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    Hi guys,
    I have an old milling machine made by Wheeler machinery in Batemans bay and wish to find out some of its history - searches on Google didn't help so I am turning to you to see if any of you know anything, have a tool made by them or whatever- The mill has 2 3 ph. motors running a vertical or horizontal spindle, no power feed but a useful little mill nonetheless.
    in anticipation

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alf Scotting View Post
    Hi guys,
    I have an old milling machine made by Wheeler machinery in Batemans bay and wish to find out some of its history - searches on Google didn't help so I am turning to you to see if any of you know anything, have a tool made by them or whatever- The mill has 2 3 ph. motors running a vertical or horizontal spindle, no power feed but a useful little mill nonetheless.
    in anticipation

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    That is quite a handy unit! Small footprint and fairly tall looking tool-to-table space.
    Well done and good luck with research. Have you tried the scanned newspapers on 'Trove'? It is a wonderful online service provided by the National Library of Australia.
    regs,
    Andrew OC
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    The Batemans Bay Historical Society may know something of the company. To me the Wheeler transfer has a 70s vibe.

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    Also there can't have been many foundries locally to make something such big castings, if any of them are still around they might know something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewOC View Post
    That is quite a handy unit! Small footprint and fairly tall looking tool-to-table space.
    Well done and good luck with research. Have you tried the scanned newspapers on 'Trove'? It is a wonderful online service provided by the National Library of Australia.
    regs,
    Andrew OC
    Hi guys, thanks to Bob and caskwarrior for their input - have tried Batemans bay historic and trove with no luck although with trove one must be fairly specific with your search - have just fitted a coolant pump and vice to the mill and find it very sturdy when I made some "T' slot bolts for the Beaver - it is such a well made little unit I can't believe it is a "one off"- will try a website tonight for workshop manuals in case one was put together for this mill - I live in hope

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alf Scotting View Post
    Hi guys, thanks to Bob and caskwarrior for their input - have tried Batemans bay historic and trove with no luck although with trove one must be fairly specific with your search - have just fitted a coolant pump and vice to the mill and find it very sturdy when I made some "T' slot bolts for the Beaver - it is such a well made little unit I can't believe it is a "one off"- will try a website tonight for workshop manuals in case one was put together for this mill - I live in hope
    Hi guys,
    Thanks to andrewOC, Bob ward and cask warrior this thread is finalised - Tried all the suggestions above with no joy - eventually got in touch with the son of the manufacturer Mr. Wheeler whose father manufactured agricultural machinery ex. Sydney and decided before retiring to branch out into milling machines - he was going to make 6 initially but only made one before retiring (mine) amazing what can be achieved through perseverance and educated friends

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    Wow, now all you need to do is clean it up and give us a few more photos! Certainly if i made a singular milling machine from scratch you better believe it'd be right there in the coffin when I kick it.

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