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  • Any Van Norman gurus here?

    If there is could you pm me your email...I'd like to send you some pics of a mill I'm interested in. I'd like some info on this machine.
    Thanks!
    Russ
    I have tools I don't even know I own...

  • #2
    I have a Van Norman #6, but I don't consider myself a guru. What is exceptional about my machine is that it was the previous two owners saved every bit of documentation and literature back to its original purchase.

    I have scanned all V-N literature--about 100 jpegs--and offer it to any interested parties for a reasonable $10. The price barely covers my expenses. I'm not doing it to make a profit, but merely to lend a helping hand.

    I'll PM you.

    Orrin
    So many projects. So little time.

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    • #3
      I have a very old (1937 vintage) VN #12, came from the long defunct General Electric TV plant in Sufflok VA, via a small commercial job shop to me, history before that unknown. I have a Navy tech manual on a series of VN #12s that were bought for a series of cruisers in WWII, it is a basic commercial manual with a few pages of lists of accessories provided along with spare parts ordered by the Navy in 1943. Includes a full size copy of a basic installation dimension drawing of the VN #12.

      I can send you a paper copy if you like, shipping charges only (book rate from USPS probably $3). I'll have to dig it out of all the stuff I took home when I retired last year.

      Have you looked at the Van Norman page by John Kasunich at
      http://home.att.net/~JEKasunich/vannorman/VN_Home.htm
      It has a lot of data on Van Normans.

      Steve

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      • #4
        Thanks guys! Orrin I've emailed you a pic of the mill so we can determine the model number and go from there.
        Russ
        I have tools I don't even know I own...

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        • #5
          Orrin I've emailed you a pic of the mill so we can determine the model number and go from there.
          Russ
          Oops, Russ, I didn't see it. Most likely my spam filter probably didn't recognize your name and sent it into the trash. Would you please send it, again?

          Sorry.

          There is a considerable variety of V-N models owned by the members of this group. You might consider joining it.

          http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/grou...?yguid=5735230

          Best regards,

          Orrin
          So many projects. So little time.

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          • #6
            van norman gurus

            Get yourself over on the Van Norman yahoo groups! All the info you will ever desire!

            mark61

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            • #7
              Russ,

              I don't want to volunteer anyone for help , but Lane has a beautiful Van Norman #12:

              http://www.cp-tel.net/mary/LVanNorman.htm

              Cheers,

              Robert
              "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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              • #8
                Re Lanes # 12 ......
                He did a pretty extensive rebuild/rework on that thing (as with bout everything hes got!) and he got VERY familar with it----sure is a purty thing...
                If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something........

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                • #9
                  I don't know if I am a expert but have been through every inch of my Van Norman #12 and have most of all the attachments they made. May can help . They are unusual mills but nice and very user friendly. and H--l for stout.
                  Every Mans Work Is A Portrait of Him Self
                  http://sites.google.com/site/machinistsite/TWO-BUDDIES
                  http://s178.photobucket.com/user/lan...?sort=3&page=1

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                  • #10
                    Orrin and Lane, I sent you both the pics (Orrin...I tried you again ).
                    I'd post them here but there's a young fellow who I don't know in the pic and I don't know if it'd be proper to post his pic on the net.
                    This is one stout looking machine. It comes with a lot of pricey tooling also.
                    The folks bought it at an auction then found out how heavy it is...it's still sitting in the auction yard. They still won't tell me how much they want for it.
                    Ries...Thanks for the heads up.
                    BTW...this thing is 550V 3ph...anyone know if i can power this here? I only have 220V 1 ph. It's got a 7 1/2 hp main motor. I'm thinking RPC for this one instead of the VFD I have on my Ohio.
                    Thanks!
                    Russ
                    I have tools I don't even know I own...

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                    • #11
                      Torker, unless you have plenty of room and a very stout electrical service, I'd shy away from that thing. It is a monster.

                      A friend of mine bought a mill about that size, figuring he'd make the necessary repairs and re-sell it at a profit. He wound up selling it to the scrap iron dealer.

                      My 2ยข

                      Orrin
                      So many projects. So little time.

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                      • #12
                        Phase-changers - 1>3

                        Originally posted by torker
                        Orrin and Lane, I sent you both the pics (Orrin...I tried you again ).
                        I'd post them here but there's a young fellow who I don't know in the pic and I don't know if it'd be proper to post his pic on the net.
                        This is one stout looking machine. It comes with a lot of pricey tooling also.
                        The folks bought it at an auction then found out how heavy it is...it's still sitting in the auction yard. They still won't tell me how much they want for it.
                        Ries...Thanks for the heads up.
                        BTW...this thing is 550V 3ph...anyone know if i can power this here? I only have 220V 1 ph. It's got a 7 1/2 hp main motor. I'm thinking RPC for this one instead of the VFD I have on my Ohio.
                        Thanks!
                        Russ
                        Russ and others.

                        I have seen a lot of discussion on 1 > 3 phase changers over time.

                        Perhaps you'd like to check out the Australian site:
                        http://www.phasechanger.com/about_us.php
                        http://www.phasechanger.com/international.php

                        I may have to install 1>3 ph as some equipment that I have I mind needs 3 ph

                        I have 240v 50~ 2ph 60A/ph so my supply is adequate.

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                        • #13
                          Orrin, I'd have the room one way or another (build it its own house ) but the electrics have me concerned. My present electrical setup is about maxed out as it is. I'm running 3 welders, two plasma cutters, two mills, the lathe and all the other junk I have. If it gets any busier I'll be hiring another employee so three machines would be running at times. I'd love to have that big ol' hunk of metal though.
                          Russ
                          I have tools I don't even know I own...

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                          • #14
                            If its a one man shop, and you don't have anything that cuts on automatically (air compressor?) then its not a problem, since you won't be running more than one machine at once anyway.

                            With an employee, then you would have to worry about two machines.

                            Steve

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by torker
                              BTW...this thing is 550V 3ph...anyone know if i can power this here? I only have 220V 1 ph. It's got a 7 1/2 hp main motor.
                              That's a problem Russ -- you would need a large step-up transformer.

                              As you probably know, 550V is pretty rare. Most step-up transformers are 1:2, so you can get from 240 - 440V, which would run your machine with a 25% power loss.
                              Last edited by lazlo; 10-31-2007, 09:55 AM.
                              "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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