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10″x50″ Vertical Milling Machine Restoration Part: 1 Unloading :Shop Projects

We received a new 10″ x 50″ milling machine for our shop. It was part of a scratch and dent sale from Grizzly. The mill is a G4029 made in Taiwan. It had a bunch of scratches and dings, plus it was missing a few parts. The variable speed head had parts missing all over it. Something had slammed into the front of the machine damaging the Y-axis lead screw and the bearing bracket. We have a lot of the tools and parts so we are going to be able to fix it up for the price, and make it worth it.

We need a large mill in our shop with a lot of travel to finish some of the CNC machines we are working on, plus make other jigs we need in our shop. We will eventually get this bear of machine up and running with a 3HP variable speed drive head with a VFD from ACER, and add some glass scales with a DRO (Digital Read Out).

Now we are moving it inside. We had them take the arm and head off at Grizzly to make it easier to move, plus they needed a lot of work anyways. We aren’t going to use the original head, and we are going to re-putty and paint the milling machine gray.

We used our aluminum moving truck ramp off our loading dock to help. We were able to find a cart to put the body of the machine on, and to help us up the ramp we used a wench.

It took us a while to get the machine base onto the cart. We also had to brace up the ramp, because it was beginning to bend. I don’t have any picture of the milling machine on the ramp, because we were kind of busy at the time, if you know what I mean.

Stayed tuned. We will be continuing this project. We hope to have this mill up and running by the end of this year.
Do you have a similar project that you would like to share with us or our readers. Feel free to email us or comment below, and we can feature it on our Ozark Shop Talk.

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Machine ID’d: 1931 South Bend 9″ Metal Lathe

Received these pictures of an old bench top South Bend 9″ metal lathe with a quick change gearbox and vertical drive system. It has serial number 50293 stamp on the tailstock end of the bed.

 

 

 

 

 

We have two different manuals that cover this machine and were able to assist this reader. Quality manuals for this older lathe can be difficult to find.

 

We have a parts manual here:

 

 

 

The parts manuals for all the South Bend lathes, besides the geared head lathes made in the 70’s, combine a large selection of lathes that they manufacturer at one time in one book. Since South Bend offered so many different options and combinations it was easier for them to combine them and let the operator decide what parts pertain to his model in the manual.

 

The operator’s manual for this vintage of lathe would be contained in the book we have here:

 

 

 

Like the parts manual, South Bend combined a lot of information in the book that covered a variety of styles and models they made at the time. It is important to find the correct version of How to Run a Lathe so it shows you how to set up the correct style of gearbox and other settings. This older version of How to Run a Lathe has been enlarged making it easier to read while still allowing everything to be crisp and clear. We are able to achieve this, because of the high resolution scans we do of all our manual reproductions.

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Machine ID’d: Thompson F Series Surface Grinder

We received an email with these pictures of a Thompson F Series Surface Grinder. We were able to match his surface grinder  to the operator’s and parts manual we have here:

We believe in the late 70’s or early 80’s, Waterbury Farrel bought Thompson.

In the mid 80’s Textron bought Waterbury Farrel and put into the Jones & Lampson group
In the late 80’s Textron sold all of their machine tool assets to Goldman Industrial Group Included were Bryant Grinder, Bridgeport, Jones & Lampson, J&L Metrology and Fellows.
In 2002, Goldman filed for bankruptcy and everything was sold off.
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