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I've been battling this milling machine for several months now. The battle ended today! After having to take the first machine back to Springfield, MO, I hired some thugs, I mean movers, to help g...

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I've been battling this milling machine for several months now. The battle ended today!

After having to take the first machine back to Springfield, MO, I hired some thugs, I mean movers, to help get the new machine into the basement. The first one weighed 170. This one weighs 700. The pictures follow the boys as they move the machine into the basement and onto my workbench.

Then there were more issues: First, the key for the drill chuck didn't fit. Had to order a new one. Luckily, they also sent a new chuck because the chuck was the problem. Set up took several hours despite their humorous suggestion that an hour would take care of it.

Today I was trying to mount my machine vise onto the table. When I got the bolts they wouldn't fit in the slots on the table. So, I ground down the edges. Then they wouldn't fit through the slots on the vise. I spent a couple of hours filing out the slots so the bolts would fit.

Finally! Everything is mounted and the first hole is drilled.
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I've been battling this milling machine for several months now. The battle ended today! After having to take the first machine back to Springfield, MO, I hired some thugs, I mean movers, to help g...

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A few weeks ago I was pleased to post some pictures of my new mill/drill. It took several hours to get it set up. Once I had it set up, I put a milling machine vise on it & prepared to drill a pen blank. I discovered that once the spindle and chuck had been added to the machine, when I put the drill bit in it actually sat below the top of the vise.

After several frustrating phone calls, looking for solutions, I came to an agreement with the manufacturer that I would personally deliver the milling machine back to Springfield, MO and would purchase a larger machine (at almost double the price of the original purchase).

Well, as I looked at the catalog regarding the new machine, I discovered that the new milling machine weighs in at 700 pounds. I was skeptical about my current workbench being able to support that much weight, so, I built an addition to the workbench. It isn't something that a real carpenter would show to demonstrate the quality of his work but, I think you could park a Pachyderm on it and it would be solid.

Then I realized that the new machine was 220 volts rather than 110. This required the addition of a 220 line to the shop. While I was doing that I also put a light in a storage closet so I could see to wire the outlet for the mill.

Now comes a trip to Springfield, hiring a moving company to move the new machine from my truck to the basement.

That's my whine and I'm sticking to it!

I would like to get back to making pens again!
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A few weeks ago I was pleased to post some pictures of my new mill/drill. It took several hours to get it set up. Once I had it set up, I put a milling machine vise on it & prepared to drill a pen b...

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