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    Default New Guy with Milling Machine Question

    New to this forum (was politely told by Practical Machinist that I shouldn't be on that forum).

    I recently got, at a fantastic price, a KBC VM-22-R8 milling machine, with a slew of accessories, cutters, collets, etc. What I need is a good manual. I downloaded the .pdf file from the KBC web site but it is severely lacking (missing whole sections and/or pages).

    Might anyone have a lead on a manual for this machine. I still need to call them to see if they might have something they can send (or sell me). If someone has a good manual I'm willing to pay for the copying and shipping.

    It's an addition to expand my capabilities of my one man firearms repair/refurbishing business.

    Thanks for any help anyone can give me. You'll probably see more of me (probably on the gunsmithing section) if I have questions. Plus, once I go through the boxes of stuff that came with the mill, I'll probably have things I'll never use and I'll put them up for sale or trade.

    Ron

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    Its almost certainly a variation of other mills with a different name tag, and some, or one of them may have a better manual (Grizzly. Enco, etc)

    Take a picture of it and show, someone will probably recognize it and can shed some light on it.

    What is it - a mill-drill, bridgeport type, bench top??
    If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something........

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    Welcome to the circus!

    Have a look at this one from Grizzly Tools.
    http://www.grizzly.com/products/8-x-...cal-Mill/G0678

    Although they also stock a similar non-variable speed model, that page does not have a link to any manuals???
    However this one should in most respects be much like yours.
    Much better manual than KBC's.
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    looks lkike its one of these

    http://kbctoolsandmachinery.com/product/show/6-380-002

    all the best.markj

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    Quote Originally Posted by aboard_epsilon
    looks lkike its one of these

    http://kbctoolsandmachinery.com/product/show/6-380-002

    all the best.markj
    That is the exact one that I bought (mines' an bit older though). However, the manual that they direct you to frankly sucks.
    Ron
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    yup had a look at it ..and its no good

    also had a look at the grizzly site for one ..they only list the parts manual ..

    will keep looking .

    all the best.markj

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    Quote Originally Posted by aboard_epsilon
    yup had a look at it ..and its no good

    also had a look at the grizzly site for one ..they only list the parts manual ..

    will keep looking .

    all the best.markj
    Take a look at my link, all manuals are there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Willy
    Welcome to the circus!

    Have a look at this one from Grizzly Tools.
    http://www.grizzly.com/products/8-x-...cal-Mill/G0678

    Although they also stock a similar non-variable speed model, that page does not have a link to any manuals???
    However this one should in most respects be much like yours.
    Much better manual than KBC's.

    This manual will help out a lot, not exactly the same but similar enough that I can use it to fill in what the KBC manual lacks. Thanks for the assist.

    This forum seems to a lot friendlier than Practical Machinist.
    Ron
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    here's something

    from about half way down the page

    it shows all the diffrent versions from different makers of your machine

    http://bridgeport.askmisterscience.com/smallmills.htm

    all the best..markj

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    Wow,
    Great responses for the new guy. Thanks to all that replied. I downloaded several of the manuals and I think I can actually cobble together a manual that will be useful. I really appreciate the help and hope I can help in the future.
    Ron
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