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  1. CarbonArc

    Just picked up a horizontal Mill, what kind is it?

    That looks like a Rockford horizontal mill to me. Look them up on lathes.co.uk
  2. CarbonArc

    Oxy-Acetylene Torches for Sale or Trade

    Yep, that and more https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12H2A7YZvWyeZv7wBUqG6dg0-5RHGiya8qtZ5rmMF6ls/edit?usp=drivesdk
  3. CarbonArc

    Help With Shaper Repair

    I only welded the galled areas. This left a few inches of untouched way on each end of the ram. My idea was to indicate off of those areas and the other way to make sure the cut is straight.
  4. CarbonArc

    Help With Shaper Repair

    I am looking for someone with a planer or large shaper that could resurface the ways of my Havir 8 inch shaper ram. The length of the ways is about 20". The ram had extreme scoring (~1/16") across nearly the entire way pictured. I built it back up with RCI-b, so it is soft & homogenous...
  5. CarbonArc

    Carbon Steel Cutting Tools

    The tooling with the 16 inch shaper for sale (here:https://www.practicalmachinist.com/forum/threads/antique-16-metal-shaper-for-sale.415780/#post-4105175) looks like it may be forged, and the machine seems to be of the right vintage. If anyone here winds up buying it, it would be interesting to...
  6. CarbonArc

    Antique 16" Metal Shaper For Sale

    Lovely machine, if only I could find a good deal on shipping to california. All the good machines seem to be in the rust belt, wonder why...
  7. CarbonArc

    Carbon Steel Cutting Tools

    Indeed. I've got a lot of books for 5$, and then paid 10$ for shipping. For the knowledge, it's still a good deal I think.
  8. CarbonArc

    Carbon Steel Cutting Tools

    On a similar note, does anyone know how carbon steel and hss slab milling cutters were produced? I can imagine they were turned on a lathe or planer, but I can't find any actual info on their manufacture on google.
  9. CarbonArc

    Carbon Steel Cutting Tools

    I've read that, for shaper and planer work, high carbon tools will give a better surface finish than hss. I intend to test that out someday. In my older books, they mention 'emery wheels', are these the same as sandstone wheels? I had assumed they were emery paper pasted to a metal wheel for...
  10. CarbonArc

    Carbon Steel Cutting Tools

    Animal, stellite and other 'cast alloy' cutters should be non-magnetic. Easy way to check. Another interesting bit mentioned in a very old (1875 or so) planer manual I read, listed using white cast iron as a cutting tool. I'm trying to find that manual now and grab some more info from it.
  11. CarbonArc

    Carbon Steel Cutting Tools

    I have a 1907 copy of "Hardening, Tempering, Forging, and Annealing of Steel" by Woodworth. It is intended for toolmakers and makes mention of self hardening (i.e. air hardening) tool steels. So apparently they had air hardening tool steels fairly early.
  12. CarbonArc

    Carbon Steel Cutting Tools

    So then the old carbon steel tools would be the equivalent of W, O, and perhaps A & D as well?
  13. CarbonArc

    Carbon Steel Cutting Tools

    In the days of yore, there was no HSS; all cutting tools were of forged and quenched carbon steel.... Or so I'm told. Does anyone here make and use their own carbon steel cutting tools? In a couple of my old planer & shaper manuals, there are data tables for carbon steel cutters. They seemed...
  14. CarbonArc

    Small Horizontal Mills

    A quick Google says the Abene VHF3 is ~2900, and bridgeports usually around ~2200. Not a humongous difference. For all the Bridgeport fans in this thread, you can rest easy knowing that I also plan to get one at an upcoming local auction.
  15. CarbonArc

    Small Horizontal Mills

    TheOldCar - I think that mill is a little too small for me, but I will keep it in mind, thank you. Knowing now that the Abene mill spindle pivots like that, perhaps I will call about the one in the craigslist ad posted earlier. The trick will probably be finding a way to ship it from there to...
  16. CarbonArc

    Small Horizontal Mills

    I did not realize that's how the heads on the Abenes worked! I thought it was a separate bolt on affair, thank you.
  17. CarbonArc

    Small Horizontal Mills

    The lack of vertical head scared me away from that one.
  18. CarbonArc

    Small Horizontal Mills

    Perhaps small was the wrong word to use. When I think of horizontal mills I think of some gargantuan horizontal boring mill that weighs 20 tons. I want something more or less Bridgeport sized. I am in Northern California
  19. CarbonArc

    Small Horizontal Mills

    I will look into the Rockwell's as well. I looked at one a year ago, but it was beat to hell. From what I have read & seen, I think I would love a Van Norman mill, but if a Nichols or Abene popped up in good shape with tooling I wouldn't balk. Out here in Northern California & Southern Oregon...
  20. CarbonArc

    Small Horizontal Mills

    I have heard good things about the Hardinges, but the word seems to be out on them and they really go for a premium (when I have seen them for sale). The P&W looks like a nice machine, but I want to avoid mill ables with only one slot. The Deckel on the other hand, I will add to my list...
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