warco zx-15 or chester champion

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colinheath

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May 19, 2006, 4:33:38 PM5/19/06
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Hi All,
Has anyone purchased the warco zx-15 or chester champion mill? If so
can you comment on the quality and usability please?
I am thinking of going for one as i can't find medium sized second hand
mill.
Would like to know of any short comings or any plus features.

Many Thanks

Colin Heath


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Mark_Howard

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May 20, 2006, 3:04:48 PM5/20/06
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"colinheath" <colinhea...@rcgroups.com> wrote in message
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> Hi All,
> Has anyone purchased the warco zx-15 or chester champion mill? If so
> can you comment on the quality and usability please?
> I am thinking of going for one as i can't find medium sized second hand
> mill.
> Would like to know of any short comings or any plus features.
>

The obvious drawbacks with this machine are the round column and the limited
spindle speeds. Having said that, I bought the Chester version several years
ago and have found it to be an excellent machine (above reservation aside).
I still have it but have upgraded to a larger Warco dovetail column machine.

Although the Warco Super major (or what ever it's called) is a better and
bigger all round machine, I have to say that overall the accuracy and finish
obtainable with the Champion is probably a little better (obviously for
smaller stuff).

I know it's more expensive but had you considered the X3 from Arc Euro Trade
(and others)? It has dovetailed column and otherwise similar capacities.

Mark

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Russell Eberhardt

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May 20, 2006, 3:16:14 PM5/20/06
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On Fri, 19 May 2006 15:33:38 -0500, colinheath
<colinhea...@rcgroups.com> wrote:

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>Hi All,
>Has anyone purchased the warco zx-15 or chester champion mill? If so
>can you comment on the quality and usability please?
>I am thinking of going for one as i can't find medium sized second hand
>mill.
>Would like to know of any short comings or any plus features.
>

Hi Colin,

I have been using the Warco version for just over a year.

Soon after delivery the lead screw end float adjustments worked loose
and I had to modify the locking ring by adding a grub screw to fix it
- no problems there since.

A common complaint is that you loose register when lowering or raising
the head. With a little planning and forethought applied to each job
problems can be avoided using a dial guage or even just a wobbler.

If taking heavy cuts, and I mean making blue swarf, make sure the
head/column locking lever is really tight.

Lowest speed is a bit high. Too high for slitting saws but then speed
controllers are getting to be cheap.

Biggest plus for me was the long x-travel for such a small machine,
great for machining axlebox slots.

All told I beleive it is good value.

Russell.

Steve

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May 21, 2006, 10:43:52 AM5/21/06
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"colinheath" <colinhea...@rcgroups.com> wrote in message
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I went through this decision - the speed range on the Chester /ZX15 was too
restricted for a general purpose machine. I bought a Warco drill mill in
the end for MT3 tooling. I'm pleased with the machine, but if I was to
make the decision now, 18 months on I'd buy an X3 from ARC and test if an
R8 taper would be better than MT3. I find the MT3 can need quite a belt to
release and there is something not right about belting a precison machine
with a lump hammer and brass drift!

Steve


colinheath

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May 21, 2006, 3:27:55 PM5/21/06
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Hi All,
Thanks for the help! I have had a look at the warco mill drill and it
seems to be a large machine for 75 quid more. I am also torn with the
dovetail column decision.
Thanks a lot
Colin

Paul

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Mar 19, 2022, 12:18:28 PMMar 19
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replying to colinheath, Paul wrote:
I have just bought a Warco ZX-15 from the widow of an engineer. Excellent
quality but I need an operating manual for it. Any know of where I can get
one of borrow one to copy?
Thanks, Paul Yates

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