Anybody heard of 'Webb' mills?

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Does anyone have any experience with Webb milling machines? I can't find any product reviews on-line. Any information would be appreciated.

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Yes , we had them in my first workplace . Ours were very heavy duty mills !
 

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Yes , we had them in my first workplace . Ours were very heavy duty mills !
Thanks.

How long ago was that and what do you recall their year models?

I have access to one at what appears to be a very good price. It looks good from the pix, but I haven't seen it yet. I'm trying to get a little more information from the owner, such as year model, accessories, etc. Do you have any idea where they're manufactured. I saw something on the internet that said Taiwan, but the older ones may have been manufactured in the US. I think I saw something on a 1987 machine that was manufactured here.

Can you recall any inherent problems with the ones you used? Any opinion on how they compare to Bridgeport?

Thanks for responding.
 

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Webb lathes were mad in Taiwan, and they had some clones. I worked on a Cadillac Lathe, one of their clones and it was the best lathe that I have ever ran.
 

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Webb mills (and lathes) are made by Topwell in Taiwan. My mill is the same as a Webb, just a different badge on it, Eagle. Has been a good machine, high quality. I think mine is about an '87 or so.
 

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We had a Webb lathe in our prototype shop . Had a 6" spindle bore ! I turned up many a big gun barrels in it . It was a very nice lathe that would pull a big chip ! I do remember that the carriage wheel and feed handles were reversed from any other lathe I've ever seen , so it took awhile to get used to that . Other than that , sweet machine .
 
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We had a Webb lathe in our prototype shop . Had a 6" spindle bore ! I turned up many a big gun barrels in it . It was a very nice lathe that would pull a big chip ! I do remember that the carriage wheel and feed handles were reversed from any other lathe I've ever seen , so it took awhile to get used to that . Other than that , sweet machine .
Thanks,

I think I'm going to look into this mill.

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Terry
 

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Webb lathes were mad in Taiwan, and they had some clones. I worked on a Cadillac Lathe, one of their clones and it was the best lathe that I have ever ran.
I was at a fellow Hobbiest' shop last month. He had a Cadillac Lathe.
VERY NICE LATHE!
 

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Thanks to all who replied. The good news: Seems to be unanimous that Webb's are VERY good mahcines. The bad news: I looked into this specific machine and, apparently, it's been rode hard and put up wet. Too many uncertainties, so I'll keep looking.

Thanks again for all the info.

Regards,
Terry
 
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