There’s not much out there on my mill. So, I thought I’d post up some pics and very top level description of the mill.
The day after getting the mill I moved it into my garage. I used the engine crane again to slowly walk it into the garage. The machine is pretty greasy which is actually a benefit as it keeps the rust from getting a good foothold. The handwheel on top facing the camera is for slowly moving the quill down while the lever moves it down quickly. The other handwheels adjust the mill and feed speeds. The lower handwheels move the table in and out and side to side. The lower large crank moves the table up and down. There’s a host of smaller levers under the table that I’m still not sure what they do.
I think I have about 17″ of left to right movement along the X axis and about 10″ of in and out movement along the Y axis. On the Z axis, I think I have about 18″ of movement though I haven’t run the knee all the way up and down.
Here’s a closer view of the handwheel that adjusts the mill’s speed. Turning the handwheel rotates the RPM numbers in the window indicating speed.
Moving down the neck on the right side is a nice chart showing feeds and speeds. All of the values are based on 50hz AC electricity and I’ll be running 60hz. As a result, it won’t be correct and I’ll have to come up with a new chart.
It occurred to me that a pallet jack would make moving the machines much easier. I looked on Craigslist and found a great deal on one. It makes moving the machines almost effortless. I lifted the mill up with the engine crane onto blocks to enable me to slip the forks under it.
I rearranged most of my garage over the weekend and moved the mill near its final spot. I left it a ways out from the wall to permit easy access while I work on it. In the future, I may move it back some. I’ve also started cleaning the grease off it. At some point it was hit with a thin coat of gray spray paint which is now flaking off. Under it is a more durable tealish gray color.
I was wondering what was under all the doors and panels. I took off the vented cover on the left side to reveal the large motor and some belts.
Midways up the left side is another access panel which allows you to get at the feed belt.
Closer to the head, on the top of the neck, is another panel. I expected to open it up and view the gears in the head. Instead I was greeted with yarn. I’m assuming this area would hold oil that would wick down the yarns into the inside of the neck proving lubrication.
I’ve still got a lot of cleaning to do and am still looking for the components I need to power it.