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Offline Symon

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Hey, from Durham/Newcastle
« on: March 25, 2017, 03:05:52 PM »
Hey all :beer:

I'll try and keep this intro short.

I've just acquired a machine I've always wanted...a tank 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? :D

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I'll add pics tomorrow if anyone's interested.


Offline howsitwork?

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Re: Hey, from Durham/Newcastle
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2017, 03:15:18 PM »
Are old engineers cheaper to run than guard dogs???? :D :D

Welcome and keep the neighbours on board they can probably show you all the ropes with the machine, if correctly bribed with chocolate digestives and coffee at the required intervals :lol:

Pics would be good .

Ian

Offline Symon

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Re: Hey, from Durham/Newcastle
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2017, 03:41:53 PM »
The guy who's it was originally was just chuffed I was going to be using it :) He's around 90 and his place is amazing.

Sadly a lot of stuff is so wrecked. He has a cupboard full of Moore and Wright micrometers and Boxford plunge gauges (among other amazing measuring stuff)...but it's all ruined through being in a damp factory for so long :(

But his machines are incredible. Including his gigantic radial drill.

I'm after the manuals simply to keep the machine maintained to the best I can. I don't want to be the guy  who wrecks it after 60 years :laugh:

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Re: Hey, from Durham/Newcastle
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2017, 05:04:13 PM »
Hi an welcome .pete from Sunderland

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Re: Hey, from Durham/Newcastle
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2017, 05:18:24 PM »
 :wave: :wave: Welcome aboard 
People say you only live once ! I say thank F@*K can't afford to do it twice.

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Re: Hey, from Durham/Newcastle
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2017, 05:41:48 PM »
hi and welcome in in Durham a lil village named Bowburn  enjoy  :proj: