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Fray All-Angle Milling Machine - USA
10-RH and 10-R Universal Ram-type
Vertical and Horizontal Milling Machines
An Instruction Book with Parts List is available for these machines
If any reader has a Fray machine tool, the writer
would be interested to hear from you


Manufactured by the Fray Machine Tool Company of 515 West Windsor Road, Glendale 4, California, the Fray "All-Angle" universal milling machine, together with a number of different vertical heads, were produced from the late 1930s to (probably) the mid 1950s.
All Fray millers were designed by an Englishman (born in Hale, Lancashire), James H. Richards, a man who was to become president and CEO of the Company. Mr. Richards also held patents for an inside/outside micrometer, a pneumatic grease gun and a form of worm-drive steering gear. A grandchild of steam engine inventor Richard Trevithick, he could recall, as a little boy, playing with parts of a Trevithick steam engines that were laying around the family barn
Heavily built, the main column of the Fay carried, on it top, a large boss that could be swivelled through 360 degrees on a vertical axis and on which was mounted a horizontal slideway. Running on the slide was a large block that (on the 10-RH) supported both an overarm for horizontal-milling and a sliding ram fitted with a self-contained, Bridgeport-like, backgeared, 8-speed swivelling head fitted with fine down-feed and a drilling quill. The drive for horizontal milling was arranged by mounting the swivelling head well to one side of the main column to make room for a simply-constructed arrangement that consisted of a semi-steel housing containing a 30-International taper spindle with a motor mounted parallel to it. Otherwise almost identical to the RH, the Model 10-R  lacked a horizontal-drive arrangement. Fray offered adaptors to convert the 30-International taper of the spindle to either a No. 7 B & S, or a No. 2 or 3 Morse taper.
Because the vertical head (known on these models as the Type 4) was able to be rotated through 360 degrees in two planes vertical to the table, through 90 degrees forwards or backwards - and also moved in and out and from side to side - the machine was extremely versatile and able to machine complex jobs that, on an ordinary horizontal miller (or even on a turret type)) would have needed resetting more than once before  finishing.
Made in a "semi-steel" cast-iron, the spindle housing had a honed bore to accept the sliding quill with the spindle  manufactured from a chrome-moly steel, hardened and ground all over and running in 3 'New Departure' No. 5 precision, pre-loaded angular-contact bearings. Of alloy steel, the quill housing was heat treated and ground on both its inner and outer diameters and under the control of both a rapid-feed rack-and-pinion operated handle and a 34 : 1 ratio worm-and-gear fine feed mechanism- with an instantaneous change available between the two.
With a 1 H.P. 1200 rpm motor, and the optional "backgear" assembly fitted, 8 speeds were available from 100 to 4500 rpm; with the alternative 1.5 H.P 1800 rpm motor the speed range became 150 to 6400 rpm; however, only the two lowest speeds were driven through the 3 : 1 ratio backgear, the other six being by direct V-belt drive. An electrical reversing switch was standard equipment.
Also running in high-precision bearings, the horizontal spindle was driven through its eight speeds of 280,  640, 980,  1470,  2250 and 3600 rpm by a 1 H.P. 1700 r.p.m. motor The ram carrying the head had a forwards and backwards travel of 10 inches on the 10-R but, restricted by the provision of the horizontal spindle, a reduced movement of 8.5 inches on the 10-RH. The side to side movement of the head was 16 inches and this, combined with the table's normal longitudinal movement, contributed to a maximum combined travel of 38 inches.
Identical in size on both the 10-RH and 10-R, the table had three T-slots, and was 36" long and 9" wide with longitudinal and cross travels of 22 and 8 inches respectively - and a vertical movement of 16 inches. The zeroing micrometer feed dials were all generously proportioned - a full 3 inches in diameter - with all the feed screws supported on adjustable, friction-reducing radial-thrust bearings. The saddle-to-knee ways were particularly large and both that surface, and the table's, were lubricated by a "one-shot" system supplied from a hand-pump..
If any reader has a Fray machine tool, or literature about the Company and its products, the writer would be interested to hear from you..

Fray 10-RH with vertical and horizontal drives

The Fray set for vertical milling with the head moved to the middle of the "cross slide". Note the very simple construction of the horizontal spindle and its motor drive.

Front View of the Fray Model 10-RH

Fray Advertising Logo

Fray Model 10-R Ram Type Vertical Milling Machine

With the head set to just one angle, the head of the firm's publicity department was seriously underplaying the range of adjustments he could so easily have demonstrated.

Fray Type 4 vertical head
Besides being used on the company's own milling machines, this was also marketed by the company as a separate unit designed to mount - via special adaptors - on horizontal milling machines, shapers, planers and lathes.
When sold in this form three, rather than two, motor options were available:
1 H.P. 3-phase 1200 rpm
1.5 H.P. 3-phase 1800 rpm
3/4 H.P. 1-phase or 3-phase 1800 rpm.
Of the eight available speeds, only the two lowest were driven through the 3 ; 1 ratio backgear, the other six being by direct V-belt drive; a reversing switch was provided as part of the standard equipment.
Constructed from a cast iron labelled "semi-steel", the quill housing had a finely honed bore; the spindle, manufactured from chrome-moly steel (hardened and ground all over) ran in three 'New Departure' No. 5 precision, pre-loaded, angular-contact bearings. The quill was made of alloy steel, heat treated and ground on both its inner and outer diameters; it was controlled by both a rapid-feed handle through a rack-and-pinion drive and by a 34 : 1 ratio worm-and-gear fine feed mechanism- with an instantaneous change available between the two.
B-Type Head
Experience with another Fray vertical head, the similar B Type, shows that the design did have a number of shortcomings: the lowest speed was high, in the order of 500 rpm - but the top speed a useful 3000 rpm plus. The motor-mounting plate was prevented from rotating against spindle torque by a single locking screw and under heavy loads the motor would creep around and, if suddenly released, was liable to give the operator a smack across the top of the head; the problem had clearly been with the unit examined for some time with witness marks showing that the locking knob had been driven up tight using a centre punch. Surprisingly, the multi-step pulley on the spindle was only supported by a single ball race and as a result the belt pull was partially transmitted to the quill spline which produced a clattering under load and an (unsurprisingly) short bearing life. The spindle was fitted with a No. 3 Morse taper but the bore through the quill would only just pass a 3/8" drawbar; this meant that even relatively old versions of collet chucks like the Clarkson had to be either heli-coiled down to 3/8", or a drawbar made up with a 1/2" end. The springy nature of the thin drawbar also presented a problem when trying to release any cutter, or cutter holding device, it was retaining; hitting the end was useless, and a block of wood had to be employed to strike directly at the shoulder of the fitting in use. The Morse socket was also far from perfect; it protruded significantly from the spindle and was rather short - the design presumably originating from the time when end mills had "drive" integral shanks - and when used with later designs of collet chuck meant that the tip of even the shortest endmill could overhand the front bearing by as much as 6 inches, a set up that did not guarantee chatter-free machining...

Cross section through backgear unit

Fray Model C swivelling vertical head mounted as a milling and drilling unit on a T-slotted table.
Fitted with both a rapid-action drilling and fine-feed the unit was heavily built with a 6-speed drive

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Fray All-Angle - USA
10-RH and 10-R Universal Ram-type
Vertical and Horizontal Milling Machines
An Instruction Book with Parts List is available for these machines
If any reader has a Fray machine tool, the writer
would be interested to hear from them