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Old 10-05-18, 09:39 PM   #1
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Having just about given up on finding a small milling machine that will fit in my tiny workshop, I was offered this little Centec 2 whilst working at Duxford yesterday. It turned out to be just a few miles from the workshop and I collected it this evening.

I found the machine just as described, well abused and in need of restoration and repair. It probably won't happen quickly but I'll post updates as I go.. it just cost me the fuel to get it so I don't mind a bit of work. The rear bearing housing is missing but I'm told it is likeley to turn up in the P/O's garage at some point!

When finished, it will be a vast improvement over milling attachments on my lathe - there are a few jobs waiting for it too.

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Old 10-05-18, 10:01 PM   #2
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And as a bonus you got to christen the new trailer and test the tie down eyes

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Testing the tie downs already.
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I've got a Centec 2A, but I dont know what the difference is, there is also B, there doesnt seem to be much visual difference, your table appears to have seen some abuse.

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To repair the table, I was thinking of milling the damaged areas to take sections of plate, this restoring the Tee slot profile and then re-finishing the table on the surface grinder. Something I have seen done to good effect on several small machines.

The tie down points are brilliant, as is the trailer. I really cranked the straps up tight and nothing so much as creaks. The trailer is much better with a load aboard and the leaf springs are freeing off nicely for having some oil sloshed over them..

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the leaf springs are freeing off nicely for having some oil sloshed over them..
Bonus of towing behind a Landy!

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A very solid tow vehicle, you don't really know it's there!

The automatic chassis lubricator is working very well, I need to take the overdrive off to replace a couple of seals soon.

Getting better at reversing in straight lines having had a bit of practice..

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your table appears to have seen some abuse.

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Is there a vertical head available for these little mills ?

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Old 10-05-18, 11:48 PM   #9
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I have a Centec 2 but regrettably it's in pieces awaiting a place in my workshop. There's a limited amount of information available on the internet but I'm happy to share what I have if you PM me Phill.

There are vertical heads available, but they are very scarce and tend to go quickly for lots of money.

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Old 11-05-18, 05:54 AM   #10
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Nice find. The mill was also badged as Warwick and as Hobson both companies are stil around so the may have some infomation
As for a vertical head.I think it is something that Phill is certainly more than capable of making.especialy as he now has all the tools.

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