|Phillip Slattery||30/01/2019 17:21:05|
|4 forum posts|
|Ian McVickers||30/01/2019 20:50:10|
|188 forum posts|
I have the GH Universal mill which isn't too much different from its big brother. The mill is generally ok but don't expect it to take any heavy cuts. I'm in the middle of rebuilding the gearbox and quill, on mine and was thinking about doing a few posts on it. Some things I did find which I'm not too impressed about though. Whoever built it decided that circlips make good spacers and the machining for the fit on the drive shaft bottom bearing is crap. The old bearing came out far too easily and the new one literally fell into place and ended up being held with bearing fit. Some of the moving gears have the edges bevelled so that they slide into mesh which definitely isn't one of my favourite's.
So if you remember that your buying a diy/hobby mill then they aren't too bad just don't expect Bridgeport quality.
|Michael Gilligan||30/01/2019 21:09:05|
16210 forum posts
First suggestion [assuming that you are currently using the keyword search box at the top of the thread], is to try the much better search tool on the home-page.
|Martin Connelly||30/01/2019 22:58:31|
1422 forum posts
Very similar to the Chester Super Lux so search for that as well.
|602 forum posts|
I have the standard model, purchased in 2001 and have had very little trouble with it.
Problems experienced are : breaking gear select levers - they are plastic and snap across the roll pin holes, I have subsequently made new Alloy ones for it, Warco keep replacements.
Second problem, which I put down to fair wear and tear was a blown motor run capacitor: cheap fix from RS.
The machine itself is strong, easy to tram and accurate on the pillar and will happily cut with a 100mm facemill on ally.
For a single phase machine, I find it very capable, with mine not only being used for model engineering but anything that will actually fit on the table.
|Michael Topping||31/01/2019 09:01:09|
|74 forum posts|
I have a super major, it is a good mill. Robust and big enough to tackle most jobs.
Problems I have had are similar to FMES, gear change paddle breaking of, but Warco were very quick with a replacement. Motor cap terminals disintegrating and a noisy motor.
I changed my motor to 3 phase with a VFD so I would go with the vario model. The readout on the quill feed is also useful, another mod I did to mine.
Overall I am very happy with the mill, for the price you get a lot of machine which works well out of the box and I have found Warco service to be very good.
|Mick Dobson||31/01/2019 12:30:46|
|21 forum posts|
I bought a Super Major in 2008 at the Harrogate show. I would say it is a very good machine for the price, which back then was probably better value than it might be at today's rates. I added a DRO to X and Y on the table and Z on the spindle.
One or two problems over the years. The biggest issue I have had is the table traverse gearbox broke up at the engagement mechanism after a few years. I replaced it with a home made system.
The spindle lock lever is a bit flimsy and can spin on the shaft so I machined and welded on a hex piece so that I can lock it with a spanner - much better. The gearbox is a bit noisy, especially at the top speed, just use decent 68 grade hydraulic oil.
My previous mill was a Warco Minor with a round column, so the Super Major with dovetail on the vertical travel is a real bonus.
|Phillip Slattery||31/01/2019 20:17:04|
|4 forum posts|
Thanks for the replys.
|997 forum posts|
Phillip your merely searching for a created brand name 'assembled' for those shops. Theyre all the same order 20 you can have your own name spec and colour, simple all asian.
Mick my RF 25 was more accurate, RF45 still need tramming or aligning moving heavy head up, dont trust it. Therefore no point.
One thing for sure when a part breaks you better have deep pockets comparatively.
|997 forum posts|
Phillip, unfortunately from brand new on its last legs i give it 18 months before as good as scrap. Been there done it and was only for roughing springs.
|Phillip Slattery||02/02/2019 23:46:54|
|4 forum posts||
Thats something that I worry about..... dont have the space for a bridgeport/clone and pickings can be slim here in ireland
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