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Posted: 12/16/2002 12:54:32 PM EDT
At work we just "inherited" a milling machine - I know nothing about these things –

It’s a Trans World Steel Model TVM-830 rated at 1HP and it looks like it’s hooked up to single phase 120V.  It has an add on digital read-out thingy attached made by Sargon Industries and a Kurt Precision vise.  There was a bunch of bits and extras that came with it, but as I alluded to before – I don’t know what the hell they do.

Questions I’ve been kicking around since I saw the thing:

Is this a decent setup?  

What kind of cool stuff can I make with it?

What’s the best way to learn how to use it?  I’m pretty sure I won’t have any problem getting work to pay for me to take a class on milling – but I don’t know where to begin to look.

Any input would be appreciated!
Link Posted: 12/16/2002 2:30:56 PM EDT
check local university's for machining classes .. your best bet ..  as for your machine .. i have no clue either . look in the yellow pages under machine shops and call a few up with your questions ... later
Link Posted: 12/16/2002 6:35:25 PM EDT
Here are 2 schools in WI.

[blue]WITC New Richmond[/blue]

1019 South Knowles Avenue
New Richmond, WI 54017




[blue]WITC Superior[/blue]

600 North 21st Street
Superior, WI 54880

Link Posted: 12/16/2002 6:53:31 PM EDT
I'd mill another milling machine if I were you.
Link Posted: 12/17/2002 6:24:18 PM EDT
Bring it to my place, I'll make it gets put to good use.
Link Posted: 12/17/2002 6:34:16 PM EDT
The fact that it came with a Kurt vise and a DRO means that the hardware end appears to be well covered.

Now you need to work on who will turn the handles...

You need a good Material - speed/feed chart.

Get a Good set of digital verniers say a 6" and another 12" or larger.

And don't put any milling cutters in a drill chuck... its called a drill chuck for a reason.
Link Posted: 12/18/2002 4:19:25 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/18/2002 4:19:58 AM EDT by royce]
Congrats on yout new toy.
What you have is a medium duty machine that can pretty much make whatever YOU can think up.  The bad news is that usually a mill requires a lathe close by as its partner in a lot of projects.  But if you're creative, you might get by.

Visit the llowing URL and a whole new world will open up before you:

[url]http://www.roderuscustom.tzo.com/cgi-bin/ib3/ikonboard.cgi?s=3dff12f50174ffff[/url]

Link Posted: 12/18/2002 4:52:08 AM EDT
Thank you all!
Link Posted: 12/30/2002 1:20:12 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Mickeymike:
I'd mill another milling machine if I were you.
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ROTFL!!![:D]
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