Atlas horizontal Mill

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  1. Earl

    Earl Active Members Supporter Active Member

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    Just wondering if anyone else here has an Atlas Horizontal Mill? I recently acquired an Atlas MHC. It was completely restored a few years ago and has seen almost no use since then. It looks almost new. It has an original vise (3 1/8 inch) and a significant number of cutters, a few end mills, end mill holders, 2 arbors, over arm support, knock out bar, a large assortment of clamps, etc. I plan on acquiring an original Atlas rotary table (4 inch I believe), indexer, a small chuck (1 x 10 thread) and any other original parts that I can find. This will probably take a few years to find all the stuff. In the mean time, I am wondering what accessories that other Atlas Mill owners are using.

    I have a small dividing head (Enco) that will just barely fit on the small table and intend to use that to cut some small (1-2 inch) gears. An original Atlas indexer will probably cost more than the mill but I would like to complete the setup.

    Earl
     
  2. jumps4

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    they are a nice small machines that would fit very well in my little shop, I have never used one or even been around one being used. but they do interest me.
    post some pics if you can
    steve
     
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    you know what we say here . " With out pics it never happend "
     
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    This is my Atlas Horizontal Mill. I haven't used it much and would like comments about the strengths of the small horizontal mill. I also own a Bridgeport J1 that I am rebuilding.

    Jim
     
  5. ed_h

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    You can just see my Atlas at the left in this pic. I got it maybe 15 years ago at a highschool surplus auction. I rebuilt it at that time, and have been using it occasionally ever since. Not for heavy stuff, but a pretty useful machine.

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  6. Phil Morris

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    Nice looking mill Ed and I am crazy about that stand under yours Modela.
     
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    Phil,

    The stand looks like an original Atlas stand for one of the short bed lathes, maybe a 24".

    Robert
     
  8. Phil Morris

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    Hi Robert -

    Yes. Standard issue Atlas. I just really like the way they look. I saw one for sale somehere online earlier this week that said it had been under an Atlas shaper. I don't recall the specifics as it was too expensive and too far.

    Phil
     
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    The stand under the South Bend 10K ("Light 10") came with it when I bought it from the local University machine shop. I assume it was original, since I've seen many pictures of older South Bends with identical or similar stands.

    Ed
     
  10. AR1911

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    That stand was a stock catalog item for use with the shaper, mill or 618 lathe.

    Here is one under my shaper
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    I just finished the rebuild on mine that I acquired 4 weeks ago. It came with the original vise, small rotary table and what I think is the original tiny indexer and 4 plates. Lots of end mills and cutters for the horizontal but I did buy a 1" arbor since 90% of my cutters had a 1" bore. It also has a unique vertical head that is a dream to use. Just some wiring issues to work out then the chips will fly!
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  12. Phil Morris

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    Hi Gramps -

    Beautiful restoration job on that mill! You may already be aware but if you are thinking of wiring the switch in the original location, Clausing still sells the switch plates inexpensively.

    Phil
     
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    Thanks for the compliment Phil. I have a new switch and plate but I am planning on using the original location and screw holes to mount an electrical box with a combination receptacle and switch so I can plug in the vertical head when using it or the light which isn't mounted in the photos. I'm still toying with what I want so currently extension cords provide power!! This is a nice little machine for the hobbyist and with the vertical spindle I have quite a bit of flexibility.
     
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    I have not seen the verticle setup before. I wish I could find one for mine. When I got mine someone
    made a 90 deg aluminum geared setup that mounts on the support post and drives from the horizontal
    spindle. I don't think it has enough mass as it don't work very well. It will chatter with even a small
    2 flute end mill. I can just get by with a small 4 flute. I am new here and need to get a camera. I have
    some interisting stuff to share.

    Rick
     
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    The elderly man that owned this was a toolmaker and made all the mounting hardware, pulleys etc. I have no idea where the spindle came from but it has an old Clarkson Autolock Type "C" collet for end mill holding. There is even a power feed setup for the vertical spindle which I didn't install because I never plan to use it. The potential to wreck some very hard to find Atlas mill parts is too great. I can do a lot of hand cranking rather that smashing things up! The nice thing about this unit is it has its own motor so I'm not wearing out the Atlas drive system when vertical milling which in my opinion is a big plus compared to many other units.
     
  16. Uncle Buck

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    I have been there done that too. Here is my Atlas that I restored a few years ago. I still have a few small tweaks to make here and there, but overall I am quite pleased. The vertical attachment takes #2 Morse taper collets. I do enjoy the machine quite a bit and have never regretted buying it. I also have all the horizontal stuff to use it configured that way as well. I really admire that other vertical conversion a few posts back, much more clever than mine. That one has so much more clearance to actually get some work done. I might have to make some modifications to mine based on that!

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    Great looking machines!
     
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    if that were anywhere close
    I'd be in the truck already
     
  20. gramps1951

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    Somebody needs to snap this up ASAP. Worth EVERY penny.

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