Hello all. Just joined the forum. Iv been reading through the forums for a couple months though in intrest in building my own cnc router table. Anyway Im hoping someone here can help me decide if I should rescue this mill or not..
I went to the metal scrap yard today to get some SS sheet and while I was there I saw a mill that resembles this one:
But, the one I found does not have the mill head/motor attachment on it. Theres just a big shaft that has a round flange on the end of it where the motor/head would bolt to. The x and y tables seem to move freely. The handle that rotates the "main head" is broken so I couldn't check that one. There is alot of surface rust on the tables but no pitting that I could see. It looks like they can be cleaned or polished? maybe? The main base looks to be in far shape. The paint is flaking off and has minor rust. It was obviously repainted at one time because it has two shades of gray. Who ever had it updated it by adding cnc linear actuators. The wires are cut at the actuator and it doesn't have any of the computer parts.
I don't know much about these types of mills so it hard for me to know what all is missing or what it would take to restore it. Or even if its worth it? The door on the side of the base has a place for the model number however I could not get any numbers to show up because of rust and was scared to scrap it with metal because Im not sure if the number was etched or punched but I did get this us patent number off the door. U.S. patent 2275291.
Im a wood guy and build custom cabinets and furniture. Thats why I want a cnc router. Iv been l trying to find an antique machine to restore for a couple years but their hard to find. Of course Iv been looking for wood machinery but a metal mill could come in handy in the shop too.
So heres the price. The scrap yard wants .25 cents a pound. Iv been looking online and it seems to be about 2200 lbs complete. Im guessing the head weighs 200-300 lbs?
Is it worth 500 dollars?
What should I expect to spend for restore?
Is there anything that this machine could do to help me in my furniture business as far as milling wood?
Or should it be kept as a metal mill?
As a side note. When I search online for a machine that looks like this one I seem to find a big spread in price from 1,500 to 9,500. Why? Just because they look the same is it posible they arn't the same. Another words how can I make sure Im comparing apples to apples?
Any advice, comments, questions are very welcome. Thanks for any help you can provide.