By most machining standards, my little old Atlas is considered a joke, or not much better than a toy by true machinists, and I am sure even a lot of home guys. However, that is alright by me. I like my little machine. The machine that follows in it's original configuration was actually a horizontal milling machine. Well, horizontal is fine, and I can still run this machine as a horizontal, but I decided I wanted to be able to run it as a small vertical meaning I would need to make the accessory vertical head.
I took several semesters of night machine shop class. During the second class, the vertical head was my project. As I am sure you can tell, given it's small size, the machine is only good for projects of a very limited size. As for cutters in the vertical head, I am limited to a 1/2 shank going into Morse #2 taper collets. If anyone viewing this should happen to have an original vise for this machine, index centers, or a rotary table, please contact me. I would really like to have these original accessories for this machine.
The vise that is actually an ill fit for this machine is from my Atlas 7b shaper, and unfortunately the closest fitting vise I have to use with the milling machine at this time. The motor running the vert head was not originally part of this machine, nor was it part of the original design. Note the picture below, and the black motor on the machines right side. That is the original location, and motor for the machine. In creating the accessory vert head, I actually changed nothing original to this machine. I can remove the vert head and put this machine right back as a horizontal mill in about ten minutes, so as you see it, it could yet be configured either way easily. I would love a Bridgeport, but there is a world of difference in cost that I might never be able to justify, or afford. Until that time comes, if ever, this is my milling machine. The good part is, I only have about $400 total accessories and all in this machine. I know I can always get that much out of it if I ever have to.