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  • #16
    Originally posted by PLWeld View Post
    Sign, I have a Smithy mill/lathe combo and I LOVE IT. The machine you're looking at is somewhat similar, just without the mill head. Otherwise, if you'll use it, get it! My girlfriend always tells me if purchasing a certain machine or tool makes the shop more efficient and more productive then get it. As long as it's going to be used or needed! If you're looking at getting a smaller machine (like the one your looking at), check out the Smithy lathe/mill combo. I would say worth the "little extra" money to go that route, the mill has come in handy for me. I got mine used and paid $500.00 (well worth it) Let us know what you end up doing.
    Will do PL. Im just starting this little adventure so there is time. I dont want to get something thats going to leave me in the lurch for that one good paying job. So a littel research and some pointers seem to be a good idea.

    You can never ever go wrong if you spend you money on tools.No matter what the cost.
    you can lose you shirt on a car, truck, boat or other toy...no matter what the cost.
    Will it weld? I loooove electricity!

    Miller 251/30A spool
    Syncro200
    Spectrum 625
    O/A
    Precix 5x10 CNC Router12"Z
    Standard modern lathe
    Cheap Chinese mill that does the trick... sort of...
    horizontal 7x12 bandsaw
    Roland XC540 PRO III
    54" laminator
    hammer and screwdriver (most used)
    little dog
    pooper scooper (2nd most used...)

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    • #17
      For the past few years, I was wanting a Smithy. I bought my used(barely) Rong Fu type mill for $350. Then a month later I bought a Logan 9"x 16" lathe. I'm glad I have each dedicated machine. Setups take time; a lot more time I would think with an all-in-one machine. Especially if you have to go back & forth from milling to turning.
      AutoArc 230 (MM 210)
      3035 spoolgun
      Spectrum 625
      Dialarc HF w/Coolmate 4

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      • #18
        This guy has a nice bit of info on mini lathes - including mods and making must have accessories. Should prove interesting.

        http://www.varmintal.com/alath.htm

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        • #19
          I have a smaller Clausing bridgeport type machine with auto travel side to side......it's mint. Looking to get $2000 for it if anyone is interested. Dave

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          • #20
            Originally posted by turbo38t View Post
            I have a smaller Clausing bridgeport type machine with auto travel side to side......it's mint. Looking to get $2000 for it if anyone is interested. Dave
            Dave,
            Where are you and do you have any pics?
            Will it weld? I loooove electricity!

            Miller 251/30A spool
            Syncro200
            Spectrum 625
            O/A
            Precix 5x10 CNC Router12"Z
            Standard modern lathe
            Cheap Chinese mill that does the trick... sort of...
            horizontal 7x12 bandsaw
            Roland XC540 PRO III
            54" laminator
            hammer and screwdriver (most used)
            little dog
            pooper scooper (2nd most used...)

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            • #21
              i bought a grizzly mini mill

              I went to look at a grizzly mini mill tonight. I bought the thing. Its pretty much a toy compared to what I had in mind but right now space is at a premium and my money is all tied up in a cnc router tabvle tha ti have yet to see arrive...

              This mill has the very basic of provisions.. one collet, some wrenches and a set of allen keys.. I guess i'll have to start collecting now...
              its in great shape, all the dials are tight and have bery little back lash.

              for what i need it for, its a good start. I'll post a few pics when i get it.

              the guy i went to see- fresh out of UBC department of mechanical engineering... had a huge 6000 pound bridgeport at one ned of the shop and a huge 5000 pound CNC mill something or other at the other end of the shop.. Sigh.. some guys have all the luck. and he had a small craftex lathe and all the other acoutrements. bits vises, hold downs , tooling etc coming ou tthe wazzu...
              Will it weld? I loooove electricity!

              Miller 251/30A spool
              Syncro200
              Spectrum 625
              O/A
              Precix 5x10 CNC Router12"Z
              Standard modern lathe
              Cheap Chinese mill that does the trick... sort of...
              horizontal 7x12 bandsaw
              Roland XC540 PRO III
              54" laminator
              hammer and screwdriver (most used)
              little dog
              pooper scooper (2nd most used...)

              Comment

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