>The mill/drill is a Harborfreight HF42827. It is marked ZAY7032G. It's
>a gear-head mill/drill on a round column. Is this mill also known by
>other names? I checked Grizzly, and did not see anything quite the
>same. I did find pictures of a Rong Fu RF-40 that looked very similar.
>Is there a generic name to refer to this tool to that more people will
>understand than the HF number?
Most people will probably know what you're talking about if you just say
gear-head round column mill/drill, or RF40..
>Secondly, I see a draw bolt for the R8 tooling, but I don't see a
>spindle lock. I must be missing something. How are you supposed to
>open/close a draw bolt without a spindle lock?
When I used to have one, I just put it in low gear and tightened the
draw bolt... Some people have gone to great lengths to make a wrench to
hold onto the splines on the spindle. (Search the archives).
>Next, any advice on a base? The tool weighs 625 lb (they say), add a
>vise, and we're over 700 lb. Is there something people commonly use? I
>don't think a tool cabinet is sturdy enough. I can build something from
>MDF that'll take the weight, I'm quite sure, (and may have to do it) but
>before I go there I would like to see what there is available. Since
>this tool is a total surprise for me, I am not very prepared for it.
As a lot of people have mentioned - mdf sounds like a bad idea! I built
my stand out of 2x2x1/4" wall square tubing, which is a bit of overkill
- if you brace it properly you could use 2x2x1/8" angle iron (available
at Home Depot..etc although it is horrifically expensive now!) or, I'd
use some 4x4 PT for legs and some 3/4" plywood with bracing underneath.
If you ever intend to use coolant, or even if you don't think you're
going to, you'll probably want to make some kind of waterproof drip tray
underneath the base of the machine.
There's some pictures of my ex-mill/drill here:
>And lastly, advice on initial cleanup and setup? Removing the packing
>grease with kerosene I suppose. But how do I get the tables to operate
I use "odorless" mineral spirits.
>smoothly? Right now, they are stiff. I presume there is packing grease
>down there under the tables also. Is it best to take them apart
>completely, clean and lube, then adjust the gibs?
>Any advise is appreciated!