Husky Horizontal Milling Machine
Heavily-built, this usefully compact horizontal machine was constructed to something of a variable standard in Taiwan (not mainland China) during the 1970s and 1980s - owners reporting that, for its type and once sorted out, it was unusually accurate. Also available as turret model with a Bridgeport-like vertical head as the Model VHO, it had features that included all-geared speeds from a box held within the main column and a centralised lubrication system. The Model VHO/A had a power-feed table with its 3-speed gearbox slung under the right-hand end of the table, the feed rates spanning 50 to 130 mm/minute. Although not confirmed, it's likely that the vertical head motor fitted as standard would have been a 1.5 h.p. unit running at 1700 r.p.m. on a 60 Hz supply.
Six horizontal spindle speeds were provided from a low of 59 to a high of 800 r.p.m., selection being by two levers on the right-hand face of the main column The 6" x 24" table had a longitudinal travel of 14", across of 8" and 12" vertically. Unusually for a horizontal miller, the spindle was equipped with a Bridgeport-type R8 taper and, while this certainly allowed access to much in the way of inexpensive tooling, its small dimensions limited the machine's ultimate metal-removing ability. The diameter of the horizontal cutter-holding arbor was just 1-inch, another feature that limited rates of metal removal - though to be fair, the owner of the horizontal machine featured below never found either the type of taper, nor dimensions of the arbor, to be a problem in his amateur workshop.
Of the modern and rigid dovetail type, the cast-iron overarm slid on precision ground ways and sat on top of a swivelling boss - the latter of course to allow the vertical head to be swung on its horizontal axis.
The Husky weighed approximately 520 kg in its horizontal form and had dimensions of: base: 18" x 24", a depth from front to back of 37" and stood 50" high.
Although known to have been branded a "Husky" for the UK and South African markets, the use of a bolt-on badge means that might have been sold in other regions with a different name: perhaps the Bulldog" or "Pit Bull" - but certainly not "Chihuahua"..