Filing Machine

Box 88
Pine Grove Mills, PA  16868
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The MLA-18 filing machine, a distinct machine tool in its own right, is a modern version of the traditional bench filer. Nominally, it is a machine for "Type A" files, but many other files up to 1/4 wide or 1/4 inch diameter can be adapted, which have straight sides (i.e. are "blunt" and not tapered). Any such file can be cut to the right length and mounted. The file is operated with a Scotch yoke and has a one inch stroke. The cutting stroke is downward. This type of filing machine is capable of very precise work, and of removing metal at a rapid rate. Due to the speed at which the file operates and the light work pressure required, the files do not clog, or "pin," and last a long time. You will find using the filing machine a totally different experience from hand filing. Many kinds of intricate work can be done with it to a surprising degree of accuracy. It is ideal for precision model making and toolmaking.

The filing machine measures 8 1/2 inches high from the mounting base to the work table. The work table is 7 inches in diameter and can be adjusted for angular filing. The filer can be operated with practically any 1725 R.P.M., 1/4 H.P. motor, and probably even motors of less horse power.
The filer can be mounted on a board with the motor for portable use or permanently on a bench.

The minimum requirement for making the filing machine is a lathe of nine inch or greater swing. If a milling machine is unavailable, it is recommended that the lathe be equipped with a "T" slot cross slide for some set ups. A drill press may also prove handy. Although the filer is fairly large, it is easy to make. The operating mechanism is not complex and requires very little precision machining.

The basic kit for making the filing machine consists of four iron castings: a body casting; table casting; back plate casting; and yoke casting. The body casting is cored for the operating mechanism, which is designed to run in an oil bath. The basic kit also includes four large drawing sheets (18 by 24 inches) showing components full size, as well as machining and operating instructions, including a sheet describing how to make "Type A" files from other kinds of files.

Optional items include a five inch diameter cast iron pulley blank for flat belt drive, bearing material consisting of two pieces of continuous cast bronze 4 1/4 ins. long by 1 1/4 ins. and 1 in. diameter, and a hardware packet. Those items are offered as options, since many machinists already have them on hand. An ordinary hardware store pulley can also be used, as can other suitable material for the bearing sleeves. The hardware packet is supplied as an option to eliminate the need of having to buy items elsewhere in greater quantity than required. The hardware packet contains all twenty required screws (except for the pulley), a Woodruff key, and a 1/16 in. spring dowel pin.

Other materials required for making the filing machine are mostly common flat and bar stock. The machining instructions list a supplier that can furnish exactly the material you need, in the quantity you need at a modest cost, for that not at hand.

MLA-18 Filing Machine Basic Kit (30 lbs.) $159.50
Add for the cast Pulley Blank (5 lbs.) $30.00
Add for the Bronze Bearing Material (2 lbs.) $62.00
Add for Hardware Packet (no additional shipping if sent with kit) $9.50
Drawings and Instructions only post free (Canada add $2.00, overseas $4.00)

All domestic (USA) addresses ship for $22.45. USPS, flat rate, priority mail. Includes Alaska and Hawaii.

To compute shipping cost to Canada and overseas "online", calculate the total weight of the shipment by adding the weight of optional items, if any, to the weight of the basic kist, as above. At the USPS website, after clicking on "Calculate Price", select your country from the list at the top of the page. Enter the item value in the box. Scroll down and select "Package" from the list. Enter the weight of the package in pounds and ounces. Then click on "continue". Select "Priority Mail International Options" for shipping rate. Or inquire.

Pennsylvania residents please add 6% sales tax.

If you have already ordered the drawing set with instructions and want the casting set sent without drawings, deduct $8.00 ($2.00 per drawing sheet) from the price of the kit.

Payment can be made via PayPal or by check. If by check, Make checks payable to METAL LATHE ACCESSORIES, Box 88, Pine Grove Mills, PA  16868.  

Payment by check for Canadian and overseas orders must be by International or Postal Money Order in U.S. dollars.

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