Looking at a horizontal mill

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  1. chillman88

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    Hey all,

    A buddy from work told me he had something I might be interested in. I stopped by to find an old "Standard Engineering Works No 1" horizontal mill.

    Someone was going to convert it to pneumatic so the handles are missing but the stubs are there. He's asking $250. Pretty sure it has a 1hp motor. It's tiny but it looks in decent shape. Runs very smooth.

    Anyone have any input? I have a couple crappy cell phone pics.


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    Buy it
     
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    I'm definitely thinking about it. I need to measure the travel on the table first because it is so small.

    I looked online... this thing is most likely over 100 years old. I found an ad for a model 2 from 1917! I can't find anything on the model 1. I asked a couple machinists I deal with at work and they had never heard of the company. They've been doing this a while too lol!
     
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    I'd buy it to have it keanl about it n owning old school things is awesome in my book
     
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    Very cute. I used to work at a place that had a little one like this. In the old days before NC machines, it was not uncommon for this machine to be bought and set up to do one cutting operation on a casting or part. Zillions of times. The price is right, it should clean up nicely.
     
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    I would buy it, but I would set up a handle of sorts and make sure she’s not all wallered out first
     
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    You need to pass on it......

    And PM me his cell number! LOL
     
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    The handles were on hex stubs that are still there. I'm going to go back and put a wrench on them and measure the travel of the table. I honestly am not sure what I'll do with it if I can't fit a cylinder head on it. If it's big enough for that I'm going to have to buy it. The only IMMEDIATE use I can see would be skimming warped heads.

    If it's big enough for that I can eventually make the aluminum valve covers I've always wanted for my car hahaha! Why spend $150 on parts when you can spend $300 for tooling to make your own LOL
     
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    McMaster-Carr has handles, they'd just need to be drilled for the hex attachment. I couldn't help but think how neat it'd be to make the handles with the mill haha
     
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    Do you have room for a Bridgeport? Looking at getting a used one from a friend. Those are very adaptable to many jobs.
     
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    If I could afford one I'd MAKE room lol! I'd love to find one but they are always crazy expensive around here.
     
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    Sorry wifey I know you like this kitchen table but this Bridgeport...
     
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    Lmfao!

    No I luckily have a decent amount of shop space at this house, nothing extravagant, but I could make room if I had to lol.
     
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    Watch for local auctions. Bridgeport and other vertical mills can be picked up for $1-2000 in good condition. Sound like a lot? They can do so much, you almost need no other machine.
     
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    Man that is an understatement. Bridgeports are such a versatile investment. But once you get one..... That is when you can start spending some serious scratch on attachments, carbide doodads and everything else. It is like benchrest shooting. You can never spend enough but you can see a return on machining at least.
     

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