I'll try and keep this intro short.
I've just acquired a machine I've always wanted...a
vertical milling machine. A 60-year-old Archdale.
Rightly or wrongly I love the older stuff and I'm lucky that my workshop is surrounded by old engineers.
I bought it for less than its scrap value! From the guy next door who had bought it from the guy who has an old factory behind me. They're both friends of mine and the factory is pure porn for those who love old machines.
Anyways, I've done a good clean up and rewire and now need to oil and prep it. I've resisted a proper tear down for now...I have other projects to do. But it will be done.
Money for this is tight but I'll be chipping away at all the things I need. Starting with the manuals that cost a fortune for photocopies...but I understand the pricing due to their rarity.
Think that'll do for now?
I'll add pics tomorrow if anyone's interested.