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old mart16/02/2020 19:10:01
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I've just seen this very compact milling machine on ebay UK. It looks a cut above the usual small mills, any ideas what make it is? 

Sorry, forgot the link.

Edited By old mart on 16/02/2020 19:18:19

not done it yet16/02/2020 19:14:07
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Any clues?

michael potts16/02/2020 19:24:46
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It is either a Westbury or a Dore Westbury.

J Hancock16/02/2020 19:24:48
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It is a Dore Westbury.

old mart16/02/2020 19:43:51
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Thanks, I've found it on lathes UK


Mike E.16/02/2020 19:53:11
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I noticed there is also one currently available on the site.

Dave Halford16/02/2020 20:58:56
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For those who don't know it means it's a design made from a casting kit and not a 'make'smiley

Bob Mc16/02/2020 21:44:21
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Yes I have got one of those Dore Westbury... it has been quite good, the one on ebay has had some modifications which will make it better than normal ie the drive has an intermediate pulley but you can't see whether the owner has removed the planet/sattelite gearbox .

There are a couple of problems that I found with this type of mill, if the head is rotated for chamfering for example it is a job to get it back to exact perpendicular alignment, and the spindle does make a clattering noise when under power, I have fixed mine using delrin inserts in the spindle splines. Perhaps the modifications to this one for sale will address those problems but I can't say without more information which is a bit lacking in the ebay description.

I would advise that these mills were all home built with castings and you should be prepared to sort out problems, that said once fixed properly the mill is just the right size and power for model work and heavier stuff.

There is a Yahoo group for this mill.

As the head can be rotated, cutting flutes can be accomplished without using a rounded cutter see below



Zan16/02/2020 23:54:16
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That looks a real good buy. I sold mine in about 1998 for 450 and itdidnt have all the mods that this one has. It’s a sound machine, but I switched mine for a rishton and swapped that for a Bridgeport n a small cnc miller table is small but adequate . The kits were sold part npmachimed, with all the big work done, leaving the builder to do all the small stuff. Totally superseded these days by the likes of sieg burpt in its day it was fantastidpc.. a good specimen. Go for it.

Clive Brown 117/02/2020 09:14:19
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The Ebay machine is clearly to the Westbury design, but some of the main castings appear to have been fabricated, so it doesn't use much of the poular commecial kit. Was that by MES of Sheffield?

The table looks to be definitely MES however.

A mk.2 design had an epicyclic gearbox for lower speeds.

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