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Bond's Horizontal
Milling Machine

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A very similar machine to at least one of those offered by fellow tool and machinery dealers Pools of Nottingham, the Bonds horizontal miller would have been subcontracted to one or more of the many small engineering companies in the area to the north and east of Derby. A simple, 108 lb device intended for use by model engineers, it was designed to sit on the front edge of a work bench so that the vertical feed screw for the knee did not have to pass downwards though the bench top. Even so, it was still necessary to make a small cut in the edge of the bench to accommodate a stiffening rib on the back of the knee casting. The table size appears to have varied, with some being a useful 14 inches long and 5.125 inches wide, whilst others were the same length but rather narrower at just 3.37-inches. Travel was between 9 and 10.5 inches longitudinally, a traverse of 2.25 to 4 inches and a vertical rise and fall of 7 inches. None of the table's feed screws was fitted with a micrometer collar - though both the X and Y axis could be locked
Spindle bearings were in bronze, with that at the front tapered (1.75 inches long and from 1.125 to 1-inch in diameter) and capable of adjustment whilst the more lightly loaded rear was a parallel bush 1-inch in diameter and 1.5-inches long.  Bored with a No. 2 Morse taper, the spindle nose was hollowed out to a diameter of 3/8" for its full length. The round overarm was 1.125-inches in diameter and the drop bracket carried a plain 3/8-inch diameter bush to fit the end of the 5/8-inch diameter and 4.75-inch long arbor.
Originally supplied with a 1-inch wide, 3-step flat-belt pulley with diameters of 5-inches, 4-inches and 3-inches the machine came without a countershaft and nor was one offered. However, the makers did list a matching pulley that the buyer could use in the construction of his own drive system. The miller was approximately 19.5 inches high, 19-inches wide and 21.5-inches front to back. Although the weight according to the catalogue was 108 lbs., some owners report that it seems rather less and it is entirely possible that the machine was built up using parts sourced from different foundries and machine shops and would, as a consequence, have differed from batch to batch. .
Although a simple device, this miller was no bargain; in 1965 it was offered for 65 : 0 : 0d, with the essential 3-step countershaft pulley 4 : 3 : 6d extra - a total of 69 : 3 : 6d. Today (2016), that price is equal to just a few pounds short of 1200 - and at the time was only 1 : 11 : 6d less than that asked for the very much more complicated, useful, backgeared and screwcutting Myford ML7 lathe..

The original 3-step flat-belt pulley has been replaced by a Picador V-belt type - otherwise this Maximus milling machine is completely original. As shown the cutter-holding


Bond's Lathes

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Bond's Horizontal
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