View Full Version : Clausing mill

09-13-2004, 10:02 PM
This is about the size I would like, but only a MT#2 taper, isn't that a bit undersize?
Opinions needed.

09-13-2004, 10:31 PM
I'd love that mill, but I would like R8 taper. My micro mill is mt2 taper. Mt2 is ok, just seams r8 has much more tooling.

09-14-2004, 08:39 AM
For the size of the machine, #2 Morse is reasonable. And it looks to be in great shape. You can get collets, you can get a drill chuck with a 1/2" straight shank to put in a collet, you can get a boring head with a #2 Morse shank; what else do you need?

Al Messer
09-14-2004, 12:14 PM
If I lived 3,000 miles closer to the seller, I would definitely bid on it as it would suit my needs perfectly.

09-14-2004, 01:18 PM
I have one of these, and think it's a great machine, esp. for those of us who don't have room for a Bridgeport. If you really want R-8 (and yeah there's a lot more used tooling around cheap + larger diameter), look for a Rockwell vertical. About the same size, but even harder to find.

There is a yahoo group for Clausing mill & lathes.

The one on ebay has been fixed up some, handles are not original & micrometer dials are missing.


09-14-2004, 02:07 PM
I have no difficulty in finding a Rockwell vertical. All I have to do is go to the basement/garage, stand in front of, and look to the left of the Bridgeport.

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09-14-2004, 03:04 PM
Thanks guys.
My mini-mill is a #3 MT, so hesitant to go.
Didn't notice dial problem.
I have quite a bit of tooling in #3, so reluctant to start over.
O the other site, was mentioned a BP *M* head would fit. (whatever that is)

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09-15-2004, 07:27 AM
PSD Ken,
If you are intersted, look here for Bridgeport "M" head info. I beleive they, ("M" heads) were phased out of production in the 1960's.

http://www.lathes.co.uk/bridgport/page2.html (http://www.lathes.co.uk/bridgeport/page2.html)

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Ian B
09-15-2004, 07:48 AM
2MT is fine for the size of mill, but you'll need to use a drawbar to hold the tapers in place if you're milling - the side loads and downward pull from spiral flute endmills will tend to walk endmill holders out of the taper, resulting in a sudden (and probably unwanted)increase in depth of cut.

Ask me how I know this...


09-15-2004, 06:41 PM
You don't want a Bridgeport M head if you really want a R8 or 3M spindle - they were only made with 2M, 7B&S, or B3 tapers.