Workshop

Moving a Bridgeport Mill

As always, I’m looking to add tools to the shop, and recently acquired a Bridgeport Mill.

In this post, I’ll share a few pictures of how I moved the Mill to my shop.

To lower the center of gravity of the top-heavy machine, the knee was lowered all the way down and the head turned upside down. Once loaded on the trailer, it got a generous treatment with a roll of shrink-wrap. This will help keep the road dirt and grime off the machine.
A set of chains around the bottom of the column was used to secure the machine on the trailer. In addition to the chains, I used ratchet straps over the top of the machine. I made sure none of the chains and straps are putting any load on the lead screw or ways. This secured the machine very well for the trip home.

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To offload the machine off the trailer, I got help from my friend with his skid steer loader.
Bridgeport style machines can be easily lifted with the forks under the ram. First, we grabbed it from the side to get it off the trailer.

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A second setting from the front of the mill, with a couple of 4×4’s across the forks, to move the machine into the shop.

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…and the machine in its place in the shop, next to the Maho mill.

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I hope this helps some of you, who are looking into moving a Bridgeport type mill or any other machinery to your own workshop.

If you have any questions about my workshop or any of the projects, please leave a comment below, or email me at yogisworkshop(at)yahoo.com

For other projects, please check out the projects page in the top menu.

Yogi

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Harrison 10-AA Lathe

This is the story of how I ended up owning a Harrison 10-AA Lathe.

I purchased the machine trough an eBay auction. The listing was what I would call very poor, with a grainy, dark picture and no real description as of the condition of the machine. With that, the interest for the machine was rather small. It was also a big risk, as the condition could not be determined by the pictures in the listing. With the machine being in Connecticut, I wasn’t interested in driving all the way there to have a look and inspect the machine either. So I decided to roll the dice, and risk some money, knowing very well, that I might be buying a heap of rust and crud. But if the price is right, I felt it’s worth the gamble.

After the auction ended, I was a proud owner of Harrison lathe for the price of $600.-

When I arrived at the sellers shop to pick up the machine, and walk up to it, I felt my heart sink. What have I done? This looks awful!

Then, I started to look at the machine a bit closer. It was filthy! Covered in thick layer of crud, but hardly any rust. Well, there might be a lathe underneath after all.

This is a picture of the lathe, still on the trailer as I got it home:

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I spent the next few weeks scrubbing and cleaning. I disassembled some of the bigger parts to gain access.

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There was a lathe under all that crud after all.

The lathe put back together:

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I fabricated a splash guard, as the original one was missing. An Aloris BXA size quick change tool post was also mounted.

The lathe in its final position, ready to do work.

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I feel very lucky to have scored a very nice lathe for very little money.

For more information and the history of these lathes, see: www.lathes.co.uk/chipmaster/

 

Thank you very much for visiting the shop.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Yogi

 

Moving a Maho Mill

Moving heavy machinery can be a very daunting task. The easy way would be to hire a rigger and have him move the machine for you. Obviously, such a service comes with a hefty price tag. The cost of having a rigger move a machine, would probably cost more than than the machine itself.  After all, it is a hobby and the budget is limited. The alternative is moving the machine myself. I still needed some help, put that was at a fraction of the cost of a rigger.

I bought the mill from a fellow in Michigan. He had the machine on a couple of 4×4’s and was moving it in his shop with a pallet jack. The Maho mill has a hole in the column and can be lifted overhead using a bar through the hole in the column. To load the machine onto my trailer, he called a tow truck with a boom. The tow truck was backed up to the door to his shop and the machine hooked on. The tow truck had no problem lifting the machine, and pulled out to the parking lot where I backed my trailer under the machine and it was lowered on to the trailer.

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To unload the mill, I had a friend come over with his skid steed loader. Again, we used a bar through the column and a couple of straps to lift it off the trailer and move it into the shop. The skid steer lifted the machine, but we where getting to its limits of lifting capacity.

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As for the cost of the move: The tow truck charged $200.- to come out and load the machine. I negotiated the loading into the price of the machine, and the seller was covering the cost. To unload, I was fortunate to have a friend to help me out, so the cost was a case of beer. The other cost for the move was the fuel for me to drive to Michigan, and I didn’t keep a tab on that.

Thank you for visiting my shop.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Yogi

 

 

Workshop

Welcome to the shop.

As the title of this blog is Yogi’s Workshop, I felt it would be of interest to show the shop and some of the equipment. I’m still in the process of tooling up, and will be adding more machines and tools to the shop, as the opportunity will present itself.

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The Maho MH500W4 mill is the one and only mill in my shop at this time (not counting the Linley Jig Borer in the background).

The mill was made 1988 in Germany, and has a Phillips 432 controller, using standard G-code to program.

The custom enclosure was made by the previous owner, using 80/20 extrusions. It works quite well containing the mess.

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The lathe is a Harrison Model 10-AA

This lathe was made by Colchester in the UK, and re-badged by Harrison for the U.S. market.

To get the complete story and all the details see http://www.lathes.co.uk/chipmaster.

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I will be going into more detail about each machine in a separate post, and will be posting about any future acquisitions coming to the shop.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Yogi