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Old 05-01-2008, 07:21:40 AM
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Does anyone know anything about this machine? All I know is that it's a Sharp and the model number is supposedly (not 100% sure)...KFVD A2F.

How easy would it be to get parts for, what kind of reputation does it have, ect.

Thank you in advance for your help.
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Old 05-01-2008, 09:07:26 AM
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The most important thing is what tapper is the spindle. R-8 or MORSE. I would want R-8 over MORSE. There is all kinds of tooling made for the R-8 tapper. I bought a table top TIAWAN mill almost 25 years ago. Knew very little about machining then. I am by no means a TOOL ANS DIE MAKER now, but I would not know what to do with out it. Luckaly I made friends with a machinist where I used to work and ordered the machine with the R-8 tapper instead of MORSE as I had intended. In the 25 years of use of my piece of import junk the ONLY parts I need was for the motor. The start govener broke where it was set screwed to the shaft. Pot metal. I made the fix with my lathe.
If the machine you are looking at does not need any repairs now I would NOT be that conserned with repair parts I am almost sure they are out there but I DO NOT know where.

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Old 05-08-2008, 11:23:45 PM
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That is a very nice little mill. I have seen one before, called it the mini Bridgeport. I wanted to buy it but it wasn't for sale. I would bet that one you have is an R-8 taper. Perfect size machine for any hobbiest that wants to have the flexibility of a larger knee mill. If it's a clone of a real Mini Bridgeport I bet you could get parts, otherwise It might be real hard finding parts. As long as you take care of it you will probably never need parts aside from the drive belts, and maybe a draw bar. Belts can be matched up and a draw bar can always be made easily if one is not available.

Good looking machine you have there. I'm curious if the power feed is driven by a variable speed motor, or is there a gearbox with a quick change?(like our Bridgeport at work)
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:48:56 AM
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Thank you for the feedback. I cannot seem to find much on this machine. If anyone else knows something about it I would like to hear. I bought this machine a couple weeks back but I haven’t gotten to see it for myself yet. It’s at my Dad’s house a few states away.

It does have an R8 Taper. Also, to answer Steve’s question – the power feed is driven by a gearbox. It also needs a draw bar. The one that was in the machine did not come with it. So I will be modifying a Bridgeport drawbar (Steve was right again). Apparently there are a few knobs missing and minor repairs needed. Right now my Dad has the table taken off and cleaning it up. It seems like the machine is in good Shape otherwise.

Again, I still cannot seem to find a whole lot of information about the machine so if anyone has anything on it, I’d like to know. Thanks again!
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