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Thread: Milling Machine Identification
25/06/2019 21:15:12

Next job and I have been putting this one off is removing the broken spindle. It is also locked solid and I hope this is a left hand thread or I have just been tightening it

I was going so well at the start too.

25/06/2019 21:11:38

These are on the way. they are a complete pain and I have never had so many problems removing bolts


25/06/2019 20:49:13

Yes, I of course meant a proper tool for removal. thumbs up

Edited By John Milton 2 on 25/06/2019 21:08:30

25/06/2019 15:11:22

I have at least five bolts that don't realise how important it is that they come out. I have tried the Plus Gas and will try it overnight. Then it's no more p'ing about and time for the angle grinder and stud remover. I give them one last chance to play fair 😂

25/06/2019 00:08:27

Plus-Gas is on it's way and I have a few 1/4 inch spanners. Still struggling so will keep an eye out for a 1/4 Whitworth Flank spanner. I can't seem to post in classified. I presumed it was a paid option. Dropped back on the Myford Lathe restoration today. I tend to clean up the workbench or go off and do something else while I process information regarding a job I'm stuck on. I don't go fast any more.

24/06/2019 11:55:18

I have found a friend prepared to lend me his decent Spanners. £20 each is a step too far for me. I will keep one eye out for some that go for a reasonable price.

24/06/2019 08:43:06

Tried the tapping with hammer and bashing a little. These are as tough as bolts get. Just ordered some Plus Gas and if anyone has a set of flank Drive spanners and wants to come over and crack a few bolts you are welcome. If I buy a set it would cost more than the mill haha I will have to get some eventually as the ones I have are not up to the task. I am off to scour The Bay.for a couple of bargains.

23/06/2019 22:46:21

Today I made some Electrolysis soup for most of the components I have stripped off. I think I need a new Whitworth spanner as the only spanner I have that fits the nuts I have targeted for removal is a ring spanner and it keeps slipping, took all my self control not to keep on attacking them and rounding them all over to give me a real challenge I am really struggling to move more than a few bolts even with a sea of WD40 and using heat to try to shift them. I took a little break though and cleaned and painted the start/stop switch housing.






23/06/2019 10:16:57

Houston we have a problem!


23/06/2019 09:00:25

i have setup an album for anyone interested. I am unfortunately clueless but learning all the time. there is a very old but perfectly formed I believe gearbox that is hidden away in the bottom of the machine and I am cleaning it despite only being able to see the handle visible on the outside of the machine.

The motor runs as sweet as a nut and I have rewired this with a new earth connection now added. It has probably been running for the past 100 years or so with just twin live/neutral wires. I will get you those photos but it's mostly apart right now Hopper. I wish I could find out who built it as I would get the plate engraved. It really looks to me no time and no expence has been spared. I have an overflowing pot of bolts collected during the partial strip I have made so far. I would have used four where he used eight or so.

Right back to it and will report back later today or this evening. Thanks for all the interest I believe the seller could be joining the forums today and having a read today so he may have some more information for us.

22/06/2019 23:54:27

Nigel thank you so much for taking the time to explain all of the process involved. I didn't think I would ever be able to afford a Milling Machine and I am looking forward to hopefully get it working again. I will go as far as I can and when I get stuck I will give you a little nudge so that you can hopefully set me back on track.

22/06/2019 21:21:22

Thank you Michael. I love all the responses on here it gives me a push to try a little harder than I would.

Nigel if you have any photos or diagrams it would help me massively as I honestly really wish I understood what you just said 😂

22/06/2019 20:48:25

20190622_200026.jpgToday's effort.


22/06/2019 14:53:33

It's all solid flat bar bolted together. There are many, many bolts and solid is an understatement. It will be a good while until I get it in a working condition but if anyone can send me links of what I need to get it working in a basic form I would be very grateful. Thanks for your messages and I will keep posting on my progress. Some parts are getting Electrolisis treatment as we speak. Pics to follow. One thing I know I could weigh it in for less than I paid for it 😂


22/06/2019 06:07:58


22/06/2019 06:02:34

I recently picked up.. No we actually slid it along as it was perhaps the heaviest thing I have ever lifted in my life. This mill has no makers name I can find but it is very well made. Can anyone help me with identification? I'm going to keep and use it if I can find a few missing parts or even what bits are actually missing.

I have been stripping bits off for two days and still can't lift it easily. It's a beast.

Edited By John Milton 2 on 22/06/2019 06:14:10

Thread: Electronic switch forward/reverse/stop help
04/06/2019 15:56:11







20190531_131819.jpg20190530_213453.jpgReleased from Hospital on Thursday and straight to work on my Lathe/s. Still no joy with the S7 even after connecting directly to the Motor. On reflection I'm going to check the fuse when I get back home just in case.

I also have a little Warco 180 It came to me with a few issues and I am sorting them out in between scratching my head getting the Myford S7 to work.

First the motor and the speed control board were not working although when I connect to my bench power supply it works fine,just not using mains power. and so this meant the previous owner had purchased a pillar drill motor and it's controls to drive the lathe, bypassing the Warco system completely. He has cut out the back of the gear cover to facilitate the external motor and belt.The Warco system has been disconnected but is still all in place so not being one to suffer something that could be made to work better I purchased a tacho from that auction site for under £10 and took out the Warco sensor and wiring loom completely and reinstalled using the replacement pillar drill motor extended wiring loom and made a bracket to hold the new sensor in place.

I'm left with a system that runs at maximum 170 rpm so i'm thinking after some research I either need a bigger belt and pulley wheel or maybe a treadmill motor that can bully it up to a faster speed. The display and the buttons plus emergency stop are now all wired into the Warco so I don't have to risk life and limb any more reaching over the Lathe to hit the stop button fixed above the motor in an emergency.

I don't yet have a variable speed system in place so will have to look into that at some point.

The reverse is not working and I'm not sure if the original forward/stop/reverse switch that came with the Warco originally will work. I seem to have lots of issues with these things so will just settle for forward and stop for now.

The Warco could possibly be sold on once it's all fixed as I don't have the room for two or even three Lathes this including the ML2/4 which has had no interest as yet.

Finally had a little play with the Warco though, just little steps at the moment and getting used to making a few cuts and this is a step in the right direction for me.


Edited By John Milton 2 on 04/06/2019 16:25:23

30/05/2019 08:50:11
Posted by Simon Williams 3 on 29/05/2019 13:46:18:

John - hope the recovery is still on track.

Where are you, (postcode) maybe one of us with more information as to how this should work can assist hands-on?

Rgds Simon (West Gloucestershire, GL17)

Thank you, Simon, I live in Blackburn BB2 I'm not beaten yet. But this may be an in case of emergency final option for me haha

29/05/2019 13:14:25

They are sending me home from Hospital tomorrow and I can't wait to be back home with my Lathe. Oh, and my family too of course. Lots to check and hopefully I can get the darned thing up and running.

29/05/2019 02:11:11

I was released tonight from ICU so I'm going to be back home very soon. I will check the relay on my release from prison. Thank you all again for helping.

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