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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe DAmico View Post
    I have a Gorton Mastermill I-22, it has a nmtb 40 taper and has the Gorton quick change set with it. Heafty machine for the foot print. it is for sale if there is any interest.
    thank you
    Joe
    Send me some pictures and info to [email protected]. God Bless

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    I am replacing my 1960 BP with 1970 Gorton 1-22 Mastermill.
    I like the BP but my work load is to heavy for it. The Gorton will
    take a bit more weight. My Gorton has a 40NMTB the same as
    the universal vertical head for my K&T #2 Model K. My tooling will
    be interchangeable now. That's nice.

    Take care all;

    Michael S. Fox

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    We have a Gorton 016-A uni-mill high rpm small mill.
    Moved it out recently for a near mint Deckel FP-2, needed the feeds
    and swivel head / table. The Gorton has been loaned to
    our neighbour on a long term basis, so we can still use it.
    We have a panto. model P1-2 in great shape with table reground.
    Will refinish the paint this coming summer and post up pics
    then. It is a joy to use and we have a couple spare spindles for it.
    Love their simplicity and quality of build.

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    Default 3-48 vertical and 2-30

    The first heavy mill that I had was a 3-48 vertical that had a 6 inch riser on top with a 9J head with an R-8 spindle. I think the trunnion that swiveled the head weighed as much as a Bridgeport head and so did the Louis Allis 2 speed motor that drove it.

    I had a 2-30 Mastermill that had the DC variable speed feed on the table and that was a fine machine as well and a local guy has that one in his garage now and loves it.

    I talked to a guy at FAMCO when I bought the manual for the 3-48 and he said his dad was a scraper hand at Gorton and he got into trouble for rescraping Bridgeports on the side. His boss was mad that he was improving a competitors product beyond its original condition and told him to knock it off.

    Doug

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    Quote Originally Posted by usmachine View Post
    I talked to a guy at FAMCO when I bought the manual for the 3-48 and he said his dad was a scraper hand at Gorton and he got into trouble for rescraping Bridgeports on the side. His boss was mad that he was improving a competitors product beyond its original condition and told him to knock it off.

    Doug
    LOVE to hear stories like this!

    Ken S.

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    Here is mine. Hopefully I will get it cleaned up and running soon.



    [IMG]http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d174/pkuziel/Lathe/Gorton2.jpg[/IMG


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    Default Gorton Mills

    Here’s my ten cents on the Gorton machines. There were a number of tapers available over the years, the Gorton taper, 30, 40, b&s 9 and 10, and even a few R8 setups. There have also been a few people that have had good success having the spindle cut from #9 to R8 but it does weaken the spindle a bit. When I bought my first master mill I wasn't that familiar with the various tapers and took the sellers word for it that I would have no trouble getting tooling for it. Turns out he was right, after a little searching I was able to find quite a bit of tooling but at a pretty penny compared to R8 tooling. But seriously how much tapered tooling do you really need? A full set of collets and a full set of end mill holders and the rest could be straight shank if needed. Although I have been able to find quite a bit of specialized tooling used here and there. You can also get very high quality boring head spindles ( criterion brand ) in b&s tapers from Travers tool co. But a great source for b&s collets ( not U.S. made but still good ) is ( Cheep tools ) Still even after wanting a Bridgeport since I was about 12 years old, I would never trade my Gorton, very well built machines.

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    My next queston is, H in the hell do you remove the spindle on the damn thing? I dont want to ham hand it and screw it all up. Any Ideas?

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    PKuziel,

    I'm no expert on the Gorton pantograph's, but the spindle assembly I believe drops out as a cartridge. The spindle has the Gorton proprietary spindle taper and far as i know, there's no room to change to a R-8 taper or anything else. Plus the spindle assembly has class 7 bearings and is high speed balanced to the piont I wouldn't want to take it apart.

    4gsr

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    Default Intersting Gorton 0 16A

    FYI
    I have one for sale on PM machinery for sale.
    mac

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    Love my little Gorton O-16A Unimill. It has the perfect footprint for my home shop, and plenty of versatility. It uses the proprietary Gorton collets and I was lucky to get a full set with the machine.

    Mac that's a great looking O-16A! Nice job on the retrofit, and the riser base is nice too.

    Bob




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    Hi Bob,
    Thanks for the kind words, I look to be about your size so i came up with the base.
    That mill along with some of there other short ones were used from a chair.
    I was ounce at a shop in Wisconsin that did engraving not to many years ago . They had a 1/2 dozen in the shop and folks setting at a chair there head against the quill with a little pillow and doing 2 dimensional engraving freehand using 3 axis at the same time x and y with right and left hand and footpedal for quill.
    They are much more than an engraver though.
    mac,,,

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    Nope your not the only Gorton fan!

    I've got a Gorton universal 3-48 mill, apparently it's pretty rare. It's a monster for sure (or at least as a hobby machine) but it works pretty good, lots of tooling, and it looks cool.

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    I am a proud owner of two P1-2's, one with the vernier scales, a P1-3 which is like new, although it dont seem to have the range of the P1-2's, then Ihave a P2-3 that is immaculate....and I have not ever used due to missing collets and nuts. recently got 8 collets and 10 nuts....but not the chance to use them yet.

    I had the chance to buy a gorton mastermill....headstock noise scared me away

    thats my story

    Mick

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    here's a pic of my Gorton 3-48 monster
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    Even in the Netherlands we have Gorton fans.
    This Gorton was delivered (early 50's?)to the Philips-Eindhoven, and came in 1967 in our factory, and is still in use!

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    Hopefully the pic works..
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    Hoff-Hilk Auction Services
    Gorton auction at HoffHilk, MN
    Nice 8 1/2 D mill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurentian View Post
    Hoff-Hilk Auction Services
    Gorton auction at HoffHilk, MN
    Nice 8 1/2 D mill
    I've been looking at that one, I'm a total newbie, I've built a CNC router, and that's my only real experience with anything related to machining. This looks like it would be a great addition to the maker space I belong to, and I was wondering:

    • How much would this mill weigh. I'm guessing more than a ton?
    • Could it be run on this kind of static 3 phase converter? ( The building has 3 phase, but it's not available in the part we are sub-leasing at the moment )
    • How does the tracer attachment work, We have a copying router setup, but I'm guessing it's a little different with a mill, does the mill have power feeds on all axises?
    • Anyone done a Gorton CNC conversion, if so any thoughts?


    Thanks, I've been using PM to get background on machines I see from time to time, great information on my latest obsession. I'm already looking at a pair of Haas OM-1's in the next auction, but assuming that's a much more expensive step.

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    The MN one went for $350 BTW.

    Pete


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