View Full Version : Grizzly mills

06-29-2004, 10:09 PM
Anyone have any experience, or opinion of the Grizz. 0519 or 3103 mills.
I am leaning toward the 0519, more quill to table distance, lighter than 3103, but outweighs my mini by six times.Plus, head will tilt 90 degrees, either direction.
My mini is not quite enough.
In fact, today I learned that a *SKKRACK*
noise was notification that one had trashed the nylon gears.
Opinions wanted.

Bruce Griffing
06-29-2004, 11:21 PM
I have the 0519. I have added a VFD with a new control box, x-feed, z-feed and a 3 axis DRO with an added quill DRO. For the money I think it is a good machine. As with all imports, some significant scraping, shimming and tweaking were required to get both the column and the head in tram. Actually, it is easy to get in tram if you are not concerned about the centerline moving slightly as the head is raised. I think the oilers could be larger, but I am just picking. The under the quill space is larger than advertised at a little over 20". Between the two you are looking at I would get the 0519 - in fact I did.

06-30-2004, 04:27 PM
Thanks Bruce, that is my inclination too.
For my projects, I don't need a super gonzo, 99K lb. mill.
I Plan on the VFD, DRO's will have to wait.
With the head tilted to 90 degrees, does it become a poor man's horz. mill?

.25 Niedner, another way to reach out.

Bruce Griffing
06-30-2004, 05:18 PM
I have not tried to use it in the horizontal mode. The orientation of the head is such that not much table travel would be available tho...