View Full Version : Hello I'm New Here and need advice

08-06-2005, 10:50 PM
I do apportable welding and repair for the Ag industry. I would like to buy a small lathe and mill for my business. Like a 14 x 40 or so. I have been looking at smithy and grizzly. Are these machines of good quality or not? I appreciate any advice at all. Thanks, Dan P.S. would prefer separate machines or even would consider other brand.

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08-06-2005, 10:52 PM
Hi, and welcome, if you do a search, you will be over whelmed of the answers for that question. I think the general consensus is that if space is not an issue then stay away from the 3 in 1 machines and go with seperate machines. A few people here have Grizzleys and Smithys.

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J Tiers
08-06-2005, 11:12 PM
Smithy seems to be a small off-brand, with limited support, and IIRC, not very co-operative.

Grizzly has several big warehouses, good support, and is a large, stable company 20+ years old. I have met the owner and one of his sons, and they seem decent folks. We had their stuff (woodworking) at work, and it was fine.

That said, I have sent everything I bought from them back, but I didn't buy any machines, just smaller accessory stuff that was defective (precision level & height gage). They paid shipping to return the defective goods, and refunded the original shiping, which was classy of them. Enco didn't do that.... doubt Smithy would either, frankly.

08-06-2005, 11:43 PM
Smithy has been a breeze to work with so far for me. If I have a question, I just call and ask and they take care of what the problem is. The thing is, I only had one problem so far and that was because of the delivery guy forgot to unload a package where he dropped the lathe off at for me. Smithy took care of it without a hitch. A lot of folks think they are el cheapo and they may end up being that, but mine is running fine so far and hasn't had a problem yet. The casting is good and the machine is heavy enough to not have any vibration.

08-07-2005, 12:16 AM
I have a smithy and its not for ag work , its more for the home hobbie folks. it runs great and I have alot of fun with it but would not want to make a living with it doing ag work.

I like this mill. it's big enough for farm work. with the longer ram head.

I like this lathe in the 14x40 range.
It will work fine for spindles,boring sprockets,building weld in hubs and bushings,pullys , but is too short for some drive line work.

I think thats a good deal for under $10,000.

good luck.

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