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Old 07-24-2022, 12:35 AM
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Old 07-24-2022, 01:13 AM
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DAYAMMMM! That beast will dim the lights! In the neighborhood!
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Old 07-24-2022, 07:19 AM
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DAYAMMMM! That beast will dim the lights! In the neighborhood!

The HES lathe sure dimmed the lights in the house whenever I started it. Wife always called me to complain. . Then I switched out the 12.5 hp motor for a 5hp, and life is much better now. Running off a 10hp Motor for phase converter.

This monster mill has a 10hp motor in it. I’m thinking it is wired for 440, by the wire sizes, and part of the story of where it came from. I need to sort that out yet.

I guess first order of business is getting it unloaded. I have a couple ideas. I want to limit my cash outlay, so am hesitant to hiring a wrecker/ crane. But my mindset, is willing to work a day or two to build a aframe gantry out of yard materials to do it. Partly to provide that I can.

It is going to be a conversation piece for sure. But will I ever get my investment back? At current scrap prices, I probably paid twice that, so worse case I lose out on $700. I paid 1400, for it, about $200 in gas to get it, and a 12 hour Date time with my wife riding shotgun.

And I can brag at work to the boss that I have a bigger mill than at work. Last week I was using a 6” face mill that I brought in, and showed him what the shop mill could do, and he said be cautious. He would not want the mill to break , because he could not begin to replace it.
But, these beasts are out there. I was thinking about trying to sell it to the boss, but this animal does not have the vertical footprint that my Cincinnati 2MI has at work, and that is what I would prefer to have bigger, for some of the work we do with it.

I get the feeling that our shop is starting to limit the work we do. With most of the guys in our early 50’s we are not so gung hoe on taking on the big stuff anymore like they used to 20 years ago. We are working a bit safer now, not quite so apt to grab that 4’ pipe wrench and 6’ cheater pipe and use the forklift and 50ton press to take things apart. ( crazy to see the forklift lifting the pipe wrench with a 6’ cheater pipe on it, and then lifting the press holding the cylinder rod trying to remove the piston nut, I stayed way back that day). We send a lot more stuff out to a shop with a hydraulic press table to disassemble stuff if needed.


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Old 07-24-2022, 07:44 AM
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Here is an example of a bigger one looks similar. https://youtu.be/dhKk-mfMlAM

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Old 07-24-2022, 08:41 AM
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Here is an example of a bigger one looks similar. https://youtu.be/dhKk-mfMlAM

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That whole video is bad news. Now Tim may want to get bigger equipment.
But Top, just don't drive around back and sink it in the mud.
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That whole video is bad news. Now Tim may want to get bigger equipment.
But Top, just don't drive around back and sink it in the mud.

I’ll try to remember that advice Gerry!


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We had a large vertical at the diecasting shop, at 6’2” tall, I needed a step stool to get to the drawbar to change cutters.

For squaring blocks and removing metal, they are hard to beat. For ease and flexibility, I still prefer a bridgeport style mill.


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Old 07-24-2022, 02:11 PM
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I get the feeling that our shop is starting to limit the work we do. With most of the guys in our early 50’s...
I have a local machine shop mill some 3ish dia. 1/4 circles and drill some holes in some angle pieces for me. Like 60 at a time. I think I paid $2.50ea last time and well worth it to me. Anyhow, talking with the owner as I dropped off the parts, he informed me he had sold the 200,000sf? building and land he had inherited from his father and had negotiated a 5yr lease on his 10,000sf shop area. This would give him time to build on some property in TN and more importantly, time for his two men in early 60s to retire.
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Old 07-24-2022, 05:41 PM
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The mill is safe on the concrete pad on the front side of my shop. I think it will be easier to build a roof over it, vs making room inside the shop to put it. I’ve been wanting to add on anyways. Guess time to make that happen. Decided to ask neighbor for help unloading with his teleboom. Both our lifts had issues that we had to work around, but it worked out good. I even got it placed near the edge of the slab to save moving it on pipe and it is setting on the concrete directly. I am thinking that I might pull it away from the building a foot, and put the new press behind it. The press should just fit there now, but might limit long shafts.
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Old 07-24-2022, 10:36 PM
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We had that machines twin in the old shop! 2" roughing mill with a 5" depth of cut - no problemo!

Also I can tell you that if you forget to remove one of the anchors before you lift it, it weighs more than a 15 ton bridge crane can pick.
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