I purchased a j head mill from saratoga county boces last week. Got it home and did some light cleaning on the table. Tossed all the 3 phase magnetic starter and switch stuff. Going to go vfd.
My mill came with older Acu-rite glass scales for the x and y axis, but no console. My question is, are these scales still good, and should i look on the used market for an older Acu-rite comsole to match up my scales with? I’d like to do this on a budget. The table is 9x32 and other than kids beating up the table, it seems the machinist/teacher took good care of the machine. Ways are gleaming with not much wear. The machine seems adjusted appropriately, the x axis has 5 tho backlash in the center of the table, and about 4 on each end of the table, and the y has 12 tho of backlash in the middle of the table, and 11 tho furthest in, and out. Seems,the tables ways arent worn much at all. It has a bijur l5r oiler installed. The machine came with some collets an original drawbar wrench, and a jacobs keyless chuck from 0-1/2’.
As far as the table is concerned, i’ll lightly stone it for now, but i do want to get it resurfaced, with what ever else is required to go along with that procedure.
I’m a restoration nut, and am in the middle of a 13’’ southbend lathe restoration. Another machine i got from an eastern ct vocational school. My SB was #28. It also saw little work, andmother than a couple chuck strikes on the compound rest, the machine is in great shape. Ways are gleaming.
Anyway, back to the mill. Once the southbend is done, i’ll do a 100% tear down and restore of the mill. For now, to get it running and to see what kind of machine i,have, i’ll wire up a vfd and see how,things sound and work.
So, is there a chance these old scales work? If so, should i try and find an older acu-rite console to match up with the scales and cross my fingers and hope for the best?