H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
- Feb 2, 2013
I have had a few 845's over the years and the main mill in my shop now is an 845. Its 2700 lbs with that gearbox power feed and it makes a bridgeport look like a barbie doll. You have a hell of a machine. If some one has not had the spindle reground to R-8 do yourself a favor and send the spindle to Index and have it done. Its well worth the $250 for the time and money you will save in tooling! Not to mention your bearings willtake less of a pounding from trying to knock the tooling out of the spindle. The B&S #9 really locks in tight and you have to donkey punch the drawbar to get the tooling out.
She's a heavyweight for sure!!
i'm glad i didn't get serious about finding a mill until a few months back.
i probably would have gotten a BP, not that anything is wrong with a BP...i'm just glad i held out for the INDEX.
this unit has the NMTB-30, a little better than the R8, you can't easily twist the NMTB30 because it has 2 locking dogs on the tool holder.
the toolholder gently comes out without a fuss, no more than a little shake of the drawbar. It's a real pleasure!!
thanks for reading and commenting!!