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  • Myford vert slide, which one?

    After missing several on ebay I have decided to buy one. Fixed or double swivel? Orig. equip. or one like these? Anyone have any direct experience with any or all of these?

    The one on Tony's site looks more substantial, but is not the double swivel...

    http://www.chronos.ltd.uk/acatalog/i...ml&CatalogBody

    http://www.lathes.co.uk/accessoriesn...ticalslide.jpg

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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by sandiapaul:
    After missing several on ebay I have decided to buy one. Fixed or double swivel? Orig. equip. or one like these? Anyone have any direct experience with any or all of these?

    The one on Tony's site looks more substantial, but is not the double swivel...

    http://www.chronos.ltd.uk/acatalog /index.html?http%3A//www.chronos.ltd.uk/acatalog/Acessories_suitable_for_the_Myford_Lathe.html&Cata logBody

    http://www.lathes.co.uk/accessoriesn...ticalslide.jpg
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    If you are in the mood to roll your own, this will make a slide comparable or better than those shown.

    http://www.statecollegecentral.com/m...the/MLA-5.html
    Jim H.

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    • #3
      No experience with Myford vertical slides, but I do have the Boxford vertical slide, which I got for use on my South Bend 10K. It swivels all over the place, which is handy. I use it maybe once a year for some weird oddlball milling or drilling job that needs all the degrees of freedom I can get, not readily available with my milling machine.

      Any vertical slide you get is not going to be very rigid, even the best of them. If you contemplate having this as your entire milling capability, I think I'd err on the side of rigidity and sacrifice flexibility though.
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      • #4
        I agree with SGW.

        Neither slide is really substantial enough to do anything other than small light jobs.

        Do recall that these became accessories in the days when few of us had milling machines in our modest workshops.

        Yes I have one- a fixed one- which has fitted two myfords, a Zyto and a 9x20.
        I do best not to use it.
        Nice to have when it comes to selling the last Myford.

        Does that help?

        Norman

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        • #5
          Maybe I should be more clear on my needs. I have 2 mills and 2 shapers so I'm good there. What I want is the ability to for example drill(or mill) holes on the periphery, or on the end of a workpiece without removing it from the chuck. I have always like the utility of the "overhead gear" setup and most(all) work would be very small and light, think clocks and perhaps some ornamental turning type stuff. I guess what I'm really asking is are the 2 units I linked to any good, in comparison with the Myford brand ones?

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          • #6
            Correction noted.

            I feel that your answer lies in Geo H Thomas's Workshop Techniques which together with his Model Engineers Workshop Manual.

            These contain not only the advice but constructional drawings to produce these devices.

            Thomas in the first book describes the drilling of division plates without recourse to a having a dividing head in the first instance.

            I have made two of the devices suggested.

            Obviously, GHT is not the only expert and much can be gleaned from Tom Walshaw's Ornamental Turning and if you want to really want to turn Eiffel Towers, Holzapfell is your man.

            Good classical stuff from the gurus!

            Norman

            [This message has been edited by NORMAN ATKINSON (edited 01-05-2006).]

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