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Chris Crosskey23/09/2011 15:18:23
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Hi FOlks, I have a Herbert Simplimill, it seems to be typical of WW2 era British single round overarm horizontals but mine also has the vertical head.... Mine is the hgiher-speed variant I beilive and although it needs a fair amount of work to get it back to operating status 9it's in big lumps ATM) I was wondering about the viability of a few modifications...
1: A norton gearbox for speed selection.... I only have one set of speed gears for it (it used 12DP changewheels). Has anyone ever done this? Ditto the crossfeed (which was 10DP wierdly)
2: A selectable planetary speed reduction gear between the motor and it's input connection to the mill. This would be so I could get the advantages of the low-speed version of the mill as well, it ran at 1/4 the speed fo the fast one....
If anyone knows of anyone with experience of this machine (mine is the wheel feed not the lever feed) then I'd welcome the contact.... if you have a spare set of changewheels for it or have experience of selectable (ie geared or ungeared) planetaries then I'd love to hear from you....
Does anyone know what sort of colour would be correct, my machine is blue, but I would have thought it would have been grey back then.... Unless the BLue is original and rare then I'll probably paint it grey to match my Myford

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