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3404615/03/2019 12:07:00
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My boy wants a mill to compliment his myford 7

One of the suppliers from my earlier post today has come up with a Dore Westbury Bench mill in excellent condition for under £1000.

My feeling is to go for it but would appreciate advice from members first as know nothing about milling machines.

Thanks

Brian Wood15/03/2019 12:21:01
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Hello Bill,

That is about twice what they fetch in auction deals on ebay so it would have to be exceptional for that price; I suspect a hefty mark up has been added to what he gave the previous owner

I would at least want a chance to go through the whole workings of it myself and see it cut metal before purchase and to have it delivered. They are awkward top heavy things to handle as well.

Why not take someone with you to assess it as you say you are not conversant with milling machines

Regards

Brian

3404615/03/2019 12:29:40
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Thanks Brian

Good advice about seeing it working has been taken on board.

I think it may be worth a WANTED ad on the forum as I would feel happier him having one from a fellow engineer.

Thanks

Bill

Brian Wood15/03/2019 12:43:50
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Bill,

I built mine so I know it very well but sadly the kits are no longer available.

I would happily come with you to assess one but it all depends on where and when of you find one to examine I live in Thirsk North Yorkshire but that might be meaningless if you find one in Devon!

Regards

Brian

3404615/03/2019 12:52:39
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Brian

Thanks for advice and offer - sadly too far away

We were lucky with the lathe in that it was sourced in Exeter from a fellow model engineer.

Sadly nothing around in the mill line so will keep looking.

Thanks

Bill

geoff warner15/03/2019 13:37:36
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hi bill

there is a dore westbury for sale on lathes.co.uk i have no connection with either the machine or the seller but thou

ght you may like to know about its existance

geoff

3404615/03/2019 13:44:10
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Posted by geoff warner on 15/03/2019 13:37:36:

hi bill

there is a dore westbury for sale on lathes.co.uk i have no connection with either the machine or the seller but thought you may like to know about its existance

geoff

Thanks Geoff - good of you

Bill

Mike E.15/03/2019 14:04:05
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While on the lathes .co.uk site, scroll down the title page and click on to Dore Westbury under the milling machine section; there is a wealth of information about the mill there.

EDIT: Also, I noticed currently there is a Centec Mill with vertical head for sale on the gandmtools.co.uk site, which may be of interest to you ?

Edited By Mike E. on 15/03/2019 14:10:01

Brian Wood15/03/2019 14:07:10
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Bill,

That one is a Mk I, the Mk II has the fine down feed on the right hand side. Judging purely from the pictures it seems to be priced nearer the top end of value, despite the DRO, which is a useful accessory certainly for the table movements, less so in my view for the quill position.

I would still want to see it in use though. Generally, the ads on Tony Griffiths website are better described and likely to be more honest that taking a chance on some of the junk flogged off on ebay

My offer still stands if you find one nearer to where I am based

Regards

Brian

3404615/03/2019 14:33:22
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Brian

Many thanks for your offer .

If we see something near you I would be only too pleased to ask you.

Thank you.

Bill

PS just had a call from them - best price delivered just under £800 but will sit tight and look around a bit more.

Chris Trice15/03/2019 14:39:54
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Home And Workshop Machinery have just taken in a Dore Westbury. Worth talking to them. Although they're in SE London, they will deliver.

3404615/03/2019 14:44:04
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Posted by Chris Trice on 15/03/2019 14:39:54:

Home And Workshop Machinery have just taken in a Dore Westbury. Worth talking to them. Although they're in SE London, they will deliver.

Just had a called from them. Comes in at just under £800 delivered

Thanks

Bill

Chris Trice15/03/2019 16:20:46
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I've seen the machine (that's how I know about it) and it's a fine example. I think it has the very useful Dore Westbury design vice to go with it that opens much wider than a lot of commercial vices. I used to own an identical machine many years ago and they're very capable.

3404615/03/2019 17:30:49
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Chris

Thanks for being so helpful - much appreciated

PM sent

Bill

not done it yet15/03/2019 18:42:22
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Myford Boy, who makes a whole lot of U-toob vids, uses a Raglan mill for his milling requirements. A very good choice if it is big enough.

I don't know what the work piece size limitations are for the Dore Westbury, but being home made the quality of the workmanship can vary from exquisite to rather less than that.

I have a Raglan and it is quite limited, size-wise, but along with my Centec 2B I have managed to sort all the jobs I have attempted.

My Raglan mill is a superb example of the marque. I think Myford Boy's machine may well actually be a Myford version (ie made subsequent to the Myford takeover of Raglan).

Small mills are particularly restricted in head space over the table but I think I prefer to machine small parts on the Raglan (the other machine,often being tied up for other jobs is the likely reason why - as well as being delightfully light in operation).

not done it yet15/03/2019 18:42:22
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Deleted - yet another double post.

Edited By not done it yet on 15/03/2019 18:44:19

Hollowpoint15/03/2019 18:49:03
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The dore westbury mill is a nice machine, however I think £1000 is a bit strong. Unless it has lots of extras of course. I sold one about 4 years ago for £700 and that was the best example i've ever seen! Almost mint! and very well put together.

Edited By Hollowpoint on 15/03/2019 18:50:50

Old School15/03/2019 20:02:45
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I think it's expensive, last year my son bought a very nice Dore Westbury mk1 milling machine and a tidy fobco star drilling machine for £500.

Must be said the chap did in the end regret selling it.

Mark Rand15/03/2019 21:58:46
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Even though I had a set of Dore-Westbury castings and drawings before I got my Beaver milling machine, I would say that nowadays one would be better off getting something like the Seig 2 or 3 machines from the likes of Arceuro. Similar price, but more capacity, but still bench mountable if that is a requirement.

J Hancock16/03/2019 18:16:32
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That is a lot to ask for a DW and I have one !

Just make sure it is capable of doing the kind of work you expect at that price.

Not for nothing are commercial milling machines made to a different design to the DW.

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