Abene Milling Machines VHF-2B & VHF-3
VHF-3 Older Model VHF-3 Newer Model Abene Photographs
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Abene millers were of very high quality and made by AB E.N. Eklunds, Mekaniska Verkstad, Stockholm 15, Sweden. The range of machines produced by the company appears to have been limited to just two models: the VHF-2B, introduced in 1942, and the VHF-3 of 1956. Both were of the "Combined Vertical-Horizontal" type and of an unusual design in which the top of the main column was arranged to form a long, angled slideway up and down which the combined horizontal and vertical milling head could be wound; the base of the milling head contained a second motor to drive the table power and quick-return feeds - where fitted to all three axes. The designer could well have first looked at an American Van Norman miller before positioning his T-square.
Both early models, made until the early 1970s, had No. 4 Morse taper spindles made from hardened and tempered chromium-nickel steel which ran in adjustable, precision tapered-roller bearings made by SKF; later versions switched to the stronger and better supported 40 INT fitting.