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    Anyone know much about this mill? I have a friend who has one for sale. He has a small machine shop and doesn't need this mill. It comes with a static phase convertor. When I last asked him about the price it was around 700.00 maybe less, a year or so ago. He really hasen't advertised the mill. It just sits in his shop not used. Thanks stan

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    I have one and like it. You have to decide if a mill 3/4 the size of a Bridgeport will meet your needs. That means smaller capacity and smaller travel.

    Assuming that the machine is in good working order, it will do a fine job.

    Alex

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    • #3
      For a smaller mill they are nice machines, about 3/4th the size of a Bridgeport but some later models went up to 12x24 on the table travel. The only real downside is that there is no backgear on the head (really helps when using a boring head) and no power down feed. Also, check to see what taper the spindle is, there were a lot of early ones that are not R-8. The weight is about 1400 pounds and the scale is nice, so you can do a whole lot worse.

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      • #4
        They are a good machine, very basic no frills. They weigh about 1100# to 1200# making them easy to move. The only drawbacks are most don't have any power downfeed (its a rare option) a lot of them had #9 B & S tapers. If you're lucky, it will have an R-8. All in all they are a good solid machine and a good choice if it's not worn out.

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        • #5
          I had a late-model Millrite for 2 years, and I loved it. The only downside is that they have a someone plain head, with no downfeed stop, no powerfeed, and you could either get a drill-press style rack and pinion rapid downfeed, or a fine feed, but not both. And the way the quill was designed, it's very tough to add whichever one you didn't get.

          Most people, including myself, find the drill-press style rapid downfeed to be more desirable, since you mostly use the knee for Z movements -- it's much more rigid.
          "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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          • #6
            The three millrites that I've seen at auction around here in the past couple of years have gone for $1200 to $1500. These were in pretty good shape, ex school shop but not torn up.

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            • #7
              Excellent mill for a home shop. Perfect size, sturdy, hogs metal like a champ. I'd grab it for $700. I paid $1000 for mine.

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              • #8
                I like mine, its a 1980 w/R8 spindle. I run mine on a vfd. Like everyone said, just your basic american made knee mill.

                Not sure if yours is a grey Burke, or a starsky and hutch green with white stripe Powermatic

                U can kinda see it in the back. Great garage sized machine.

                https://www.flickr.com/photos/csprecision

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                • #9
                  Nice looking SM Lathe. I am re finishing the same model and am also interested in the Millrite.

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                  • #10
                    Millrites are nice mills, provided they have not been abused. Try to find one owned by a garage shop type and not a machine shop. Parts are still available from http://www.dcmorrison.com/ from what I have read. They were available with several table sizes, X axis power feed, and collet types. $700 sounds pretty good if it is not worn out.

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                    • #11
                      Bought a 1976 Starsky and Hutch green one like new back in June, excellant shape for $1000. Real good machine for a home shop. Mine has R8 collets. Wish the table had power feed (suffer from laziness) but will adapt one too it in the future.

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                      • #12
                        Just bought one

                        Stepped up from an Enco Mill-drill.
                        Love it!

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                        • #13
                          Great picture! I miss my Millrite
                          "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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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Rex
                            Stepped up from an Enco Mill-drill.
                            Love it!
                            Is that the one that was on Coolair Drive, near White Rock Lake? The one I would have had if I hadn't slept late that day?

                            If so, try to get in touch with the seller...he has found some literature pertaining to it.

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                            • #15
                              yep

                              Yes John, that's the one. I got there at 8:00, and there was already lots of guys there. I had to make a deal quickly.

                              The owner did contact me about the manuals, and I went back and picked them up. We found a nice small Dividing head and a new Criterion 2" boring bar on that trip, which I also bought.

                              They are supposed to have an estate sale soon, might be other things turn up.
                              I'll probably be there.

                              Sorry you missed that one (no, not really) but I did find a Rockwell mill yesterday in Dallas.

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