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3t-
05-26-2008, 10:08 PM
Picked up a couple of new toys for the shop (garage) last week. Paid too dear a price for both probably but I got tired of waiting for that "deal of a lifetime" to show up:

I know that detractors of the Atlas family of machines is legion but I thought it would be nice to have similar capacity machines to tinker with.

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb219/tthurin/machines/DSCN1234.jpg

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb219/tthurin/machines/DSCN1232.jpg

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http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb219/tthurin/machines/DSCN1231.jpg

I enjoy my Atlas 10in QC54 and it's a step up from my 9x20 import, but I currently have a good balance between import and domestic on the small machine side of things.

Just thought I'd share.

3t-
05-26-2008, 10:11 PM
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb219/tthurin/machines/DSCN1226.jpg

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb219/tthurin/machines/DSCN1228.jpg

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http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb219/tthurin/machines/DSCN1238.jpg

Keeps me in metal chips and the smell of cutting fluid!

edit, just repairing some photobucket links

alanganes
05-26-2008, 10:23 PM
Wow, nice shop you have going there! I like the little horizontal mill, I've always sort of wanted one of those. I've learned to never worry if I've "paid too much" for something. If it does what I need/want, and is worth the price TO ME at that time, then I figure that I got a deal. Looks like fun stuff!

-Al

tiptop
05-26-2008, 10:34 PM
3t-,
Your Atlas Miller and your Shaper were the exact same machines I bought first when starting this madness/illness. I really enjoyed both of those two and learned a lot from them. You can do a lot of work with either one, it is just a little slower because of their size. Good to see some one else has a set. By the way I paid to much for mine also but then I sold them and the next guy did to. So in other words I got my money back. I jumped up or back when buying my next set with a 16" G&E Shaper and a #2 B&S Horizontal both from the 1800's. Good luck and have fun that is the main thing in my estimation. Jay

dp
05-26-2008, 10:40 PM
The mill and shaper are the perfect size for my shop - still waiting. Hope a couple turn up before the scrap metal yards get them all.

RobbieKnobbie
05-26-2008, 11:23 PM
old american equipment may or may not work better than modern chinese imports, but it sure is prettier.

that shaper is a cast iron work of art. I hope it runs as good as it looks.

oldtiffie
05-26-2008, 11:36 PM
You are happy with it all (so would I be !!) and that is all that matters -as said by others.

Ken_Shea
05-26-2008, 11:42 PM
3t-
What a nice set of tools, and shop, now have lots of fun.

I just love that little horizontal mill, I had no idea those were available in that size.

JRouche
05-27-2008, 02:00 AM
Hey!!!! I love yer shop... You have alot more capabilities there than most folks I know locally. Definitely more than anyone on my street.. I like it. You can go out there now and tinker with whatever you want... Sweet!!!!! JR

Chipslinger
05-27-2008, 07:25 AM
Did you pick up the H-mill and shaper at the same place/time?

laddy
05-27-2008, 08:05 AM
Looks Great! I have a similar set up. Craftsman 6" lathe, Atlas horizontal mill right next to my Atlas shaper. A Sheldon/Vernon vertical mill, die filer, horizontal and vertical bandsaws. What else could you ask for. Your mill and shaper look to be in fantastic shape. You will get alot of use out of them. Good Luck, Fred

3t-
05-27-2008, 08:44 AM
Did you pick up the H-mill and shaper at the same place/time?


Actually they came from different ends of the country:D The mill came from So. Cal. and the Shaper from central Penn. Both through ebay contacts and both sellers were extremely nice gentlemen and easy to deal with. The owner of the mill actually hauled it most of the way here as he was coming this way on a vacation/trip. The shaper was broken down, palatized and shrink wrapped so well it took me over an hour to get it all unpacked. Both machines came with cutters, tooling, arbors, etc. The shaper acutally came with a binder that included manual, parts lists, old Atlas/Craftsman machine cataloge, Sheldon "How To" booklet and more. Both machines run very nicely, I did put a new motor on the mill, probably would not have been necessary but the one it came with was not original and was an open style with plenty of cutting fluid and gunk inside. It put out a bit of smoke once or twice so I figured might as well go with the TEFC.

Thanks guys for all the comments on the setup. I know it's not much by some standards but it does give me a nice "retreat" now and then.

kvom
05-27-2008, 10:39 AM
Why did you decide to use a dishwasher as a base for the mill?

I like your toys!

Rusty Marlin
05-27-2008, 10:50 AM
That's not a dishwasher.
That's a Hot water/detergent parts washer/degreaser with automatic cycle and parts drying option.

:D

It would cost a bloody fortune too if advertised as such and sold by a machine tool company. :rolleyes:

Lew Hartswick
05-27-2008, 10:53 AM
That's not a dishwasher.
That's a Hot water/detergent parts washer/degreaser with automatic cycle and parts drying option.

:D

It would cost a bloody fortune too if advertised as such and sold by a machine tool company. :rolleyes:
I love it. :-)
...lew...

3t-
05-27-2008, 11:35 AM
Why did you decide to use a dishwasher as a base for the mill?

I like your toys!


Oh, I just hate to throw anything away that "might" be useful someday:D

So when the dishwasher gave up the ghost in the kitchen I moved it to the garage to see if there were any parts to salvage. The heavy duty cutting board top came off first and refinished up real nice for use in the kitchen. I had a 1/4 inch steel plate top on it and used it for a roll-around work table for a while. The cabinet is quite sturdy so off came the steel top and off came the casters and on went the mill. The drop down door opens to some great storage, made a couple of heavy sliding drawers/shelves for the inside and have about 200#s of tooling, lathe chucks, rotary table, angle plates, etc stored inside. (out of the dirt and dust, out of sight from the kids, out of the way:eek:

The things that you must do in a "small" shop space.:p