kind of DC motor with a single-phase controller.