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Brian lightfoot27/01/2014 17:45:02
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Hi there

Does anyone use the Warco major gh milling machine, and what do you think of it please.

Brian Stoke on Trent.

Mick Dobson27/01/2014 20:00:15
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Hello Brian,

I have the Super Major, which is the version with the dove-tailed vertical column, as opposed (I think) to the round column of the GH Major. I have been very pleased with it in general. The only issues are that the gearing can be a bit noisy (experiment with oils) and also when the fine down feed quill drive is engaged, the main hand levers at the side can tend to jump back into mesh and this causes the quill to then retract to the top. I solved this by hooking a light elastic band around the levers when in fine quill feed.

I fitted DROs to the table on X and Y travels, and also to the quill Z axis. invaluable enhancement! My machine has the powered X travel and this motor too is a bit noisy. I make sure the gearing is well greased and not too tight in mesh.

Overall, a good machine. My previous Warco Minor was a good 'un too.

Regards, Mick

michael cole27/01/2014 20:03:51
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Hi Brian

I use the Chester version without the power downfeed. I am very pleased with it. Bigger table and travels than the common belt drive machines. The height under is head is vast, Mine has a MT4 taper. Taper gibs, the only real downside is only 6 speeds with a fairly low top speed of 1600 rpm, The head is very heavy when it comes to tramming it. It makes a very good s/h buy.


Boiler Bri27/01/2014 21:13:09
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Hi Brian

Mine was ok and I had some good results from it, but in the end I changed it for a power feed one. Easier on the arms.

The quill feed was a bit temperamental as we'll.


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