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  • #16
    Looking on the lathes UK site, referred to by Mikegt4, the mill as a very nice machine. Well worth going after.

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    • #17
      That was a online auction, and I got it. It might be a pig-in-a-poke.
      I'm committed to go get it.
      I guess I build a heavy pallett and lag bolt it down.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Ringo View Post
        That was a online auction, and I got it. It might be a pig-in-a-poke.
        I'm committed to go get it.
        I guess I build a heavy pallett and lag bolt it down.
        PM glug, he is a great source of info for doing that stuff. He helped me with my 10EE purchase.

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        • #19
          Congrats Ringo. Hope itโ€™s a good one.
          Illigitimi non Carborundum ๐Ÿ˜Ž
          9X49 Birmingham Mill, Reid Model 2C Grinder, 13x40 ENCO GH Lathe, 6X18 Craftsman lathe, Sherline CNC mill, Eastwood TIG200 AC/DC and lots of stuff from 30+ years in the trade and 15.5 in refinery unit operations. Now retired. El Paso, TX

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          • #20
            On those Burke mills,
            check out the Y axis dovetail ways and gib really good.
            The leadscrew is offset to the right, and not centered like a Bridgeport.
            This means offset forces tend to wear the ways into a banana shape
            and the Y axis will crab when you reverse direction. Not the best design
            for slideways.

            -Doozer
            DZER

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Ringo View Post
              That was a online auction, and I got it. It might be a pig-in-a-poke.
              I'm committed to go get it.
              I guess I build a heavy pallett and lag bolt it down.
              Please film the move, or at least post pics.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Doozer View Post
                On those Burke mills,
                check out the Y axis dovetail ways and gib really good.
                The leadscrew is offset to the right, and not centered like a Bridgeport.
                This means offset forces tend to wear the ways into a banana shape
                and the Y axis will crab when you reverse direction. Not the best design
                for slideways.

                -Doozer
                This seems to be true.

                I re-scraped the knee of one for a guy I know, and it was worn oddly apparently due to the off-center screw. Some of the gibs are also a "different" type, a wedge shaped separate piece. I had to mill quite a bit off of one to get it to tighten to a snug sliding fit on it's fitting part.

                Turned out OK, but it was different than I expected.
                1601

                Keep eye on ball.
                Hashim Khan

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                • #23
                  Can someone tell me ,please,
                  Can you turn the millrite head upside down for transport like the bridgeport?

                  THX, Ken

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                  • #24
                    On mine you can not. It will tilt about 90 deg, or you can take it off but that's it.
                    Last edited by chipmaker4130; 06-13-2020, 05:33 PM.
                    Southwest Utah

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by chipmaker4130 View Post
                      On mine you can not. It will tilt about 90 deg, or you can take it off but that's it.
                      Well, if I attempt to remove the whole upper assy, is it gonna try to roll over lifted with slings? will it try to stay upright itself?

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                      • #26
                        It will roll around (I assume you're talking about the head itself). Even lifting the whole mill with straps around the ram it will lean quite far to one side. You probably don't need to drop the CG. I moved mine 400 miles in a small Nissan pickup with a set of overload springs on the rear axle. It was bolted to a 4' X 4' pallet and an angle-iron frame was built around the front part of the bed for tie-downs. It wasn't smart, but it worked ok. I had a friend unload it for me using a chain around a tractor bucket! I borrowed a forklift when I moved it from the garage to a detached shop. It definitely isn't a one-man job to move very far. One guy can move it on level concrete with pipe rollers and crowbars.
                        Southwest Utah

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                        • #27
                          I mean remove the whole ram assembly. it looks like the motor up high will make it top heavy.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by chipmaker4130 View Post
                            .... One guy can move it on level concrete with pipe rollers and crowbars.
                            I alone moved my 9,000 lb boring mill into my shop on level concrete with pipe rollers and crowbars.
                            So with some planning, moving a small mill is cake.
                            I would not take the head off.
                            Unless this thing is built like a porn star, your gunna be alright.

                            -Doozer
                            DZER

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                            • #29
                              Mine traveled 800 miles in a semi trailer strapped to a pallet and survived. They (HGR) didn't even bother lower the knee all the way down. Bolt it to some lumber to increase the footprint, lower the knee, flop the head as far as it will go, and strap it down good you'll be fine.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Doozer View Post

                                I alone moved my 9,000 lb boring mill into my shop on level concrete with pipe rollers and crowbars.
                                So with some planning, moving a small mill is cake.
                                I would not take the head off.
                                Unless this thing is built like a porn star, your gunna be alright.

                                -Doozer
                                yeah, I know, but, in a earlier post, I am facing a incline, and low headroom.
                                Sure, level, smooth concrete floor, is easy.
                                Now introduce incline and low headroom (all armstrong movements) and it becomes a bit different.

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