Well, I posted over at Practical Machinist and got nothin. So I'll try it here.
I just purchased a Barker Model AM Production Mill. Pretty stout machine. I haven't had a chance to do much of anything to it yet, it's still in pieces in the garage....that's how I got it loaded in my car at HGR industrial surplus. I feel I got it for a song (though out of tune)...only $200, and all of the flaking is still evident on all of the ways.
This thing has a 2 hP motor, from the factory. Pretty damn powerful.
I'm just curious if anyone knows how much of that horsepower I will actually be able to use. My VN #12 has a 2 hP motor...and is considerably larger. The barker weighs in, per barkers website at around 450 lbs, which isn't big, but it isn't small either. Considerably larger than the PM model that they have (with a 1/3 hp motor).
Just wondering if anyone has any experience on this machine.