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I've always dreamed about having a milling machine to advance my skills in the field of metalworking. So I went on the Internet and one caught my attention for a reasonable price. Hoping that it would be a great addition to the workshop I went to take a look at it. It wasn't hooked up to the grid and was neglected under storage shelving gathering dust. All the mechanical parts from the outside seemed to be working, the cross-table didn't have any slack in it etc. I bargained off third of the selling price and went to pick it up with my father in the beginning of the week one evening after finishing the days work on the tracked amphibious vehicle. We got it on the trailer with a fork lift and the next day when back at home I had to figure out how to get that thing off the trailer without wrecking it. At first I tried the micro excavator which sort of lifted the mill, more like dragged the mill across the trailer bed. Then me and my grandfather fired up our farm's old McCormick tractor with a front loader on it. This however was sitting in the elements for at least two years beforehand and the fuel system got air in it. However, it fired up after some old school diesel knowledge from my grandfather and the mission continued. To my surprise this front loader also barely picked up the mill. Later my father told me that this tractor was used to lift up half ton nitrogen fertilizer bags back in the day when we still had cows. And that a half a ton is the limit for this front loader anyway. Got lucky since the mill weighs 480 kg's. We got it on the small trolley with my grandfather and then I pushed the thing uphill to the machine shop with the micro excavator. I filled the mill with oil, connected a three phase plug to it, stuck it into a socket and pushed a button. It shorted out. I tried it the other way (two buttons for turning the tool either way), the bit started to turn the right way but the oil wasn't squirting into the sight glass up in the gearbox like it was supposed to. I presumed the oil pump was bad and took the gearbox apart to take a closer look. And indeed, the oil pump was worn badly, beyond repair. So now I have to find an original part from Russia or fix some external 12 V pump through a AC/DC transformer to it and make some new lines for the oiling. My father was kind enough to rewire the whole thing to meet the standards of our grid. IN CONCLUSION - the mill works. Three problems remain: 1) Oil pump, 2) Lifting the mill on the drill press/milling machine table, 3) The tool is stuck in the mill. My father already brought an AC/DC transformer that I'll try with a diesel fuel pump as an external oiling system. Lifting the mill on the table will be a "blast" I guess. Using the cherry picker? Don't think it'll handle the weight of the mill. We'll see. Tool is stuck - using a hammer big enough? :) Let me know in the comments! Thanks for watching!
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