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Old August 24th 07, 03:33 PM posted to rec.crafts.metalworking
Joseph Gwinn Joseph Gwinn is offline
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Default How big a face mill can a Millrite MVI handle?

I'm considering getting a face mill, and am looking for field reports
and suggestions. I've been using a fly cutter for facing, but it's slow
and probably hard on the bearings. This really is a job for a face mill.

I have a MVI vertical mill with the original low-speed 1 HP motor driven
from a VFD, with an R8 spindle.

My first question is how large a diameter is reasonable. I've heard
that such machines can spin a 3" face mill with no problem. Would that
that be for steel, or only for aluminum? What sizes have people used?

My second question is what make and model of face mill to get. Again,
what kinds have people used, and how well did the face mills work?

Thanks,

Joe Gwinn