After looking for close to a year and not finding anything suitable I decided to take the chance and acquire one of the Vector copies from a China based E-Bay seller. These milling attachments have been both criticized and praised on horological forums with only a few people actually buying them and adapting them for their use. Luckily the opinion of the people who were using them was quite a bit more positive than the people who hadn’t actually seen one. I know, it’s the internet.
It did require some minor dressing around the front of the spindle where an unbroken edge was contacting the sleeve. I also gave the spindle a very light polish on both contact surfaces which was done in the universal chuck.
A set of cutters is on the way but in the meantime I’m concentrating on how to provide the power. Either a small motor attached via a bracket from the rear gusset or through a counter shaft.
If you can’t tell immediately , I did a fair bit of dressing on the casting as it was a fairly crude shell as it came. The grinding itself was good enough but the finish was crudely painted which hid a few warts on the cast.
I punched a zero mark where the lightly etched line was prior to re-finishing.
If the dedicated motor option is used it will be mounted on this side of the gusset. an L-bracket can be shaped to provide the proper tension for vertical or horizontal position.