Freecycle Hauser Mill (small, very, very small mill)

  1. zx9

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    As per thread title the good Mrs. Zx9 found me a project on Freecycle, a very small and very rusty Hauser horizontal mill with the vertical adapter. I only collected it this afternoon and it is in a very sad state, all the slides and the spindle are frozen solid and I expect it to be missing parts including the collet set and draw bar.
    Tony has pictures of what it could or should look like here http://www.lathes.co.uk/hauser/page5.html mine is like the first one on this page but currently looks like this.
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    I don't know that I want a very small model or clock makers' mill but I am up for the challenge of restoring it and so far it has only cost me less than a hour of my time to collect. What is the worst that can happen, I non destructively convert it to a tool post grinder or a Rodney alike mill for the Drummond?
    I don't expect rapid progress but will update as I go.
     
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  2. MattF

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    Well if you ever want rid of it, I could definitely make a space for that. :D
     
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  3. zx9

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    I shall keep you in mind, I have not forgotten the help with and bits of Drummond you sent me. :thumbup:
     
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  4. gaz1

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    nice bit of kit there

    id be sticking it in some diesel for a couple of weeks to get it to soak up some oil before attepting to move any of it
     
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  5. frank horton

    frank horton V twins are great but 4"s rule.........

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    definitley dump it in a big drum of Diesel for a couple of months...
     
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  6. pressbrake1

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    A good clean then try and sell it to a horological place for enough profit to buy the mill you want
    I was concerned it was going to be a Hauser jig bore, I’d have been miserable with envy all day!
     
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  7. zx9

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    That is an option though I think any real money would be in the collets of which I have none.
     
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  8. Screwdriver

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    I rather suspect an item like that is worth a small fortune if watchmakers lathes are anything to go by.

    I hesitate to put a figure on it but lets just say I would hesitate to put all four figures...
     
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  9. Maker

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    It's so cute! :clapping:
     
  10. slim_boy_fat

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    You could well be right, lathes.co.uk brings this up - further Googling might yield info re potential market demand and/or value indications? :dontknow:

    http://lathes.co.uk/hauser/page5.html
     
  11. Matchless

    Matchless I started with nothing, still have most of it left

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    does not too rusty, that should free up nicely......
     
  12. gaz1

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  13. Shedendman

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    Long way to go to get it looking like that
     
  14. zx9

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    Minor update. It was originally owned by the Admiralty, it still has the asset number plate but has lost the Hauser plate IMG_4371.JPG IMG_4372.JPG
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    So did they make their own timepieces ? As we are close to Greenwich Mrs.Zx9 is keen that I contact the maritime museum and ask.

    Moving on I have spent a couple of hours with an oily rag and a diesel / oil mix this afternoon, the parts of the ways that are visible still have perfect hand scraping marks and have cleaned up very well with out even a scotch bright pad. The stops and gib locks are all freed up, the stops are cast bronze so only the screws and t nuts to corrode, that was easy. The slides and spindle have been soaked in diesel / oil mix and I have forced oil through the spindle oil ways, they can sit and stew for a couple of days as I actually have some real work to do for a change.
     
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  15. tom2207 Member

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    diesels hygroscopic .. I wouldnt be putting diesel any where near it. ATF and acetone , me ,,,
    no points for guessing what i use
    acf 50.

    Your off to a flying start though.
     
  16. Screwdriver

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    Oh I don't doubt it for a moment, it certainly deserves a fair bit of thought before ripping it apart. I dread to think what spares would cost if they are even still available. Sometimes all too easy to value a thing based on what it has cost.

    I remember when I bought an old George mill off a chap and he showed me a watchmakers lathe in a box. Now I may be a bit off here but I swear he said it was worth +£1000's. It was a Schaublin/Lorch/Boley <whatever> and it was a beautiful little jewel of a machine.

    Part of me wants to suggest such a task is best left to a professional but I am sure zx9 is as capable as anyone. My guess is the bearing set (bushings??) will be the £££ item to ruin. Seriously better not give it a quick spin to see if it's free :o

    Not until the machine has been cleaned up. Needs a careful thoughtfully managed approach imho and well worth taking time over.
     
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  17. zx9

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    I think that one is more useful and sold as a vertical mill, this one here is technically a horizontal mill with vertical adapter. The end of the video showing the underside of the slides was useful to see and gives an idea of the way in which the gibs are finished, they are superb but very small.
     
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  18. gaz1

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    theres a few more vids on the model as well
     
  19. MattF

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    He's perfectly capable.

    Watch him cock something up, now I've said that. :D
     
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  20. Screwdriver

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    Though to be fair, the difference between a ZX9 and a ZX10 is mindbending...
     
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