I have my first-ever machine equipment (Jet BDB-1340A lathe and JVM-836 mill) coming my way and I'm scrambling to figure out what tooling I'm going to need to do anything useful with them.
Here is what additional items I have ordered so far:
Kurt Anglock 6" vise (with mounting kit) Starrett 436 mics in 0 - 5" range Mitutoyo test indicator (.0001) Mitutoyo dial indicator (.0001) Mitutoyo magnetic stand Mitutoyo dial calipers (.001) Starrett 12" straight edge Starrett center gage Starrett thread pitch gages Starrett steel parallels (just one set, 6"x1/2"x1") Te-Co 52pc clamping set Several grades of Mobil oil and grease (as spec'd by the Jet manuals) WD-40 (to be used as cutting fluid for aluminum) Safety glasses
It might seem stupid to list WD-40 and safety glasses, but I'm literally starting from scratch here.
I'm also trying to find a good precision level for setting up the machines as was discussed in another thread.
Other items I'm thinking I should get are a good drill chuck (at least for the mill, if not one each for the mill and lathe) and a live center.
The mill is coming with the Jet R8 collet set (which was on sale for only $65 and I figured I couldn't go too wrong). The lathe has the 3 and 4 jaw chucks, and 4-post tool holder and I have added the 5C collet drawbar and 5C collet set (both also on sale for crazy prices).
So the obvious thing that I'm missing is the tooling itself. I really have NO idea what to get as far as lathe cutters or end mills. Since I'm starting from scratch, I'm not going to be diving right in and trying to make some super complicated pieces, I'm just going to be practicing more than anything. Mostly aluminum for now. Does anybody offer a "starter kit" that is decent quality and has a nice assortment of such things? Or would I be better of just buying individual pieces as I need them. The biggest thing I'm lacking is any kind of intuition for sizing these items. For example, when looking at end mills, I don't have any idea why I'd pick a3/8" one vs. a 1/2" one. I'm *guessing* that the 1/2" one will be more rigid, which is good, and will remove material faster, but obviously you couldn't cut a 3/8" slot with it. Are those the only types of things I need to consider or do I have to be looking at the spindle speed range of my machine and then factoring in cutter diameter translated to surface speed and cross referenced with material type, etc? I'm used to buying carbide burrs for die grinders where you basically just eyeball it and say "that looks like it ought to tear some stuff up" :-) I have a feeling that end mill selection needs to be more scientific.
On the lathe cutters I'm even more clueless about angles, radii, etc...
I'm very excited about jumping in to all of this, but I've just about burned up every penny I have in what I've bought so far, so I don't really have a lot of room to buy a bunch of stuff that isn't the stuff I need!
Thanks for reading, Jeff