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Gorton 687-1 Graduating Machine

jlrice54

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I am picking up a Gorton 687 graduating machine next month. There seems to be very little out there on this machine. I was told it is mid 1930's vintage and was recently still in use on production work. It's fairly clean and looks like it's in pretty good shape considering it's age and comes with a second indexing wheel, a collection of what looks like workholding collets of some type and at lease one cutter still in the machine's spindle. I haven't asked about any possible documentation yet.

Rick Gorton's site has several catalogs with the 687's shown and there was apparently only one type of cutter ever offered for it which probably can be shop ground out of HSS or by regrinding a small keyway slot cutter. I have a Gorton 265 to go with my Gorton P1-2 pantograph, so I probably can duplicate the cutting tool. I'm going to email Rick to see if he has anything else on the machine that he hasn't scanned or posted yet.

Does anyone one here have any documentation or any experience with one of the little jewels that they can pass on to me?

James R
Sherman, TX
 

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You will be the first.

When you get it set up, let us know, I have a list of dials I need graduations cut on them to replace the worn out ones on my lathes.

Schmidt Marking Systems used to make one, too. Now days, everyone has gone to laser marking systems, which I hate on some things like a all angle grinding vice I bought a few years ago. https://www.gtschmidt.com/index.php
 

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So far I have drawn a blank. I emailed Mr. Gorton and am awaiting a reply.

I need some dials also. I'm picking up the machine next month. It's a 32 hour round trip from me. I'm located just north of Dallas and the Gorton is located in Dearborn Michigan.

James
 

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Ah Dearborn, can you pick me up one of those new Mustangs While you are there? :laughing:
 
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