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Milling Machine Restoration, Overhaul and Base Build

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So I got a really good deal on this milling machine (including a rotary table). It's a round column mill very similar to the Rong-Fu RF-30. Probably around 20 years old. These old round column mills have some downsides but you can get them relatively cheap and they're real workhorses. They are sold by a bunch of different brands, like Grizzly but there are many used ones on the market. They're very sturdy and bigger than most people imagine. But for a small shop, they take up a lot less space than a Bridgeport or similar mill.
The mill wasn't in great shape so I decided to do a complete overhaul with the help of a friend. We took everything apart down to the last screw, replaced some things, cleaned and lubed everything and I also decided to give it a new paintjob and add a frequency drive so that there's no need for changing drive belts for different speeds.
I also built a sturdy base with some drawers for it. Welding together square tubing is getting really boring for me too, but this is hopefully the last piece of shop furniture I have to make for a while.
I'm very happy with the result, the mill is nice and heavy (about 400kgs) and has a decent amount of power for nowhere near the price I would have paid for a new mill of comparable size and weight. I will probably make more modifications to it in the future.
If you have any questions about this kind of mill, leave a comment!
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Christopher Smith • 2 дня назад
I bought one of these new from Warco machine tools in the UK about 20 years ago, loved it.
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bluevabank • 7 дней назад
what brand is it ?
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Richard Pickard-Cambridge • 14 дней назад
I am busy doing the same with mine, but Damn.... I cannot get the spindle pulley off.
Not knowing how it goes on is a problem. How did you release yours?
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Vince Iudica • 15 дней назад
I have the same milling machine as you and about to restore it would like to know what is that creamy colour called that use had used.. thank
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Ryan Lockwood • 17 дней назад
10:11 oops lol
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Bobby Stanley • 23 дня назад
Awesome!!!
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Bobby Stanley • 23 дня назад
Can I ask what kind of price did you get it for?
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Spartaeus • 23 дня назад
Much better than what it was. I had one of those mills. Only thing i didnt like was that they're top heavy. They really need weights on the bottom to help keep it from tipping over.
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sideways action • 25 дней назад
Brilliant job but why the hell didn't you build a coolant tray on top of the stand???
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Nathaniel Schwab • 26 дней назад
What VFD and motor did you use?
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Burton's Attic • 1 месяц назад
Nice job! Like the VFD, DRO and any paint that's not ugly industrial green!
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sir robert • 1 месяц назад
a lil work
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Lunder Tied • 1 месяц назад
Great video, great work, great music! Chapeau!
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ابو محمد الكناني • 1 месяц назад
Wow good
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DarkKiller565 • 1 месяц назад
новый станок разворотили вандалы только ради того что бы почувствовать себя "рестовраторами" . да там даже износ минимальный
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Will Skubi • 1 месяц назад
For once I don't see any complaints about the music....
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Piotr Kedzior • 1 месяц назад
Restored whoth??
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Active Atom • 1 месяц назад
Great work, your color choices and the details of tending to refurbish bearings even the paint removal was nice to watch. Nice scales addition, once we added them to our lathe we could never look back. Love the hand welded work table for the mill, never enough drawers for storage.
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JOHN THOMAS • 1 месяц назад
Good cleanup. Consider DRO on X and Y axes. See utube. examples, they do work.
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Phil Vandelay • 1 месяц назад
Yes I'm planning to add DRO to both the Lathe and the Mill but I will probably get a different mill before I do that
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Industrial Waste-Man • 1 месяц назад
Does anyone know if it would be possible to mill more out of the base to give you more Y travel? 6:43
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Phil Vandelay • 1 месяц назад
I think it might be possible, I've seen people do that on similar mills. Can't say I've run out of travel so far though
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