I bought a #12 Van Norman mill back in November 2002. It appeared to be
in decent shape, but was encrusted in gunk and so I disassembled it for
cleaning and new paint... Fourteen months later, I finally made some
chips. It looks pretty good in its new paint and seems to be working
well, except for the power feed. The "silent chain" drive doesn't work,
as the chain is stretched out to the point where it doesn't fit the
cogs. It seems that this is the case on many of these old mills. The
silent chains are no longer available as far as I can tell, so I'll have
to find another way to drive the table.
I have a 1" horizontal arbor for this machine, but I don't have any
spacers for it. Does anyone have some that they could part with?
18 years ago