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  • Need direction in procurring mill

    I need feedback on import bench top mills.
    I want to set up a shop in my basement for building scale traction engines. I don't feel like jamming in on of my bridgeports.
    I have been looking at benchtop Grizzly mills for several years, I have even stopped at one of their showrooms to look at the physical machines. I was not impressed with the stampings, the graduated collars, back lash, feel, etc.


    Am I going to have to disassemble an import and do a lot of adjustments?

    I realize that a large mill is severly different from a small one but can some of you provide some feed back. I have been looking also a Jets and Knuth.

    Any feedback on this would be appreciated...

    PS Rockwell used to make a small knee mill. Any one know where to find one?

    Thanks in advance!

    Mark

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    A local dealer here who sells mostly used machines but some new chicom stuff says that they don't know how to do 2 things: torque and deburr. He takes his apart and deburrs and retorques before selling

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    • #3
      If you're within range of Plaza Machinery in Bethel, VT, that might be a likely place to look for something. Sometimes Brothers machinery in Andover, MA, has good small mills.

      Of course, if you're in New Mexico, that won't help....

      I like the looks of the Jet JVM-836, but at 1500 pounds it might be a bit much to get into a basement unless you have walk-out access.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by kbmindustries
        I have been looking at benchtop Grizzly mills for several years, I have even stopped at one of their showrooms to look at the physical machines. I was not impressed with the stampings, the graduated collars, back lash, feel, etc.
        what benchtop machine are you looking at?
        1. seig x2 (G8689)
        2. seig x3 (G0463)
        3. RF-45 clone (G0519)

        Of the 3 the only one I would purchase would be the RF-45 clone, because is got a decent work envelope.
        -Dan S.
        dans-hobbies.com

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        • #5
          Seeing this thread makes me wonder what there is in the SF bay area.

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          • #6
            kbmindustries:

            Yes, Rockwell did make a small knee mill. It had a 6 x 26 table, R8 spindle...
            They are good mills but not supported, in the way of spare parts/service, by their maker. I have the 21-122, which has the horizontal(NT30) and vertical spindles. They are a bit on the small side but well made.

            Keep you eyes open for any on sale, you might try the yahoo Rockwell group.
            Also, Clausing made a similarly sized mill. I think there are even more of these around as I see them for sale more often. I've never run one but they seem to be decently regarded by their owners.
            I bury my work

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            • #7
              Look at Industrial Hobbies. They sell a very good imported RF45 clone.

              http://www.industrialhobbies.com/

              I purchased the manual mill with DRO's and power feed. I have not had any issues with mine. I had to take the mill apart to get it into the basement but setting it up afterwords was not a difficult process. Their website has good process instruction to complete the task. Also, Tommy will answer all of your questions and get you up a running. Great people to work with.

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              • #8
                Actually just saw this...I don't look at e bay much but here is one for sale
                http://cgi.ebay.com/Rockwell-Delta-V...mZ150317545786

                Looks a little used, hard to see well because pics aren't too good, not much in the way of tooling.

                FWIW
                I bury my work

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                • #9
                  Directions .Go down the street 2 blocks turn right go 6 more blocks turn left go to the next light turn left again go 6 blocks and turn left again then go 5 blocks and their you are . 1 mill.
                  Every Mans Work Is A Portrait of Him Self
                  http://sites.google.com/site/machinistsite/TWO-BUDDIES
                  http://s178.photobucket.com/user/lan...?sort=3&page=1

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