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  • HF Mini Mill/Drill

    I received my mini mill today. What a beauty. Came in crate FedX dropped on side. I guess they can't understand what the arrows on side mean up. No damage thank goodness. What a bargin paid $359.99 shipping brought it up to $395,but will receive a $10 gift certif in mail. Person I ordered from was a gem . First guy was a little ruff and I asked for his super. I could understand the super. I ordered on Tues got today:Fri. It has the R8 spindle. Instructions for breakin are nil. I downloaded Griz's. They state to run it in all speeds to break it in. It will sure do what ever I need to cut. I must order tool holders for end mills. I have a Chandler Duplex boring head in R8 for it. I need instructions for the head. I used a different type when I worked as a machinist 10 yrs ago. I can't remember the name of it.

  • #2
    Congrats on the little mill -- as for the Chandler...

    Just happen to have .....

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/26224320/C...g-Head-Catalog

    I've got one too -- I havent used it yet, sure is a cool boring head tho, someday I'm gonna fine a job to do with it!
    If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something........

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    • #3
      Chandler

      Originally posted by Bill Pace
      Congrats on the little mill -- as for the Chandler...

      Just happen to have .....

      http://www.scribd.com/doc/26224320/C...g-Head-Catalog

      I've got one too -- I havent used it yet, sure is a cool boring head tho, someday I'm gonna fine a job to do with it!
      Thanks for the website to Chandler boring head. I'll copy and file for future uses which I'm sure I'll have. I have to tram the head on mill it looks to be out about .040. Plus I want to break it in like the instructions given by Grizzly.
      Thanks again Boot

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      • #4
        Maybe some help

        Here is a detailed, with pictures, prep guide for an X3 mill. I don't know how close this one is to yours but it might, at least, give you a few ideas.
        http://www.arceurotrade.co.uk/projec...on%20Guide.pdf

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        • #5
          Prep guide

          Originally posted by Dunc
          Here is a detailed, with pictures, prep guide for an X3 mill. I don't know how close this one is to yours but it might, at least, give you a few ideas.
          http://www.arceurotrade.co.uk/projec...on%20Guide.pdf
          I would never get it back together if I did all that. It does tell to run mill in low and high for ten minutes on low, medium and high. Which Grizzly recomends, but HF fails to have said to do it in it's instruction manual. I just got finished running it in this afternoon. I did discover my Chandler Duplex boring head has a MT#4 for spindle with tapped hole for drawbar. How can I use it in my R8 mill?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Boot
            I received my mini mill today. What a beauty. Came in crate FedX dropped on side. I guess they can't understand what the arrows on side mean up. No damage thank goodness. What a bargin paid $359.99 shipping brought it up to $395,
            I just checked HF website the price shows $559 for item 44991 two speed variable bench mill drill. How did you get the mill/drill for so much less?

            Thanks, Jim

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Dunc
              Here is a detailed, with pictures, prep guide for an X3 mill. I don't know how close this one is to yours but it might, at least, give you a few ideas.
              http://www.arceurotrade.co.uk/projec...on%20Guide.pdf

              Very nice instruction guide. Gotta love how much work you have to do to it out of the box.

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              • #8
                Mr. Pace or anyone else who can help:
                I have signed up for scribd. and paid the monthly fee but I cannot get the catalog you give the link to above to download so I can print it. I am frustrated and confused! Does anyone have advice, or can email me a copy of the manual? I have a model D.
                Thanks from a new member
                Regards Martin

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                • #9
                  I think the HF mini mill is the X2. but that was sure a good price. Here is a really good manual for it, it's the same mini mill I have. Mini Mill Manual

                  I have the MT3 spindle version, I have heard lots of complaints about the gears in the head crashing, but I have never had a problem in almost 6 years now
                  Last edited by Iraiam; 12-14-2015, 10:55 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by massey478 View Post
                    Mr. Pace or anyone else who can help:
                    I have signed up for scribd. and paid the monthly fee but I cannot get the catalog you give the link to above to download so I can print it. I am frustrated and confused! Does anyone have advice, or can email me a copy of the manual? I have a model D.
                    Thanks from a new member
                    Regards Martin
                    Hello Martin,

                    Since the booklet is only 12 pages, display each page in turn, right click on it and save the image.

                    Simple then just to print them out, but if you want to go to the the trouble you could assemble them back into a document with a word processing program then export as a .pdf file.

                    Cheers

                    .

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                    • #11
                      The chandler pdf is here ... https://www.sendspace.com/file/tmkakq

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                      • #12
                        Thank you, Barrington!
                        Regards Martin

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                        • #13
                          Thank you, MrSleepy!
                          I am good to go now.
                          Regards Martin

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