Show us your milling machine!

Discussion on all milling machines vertical & horizontal, including but not limited to Bridgeports, Hardinge, South Bend, Clausing, Van Norman, including imports.

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piedmontg
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Re: Show us your milling machine!

Post by piedmontg » Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:54 pm

I purchased this Clausing 8540 Horizontal Mill with an adaptor for a Bridgeport M Head. There is a unique adaptor for an M Head on the machine. I saw one of these at the North American Model Engineering Society Show last April. They were being advertised in HSM. During the summer I made arrangements to purchase one. I gave my specifications to the seller of these and he came through with a very unique unit. In late fall it was delivered. The 8540 was one he had for some time in storage. It was clean enough but the oil and grease was hard, so I took it all apart and cleaned it up. Upon doing that I discovered the mill had never been used. There were no chips anywhere other than some bronze ones under the table, from drilling alignment holes for the X axis nut and absolutely no shinny spots on any of the ways or gibs. So as near as I could tell brand new, unless someone disassembled the thing and only left certain chips! The M – Head was brand new still in the box, original expanding foam packing. It had all the original wrenches. It was thought to be a 2MT as that was what was on a card in the spindle. It turned after I tried putting a 2MT collet in the spindle that it was really a B-3 (a mini Duplicate of the R8). I understand they are not found often. I got a nice set of B-3 Collets from the seller. It also came with an unused Clausing 8636 vise that was sold with this mill. I have only done a few projects on it but look forward to more.

So every once in a while there is one out there! Like that Bridgeport above.

Bob
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Re: Show us your milling machine!

Post by pete » Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:45 pm

Wow that has to be a rare and very lucky find Bob. Given at least some chips in the paint then it must have been sitting out on a floor some where but not being used. My guess is that might have come out a high school shop or maybe a research labs tool room.

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Re: Show us your milling machine!

Post by LIALLEGHENY » Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:02 pm

Bought the same Clausing mill about a year ago . Looks like it was used once or twice. Came with the overarm supports and 3 horizontal arbors still new in the boxes. The Bridgeport adaptor would be a nice addition. Haven't decided yet whether I'll keep the machine or sell it

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Re: Show us your milling machine!

Post by ptross » Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:26 am

Glenn Brooks wrote:
Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:44 pm
Here’s my little Burke...
I am just beginning to clean up a #4 similar to yours. It hasn't run in 30 years and I'm trying to make sure I have correct lube in the necessary spots. Mine has the Master gearhead motor. do you know what lube it takes? I'm guessing there is bearing grease for the motor bearings and also a lube for the gear chamber? Can you offer any advice?
thanks,
Peter

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Re: Show us your milling machine!

Post by spro » Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:56 pm

I also have a Burke #4 . I don't think The Master Gearhead motor is too fussy about the lube but did what i could relying on the specs. Even if I don't use it for awhile, I turn over a few revs to help keep things from seizing. I know I drained it and relubed but can't remember. I also had to replace the main spindle bearings. Big Timken jobs, right heavy for a machine this size. The #4 is deceptive number because 04 would closer, if we talk sizes. Still, it had Brown & Sharpe #9 in the spindle and is robust.

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Re: Show us your milling machine!

Post by spro » Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:12 am

The combination of the the Master Gearhead and heavy belt presents a lot of force. Many of the Burke 4 have been repowered by other motors but they don't know the original reduction. The Master Gear heads weigh near what the mill wheighs. They hung out the back and many were gone. Even with a cheap phase converter, I've seen the power that gear rmotor that can do. Remember there is replacement wiring because we cannot assume anything the same is when it was new. Interesting mills and a model with swivel table/ universal table. Mine isn't.

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Re: Show us your milling machine!

Post by spro » Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:26 am

I totally glossed past the remarkable Clausing Milling machine. I had never seen that support fixture. So cool!

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Re: Show us your milling machine!

Post by piedmontg » Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:56 am

Hi

For those interested in the support fixture, here it is

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vertical-Milli ... SwmoFczejQ

Bob

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