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Old 12-11-2017, 06:58:54 AM
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Picked up this Abene mill awhile ago and considering giving it run, quite a curious machine with angled sliding way for the combined vertical horizontal head, 40 int and has a DRO, anyone used one and opinions? seems in reasonable condition under the grime!
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That is a marvelous lump of iron and it has to have some amazing rigidity with all that mass.
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Looks like a versatile machine. The table size is a bit limiting. What tooling comes with it. Its got a boring head mounted and a rotary table in the background. Getting the mill is the cheap part. Getting a good range of tooling is what costs the money.
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Ray, a fair amount of tooling came with this one, boring heads, vices, arbors, sleeves, clamps, cutters of all types but you can never have to much tooling but then again there's always something you need that you don't have, or I had it and misplaced it, and then found later when looking for something else! ......... interesting design that it goes from vertical to horizontal without removing anything other than moving the arbor support to the front, as you say versatile.

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Very neat machine. I've never seen one quite like that.
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Ray, a fair amount of tooling came with this one, boring heads, vices, arbors, sleeves, clamps, cutters of all types but you can never have to much tooling but then again there's always something you need that you don't have, or I had it and misplaced it, and then found later when looking for something else! ......... interesting design that it goes from vertical to horizontal without removing anything other than moving the arbor support to the front, as you say versatile.
I have a couple of good lathes and they don't cost a lot for tooling after the initial set up. I have a larger size mill and I never stop buying tooling for it. By the time you have a couple of large and small rotary tables,a couple of dividing heads and all the different boring setups,tapping chucks etc you have as much invested in tooling as what the mill is worth.
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Very nice toy fella!
I would have to take a photo of someone else's workshop to show one as clean and tidy as yours. Mine looks like it's been the target as a sh#t throwing contest at the moment.
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Default Re: Abene Milling Machines

Tim ,I would venture to say that that company would have been around in the 1930's and the machinist would have dressed as shown in the attached image.
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