Myford ML7 trade up?

  1. Ali

    Ali Member

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    Had a Myford ML7 for about 20 years. Plenty of experience on larger machines, it was just that the Myford is a handy size, and I’ve been amazed how versatile it is. I work in the machine tools trade, and never really coveted a larger machine despite tripping over nice used examples day after day, but always thought...maybe one day.

    It would be seriously nice to be able to take heavy cuts. I’ve done a bit of stainless work recently, and god it’s slow. I’ve always fancied a Smart & Brown but probably a Colchester Student or Harrison M300. Acquiring all the tooling all over again puts me off a bit.

    Any other reasons I should forget about it and keep the little Myford?
     
  2. eLuSiVeMiTe

    eLuSiVeMiTe Forum Supporter

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    Nope.
    Bargain here.
    Looks worse than it is. I have a mk 1
    This is a 2.
    Changewheels present. Inc the 127 for metric.
    Only one Chuck but they come up often.
    May have a spare backplate here.
    No collets I can see but again they come up now and again.
    Mine looked like this when I got it. Came up a treat with a bit of effort
    Build quality is superb.

    Not much bigger in capacity than a myford but will happily take 8mm off the diameter with decent inserts
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    If I had room...
     
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  3. Ali

    Ali Member

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    Hmm, that’s got me thinking. I could sell the Myford and come out in profit with that. Though I’d probably need another lathe to restore it.
     
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  4. brightspark

    brightspark Member

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    keep the myford I have 2 and a harrison
     
  5. RonA

    RonA specialist in repairing sealed for life equipment

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    I used a Harrison at school (long time ago), a Dean Smith & Grace at college. very impressed with quality & sturdiness of both (especially the latter) At home i use an ML7, very versatile but would love to have the Harrison in it’s stead, don’t think I’d have the space for the DSG.
    RonA
     
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  6. mtt.tr

    mtt.tr Member

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    Ive used myfords but now having a bigger machine have no great desire to use another myford
     
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  7. brightspark

    brightspark Member

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    but they are very nice for producing small parts rather than using a bigger lathe :)
     
  8. slimjim Member

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    I would keep both, especially in the short term, that’s what I plan to do when I build my workshop and upgrade my Boxford to a M300 or something similar
     
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  9. mtt.tr

    mtt.tr Member

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    I agree but im just as happy to chuck smaller chuck on the lathe
     
  10. gaz1

    gaz1 Member

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    one good thing about myfords you can get parts within reason but do command a price with them the problem with other lathes is getting hold of parts

    they also come with a high cost to buy them
     
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  11. Tinbasherdan

    Tinbasherdan Bodger in chief

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    I started with a super 7 but quickly discovered it’s limits, I have a Harrison 11” now and it’s perfect for a small workshop
     
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  12. Ali

    Ali Member

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    Hmmm. Yes, it would be nice to keep it, it was my Dad’s and I learned on it and would be nice to teach my kids on it. Perhaps I’ll keep this one in the shed and get a larger machine for the workshop...
     
  13. brightspark

    brightspark Member

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    you wont regret it :)
     
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