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    I have an oppurtunity to pick up a horizontal mill. It is a Cincinnati Bickford
    no.1 plain. Does anyone have any information on this mill ? Ballpark age ?


    I am a shade tree machinist ,, I have a 10x24 Majestic lathe (Jet knock-off), and a Rong Fu round column mill/drill. I use them for simple tasks,turn a bushing,mill a slot to make a hidden weld,etc. I am happy with what I have and it works for me.

    Is this horizontal mill something that would fit in to my "shade tree" setup ? What could I do with this that I can't do with my verticle mill/drill ?

    Thank You !
    Tom

  • #2
    Originally posted by 70 malibu
    What could I do with this that I can't do with my vertical mill/drill ?
    Slab milling comes to mind



    Gang milling is another task that a vertical mill might struggle with.



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    • #3
      The age of the mill is anyone's guess, but Cincinnati has not made any manual machines for quite some time. You may want to visit uklathes.com and order a manual for the machine. Or, search using Google and you may come up with an online PDF of the manual.

      One thing for sure, once you learn how to use the horizontal you will be able to take some serious cuts as compared to the Rong Fu.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Dr Stan
        One thing for sure, once you learn how to use the horizontal
        you will be able to take some serious cuts as compared to the Rong Fu.
        Albeit with a commensurate investment in a different style of
        cutters and tooling.

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        • #5
          I wasn't aware that Cincinnati Bickford made milling machines...only drilling machines come to mind when I hear the Bickford name.

          Do you have any photos?

          Mike

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          • #6
            I have a couple of pics ,,, I just emailed the man that has it to see if I can get some pics of the whole mill. I only have pics of the work surface and part of the knee ( I think that's the correct term for the verticle movement support under the work surface ).





            If I can get some more pics I will try to post them.


            Tom
            Last edited by 70 malibu; 09-24-2010, 11:46 PM.

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            • #7
              What kind of power does the vendor state that this mill requires?

              Also, how many speeds and what kind of speed change mechanism
              does it have?

              Originally posted by 70 malibu
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              • #8
                Looks like a hand miller from the pictures. There is no X lead screw,single "T" Slot (dates it to pre 1910 like my Fox #3-1/2 and B&S #1) and it looks like a lever would attach to the square shaft coming from the feed gear box. If you could get a picture of the left underside of the table it should show a rack.

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