View Full Version : opinion on a milling machine

09-16-2007, 08:39 AM
Has anyone heard of a Alliant Milling Machine ? Are they good?

Rob :)

A.K. Boomer
09-16-2007, 09:06 AM
There Good, (if its in good shape) its a good name though, maybe certain era's better than others because theyve changed country's and such but I did allot of research when I was looking and the general consensus was a sturdy no gimmick mo-sheen, My very experienced machinist friend has used them before in production shops and said they held up to much abuse without a wimper...

09-16-2007, 10:18 PM
They are up their with Bridgeport . Last good place I worked we replacedall the Bridgeport with them.

Rich Carlstedt
09-16-2007, 11:18 PM
IMHO, I would place them as the best of the lot AFTER a real Bridgeport
The comes Sharp, followed by Acer.
We had all of them in our shop.
The rating is based on their ability to hold up during normal shop work.
Can't beat the BP !
It ran without any fixes and was the tightest after 2 yeras
The Allient had a varispeed bushing fail after 12 months
The others had numerous issues

09-17-2007, 10:18 AM
thanks guys, I have realy gottent he bug to switch out my 3-1 for a mill. So i have been browsing ebay, keeping an eye on things. Any helpfull hints or dealers to check or stay away from?

Rob :)

09-17-2007, 01:21 PM
I have an Alliant. It's from the first set of Alliant machines made. IMHO it's better than a BP.
The story is that when BP decided to dump their dealer network the 10 biggest dealers got together and decinded to clone the BP. Each dealer submitted a single improvement. The machines were made in Taiwan, the rest is history.
Mine's made in the mid-80's I believe.
Newer Alliant machines are not the same, the rumor has it.
Beware, it is a little different, many fasteners are Metric.
If I can help let me know.