I have recently purchased a Centec 2B with a Mk. III quill head to complement my Myford ML7. While I am still building my first engine and it may be a little eager of me, the price was too good to turn down to 'future proof' myself. I realise now, that there may be some items in my workshop I'd used to mill and drill before which may now be superfluous, i.e. :-
Fixed vertical slide
Compound vertical slide
2" machine vice for the above
MT2 Drill pad x2
3/8" 'Progress' Drill press
Before I move these on to a better home, could I please get a sanity check that these are essentially no longer required? I can't think of anything I'd use them for with a horizontal/vertical mill in my possession but I am just a rank amateur!
I can't remember the last time that I used the drill press so I find it a waste of space really. I do all my drilling on the mill. I've also got a small X1 mill that is used mainly as a sensitive drill and rarely as a mill. I presume that your new mill has a vertical quill?
I've also got a fixed and a swivelling vertical slide for the ML7 and haven't used those for years. They are just gathering dust. The Myford 2" vice is still used as it comes in handy sometimes when you need a small vice.
I had a Centec 2A. and there wasn't much room left once you had a chuck, drill bit, vice in the gap. Yours may be bigger, but you might like to check you can get everything you want to fit, before you get rid of the drill press.
I haven't used my vertical slide since I bought a small milling machine and now that I have a large milling machine as well I don't use the pillar drill. The drill has already been sold and I really should clean up the vertical slide and move that on too. Ian
I guess it depends on whether you have the room to keep them? I use my pillar drill as often as I use my mill, it is just easier when drilling holes that don't need to be set out as accurately. I propose to use a vertical slide with a motorized milling spindle on the lathe for drilling axial holes off Centre or multiples on a PCD in a part still in the lathe chuck for further operations. Also useful if you need to mill a slot or flutes in a turned piece whilst not disturbing the set up in the lathe. Of course all this can be done by transferring work from one machine to another but only easy if held in a transferrable chuck which is not easy with my machines.
Like most things sold you only need them after they have gone.
That's my personal view anyway.
Member of Southampton Society and Fareham Society. Running a Super Simplex, commissioned a new build B1, A3 and Pansy yet to be rebuilt.
I have one of our 9 lathes set up for cutting slots with the vertical slide. I couldn't resist a Progress for the bigger hole drilling when it came up for sale. We have a medium speed far Eastern pillar drill and the Dore Westbury on permanent drilling over the past 3 years since the big WM18 mill arrived. The Dore was set up to drill and tap 7/16" X 26 TPI using a 10 mm drill in a bronze casting Thursday. It normally sits drilling 1/16" holes all day. It comes down to setting up machines, time for doing, and space for activities. I usually do pilot holes on one and go for the Dore on something bigger.
David and Lily.
Builder of far too many projects, but I love them all. The more Locomotives you have building, the more solutions to other Projects Problems get Solved. Reworking Simplex into a Fowler Complex. Making a Jinty more to scale. And going up a size in the shape of a Jessie.
I dont have a pillar drill, only a mill, and the nunber of times I wanted to drill a hole to assist with the current mill setup makes me think I need to get one! I usually resort to a hand held battery drill which is shoddy workmanship at best on my part, but as far as I am concerned , if you have the space the more tools the merrier!