Not really sure why you mention Skoda, do you think it is a copy?
I'll be using it for little jobs that turn up, as you do.
A little Bridgeport would probably do me fine, but it's not possible to turn down a proper sized machine when one comes up. Always better to go too big than too small.
I can't see me having any rigidity issues on this beast!
I like my machines to be built extra solid, should be capable of handling anything I want to throw at them.
Bill, did you find out whether it is a 50 taper or not? If it is and you want that Dedlock cutter give me a PM.
i found a pic roughly same as yours
it was posted by @ndg post 25 on this thread
Some similarities, I wonder what make it is.
I never thought that I would call a 1.8t mill like that l small, but having one at 2.8 is making everything else seem tiny.
It's a Victoria V2, not as chunky as yours though!
I went to see a free Victoria vertical mill. It was a big boy and didn't have the swiveling head like a V2. It was in a workshop
under a cinema that was being demolished. The head was up in a hole in the ceiling;-) I asked about moving it as it looked very
difficult to get out, they said no problem give them notice and they would remove the floor n ceiling so it could just be dragged out.
My mill weighs 3.8 tons. It did seem heavy when I had to move it across a rough drive and around in my garage. 3.8 tons dropping off a pry bar
on concrete makes a different sound to a little 1ton mill.
Bet that was fun...
The milling cutter arrived safely, thanks.
I knew it was big and heavy, but until I actually got the thing in my hands I didn't realise it was that big!
It'll get some use, it looks like I may have to get the machine running sooner than planned for a head skim that's needed, which this cutter should manage nicely.
The guy I bought it off reckoned it was was either a 30 or 40 taper so I took a risk as it was dirt cheap. When it arrived I knew it was neither
BTW not sure if you have the instructions on how to remove the cutter, if needed, so here they are.
I knew my mill was a beast and could see the size of the tooling, but it's put into correct proportion by opening the parcel in the living room. I've seen 40 cnc stuff lined up at an engineers run by a mate and thought nothing much of it, but this is different.
Instructions are now saved to my phone, though I doubt I'll want or need to remove this cutter.
Well thanks to Austin (smashing bloke, thanks again) and Hood I now have some cutters, plus I've bought a collet chuck so I'm getting set on the basic tooling (still plenty more to get mind, machine tools are an expensive addiction). Depending on the weather and not having too many other things I'm hoping to get it wired up to an inverter this weekend and hopefully have it running.
First job is a head I need to get skimmed!
That DedLock should be perfect for skimming a head
yeah austins a great bloke on the forums
will hold onto stuff for a member if you ask him and pay for it or by an arrangement
until you can get there to collect item
I think fly cutters are the normal choice but this’ll certainly do it. Might need two runs as I think the head is wider than the Dedlock but it’ll hopefully be fine.
Well a little update to this...
I've had the machine running, both the spindle and power feed run perfectly off inverters. There's plenty of wiring needed as there are limit and direction changing switches for the power feeds to stop anything getting damaged if you aren't paying attention/go off to the loo but that's not complicated.
It's a decent machine that should last, pressure lubrication systems for both the spindle and power feed side of things and a one shot system for most other bits, with only a couple of nipples requiring any real effort from the operator.
Unfortunately due to workshop space issues it's still sat outside on a trailer which makes it damn awkward to use, and it has to be kept under a sheet for obvious reasons which is a pain. But one day it'll be installed properly...
Right now I'm struggling to get the head trammed in correctly, it's such a massive thing to adjust.
Oh, and I've bought another mill a few weeks ago which came up. A baby one, Elliot, which I thought would be handy for small jobs, it has a 3600rpm spindle which would be better for small cutters and you can't have too many machines can you...
It's got some nasty idiot marks on the table which is a shame and has a horizontal spindle which I think could be useful. Not for use as a horizontal machine (missing the bits to do this) but for work pieces that want drilling/boring and won't easily mount where a vertical cutter can reach them.
It'll make a nice second machine I think.
Look up Skoda's history - you may be surprised
I wasn’t actually inferring that their other products were shonky, only their motors... but I can see how it could have been misconstrued
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