Millrite milling machine…

The Millrite Milling Machine is the newest addition to the shop...

The Millrite Milling Machine is the newest addition to the shop…

It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to sit down and post anything new to the site.  Time has been sucked up by constant organizing, reorganizing, and new additions to the shop including the 1973 Millrite milling machine shown above…

The Millrite milling machine is… LARGE!

A bit larger than the import, bench-top mill we had previously...

A bit larger than the import, bench-top mill we had previously…

Up here in Vermont access to old, heavy machinery is amazing.  Back in the day this area (including Massachusetts and New Hampshire) was considered to be the heavy machinery manufacturing Mecca.  Now cheap and abundant, the prices for some of these classic machines is LESS than what you’d pay for much smaller Chinese imports.  The quality and features are in a whole different league, and the history is incredible.  Granted, you need the space to house these types of machines (the Millrite milling machine weighs in at 1300lbs!), but that’s what the new MotoPreserve North shop offers.

A Bridgeport Vice tops the bed of the Millrite...

A Bridgeport Vice tops the bed of the Millrite…

After getting the Millrite, it was necessary to install a Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) to convert single phase power (common household current) to 3 phase, which is what most old machine motors run on.  This gives the added bonus of having vari-speed instead of having to swap belt positions on the pulleys that power these beasts.  There is a Yahoo Group that discusses the Millrite milling machine, and the folks over there have been super helpful.

Shell Mill Cutter for the Millrite milling machine...

Shell Mill Cutter for the Millrite milling machine…

The cutter shown above will make busy-work of any aluminum sheet we can throw at it.  Looking forward to starting some forward controls for the Yamaha XS400

Stay tuned for more custom parts coming out of the shop this winter.

 

One thought on “Millrite milling machine…

  1. i live in south jersey n just picked a low mile 72 xl 250 shes sweet but im keeping the silver and starting on carb chain tires and the really crappy stripped kick start ..im jump starting her for now cause ill need inner shaft replaced before winter of 2020 good luck on her i ve been looking for a better exhaust too,

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