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    Got a new shop "tool"

    Bought this locally for a song. Now after I buy some tooling I can do some of my own machining.
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    Nice! DRO and everything.

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    Wow that'a a heck of a drill press! Nice pick up

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    I have resurfaced heads and cut squish on an old Bridgeport with basic cutters. But having a mill handy should allow me to do most of what I need to with a bit of practice.

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    Alright! Very nice!

    I'm in the process of installing a DRO on my Index mill this week (Santa brought it).

    Wish I had the power feeds, at least for the X-axis. My mill takes a special adaptor and it's $850 for it.

    I bored a Kawi 750 with mine once, and the engine is still running!

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    Steve, did you bore with a basic boring head? Saw the cheapies on Ebay for $90. Figured I'd practice on a couple ruined cylinders.

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    Nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Myself View Post
    Steve, did you bore with a basic boring head? Saw the cheapies on Ebay for $90. Figured I'd practice on a couple ruined cylinders.
    I've got a Criterion boring head that I used for that. I got a 1/2" plate big enough to mount the cylinders on and cut holes in it so I could bolt up the cylinders. I then clamped the plate to the mill table. One problem I had was that my quill travel was about 1/2" too short to bore the whole thing, so I bored as far as I could, then disengaged the quill feed and cranked the knee up manually. This meant that the bottom part of the bore had a different finish than the rest of it, but it was below the piston rings and didn't hurt anything.

    One thing that didn't go well was that my carbide tip chipped halfway through the last pass on one cylinder. (GRRRRR!!!) It left a mark, and I spent a lot of time honing it. I found that my power quill feed gave a coarser finish than I wanted, so I had to hone it a bunch anyway. With power feed on the knee, you'll probably have better luck than I had.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve45 View Post
    Alright! Very nice!

    I'm in the process of installing a DRO on my Index mill this week (Santa brought it).

    Wish I had the power feeds, at least for the X-axis. My mill takes a special adaptor and it's $850 for it.

    I bored a Kawi 750 with mine once, and the engine is still running!
    I bought a index 40 over the winter also, I am looking to do a DRO install on it soon. Any pics would be helpful. I was surprised how accurate it is. Probably the most accurate machine I have been on. I bought it from a gunsmith that had it for thirty years.

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    Nice! I have the usual mini mill, lathe and a small lathe. And a Van Norman 26. I am currently looking for a larger lathe.

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