It being a dull day, I decide to respond to what Gunner
rec.crafts.metalworking , viz:
I can see the cascade now ...
Mill, you technoreject from the eight dimension!
I'll mill you, you unrepentant purchaser of Harbor Freight's rejects!
Ah your dog is ugly and your mother dresses you to look like a
Bourgeois Commie product of the oppressor class!
Right deviationist Trotskyite! You couldn't make a square part if your
paycheck depended on it!
on and on and on ...:-)
Get what you want to do first. there's stuff you can do easier on one than
the other. So I'm looking for something in the multi-mode line. (space
as an explaination for the decline in the US's tech edge, James
Which ever one presented itself to me, first. You'll
know it when you see it. Just start looking for both
of them. One will wander into your sights soon enough.
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It's kind of a toss-up, but generally people tend to go for the lathe first.
I did it sort of differently, myself. My first major machine purchase was a
small lathe and mill pair (individual pieces, though). Then later, I got a
large lathe (13 x 40), 2 mills and a 20 inch drill press.
If starting over, I think I would take a serious look at one of the 3-in-one
combos in the largest size and best brand I could afford. That way,
threre'd be a little more machine "capacity" than the tiny lathe and mill
pair I started off with. IMO, a 3-in-one would launch you into machine work
in good style. Besides, you'd be so happy to get away from hand tools it
would take a while before you began to notice the deficiencies.
Depends on what you want to make.
Most of the stuff I do is small. Personally I've found the
mill to be much more useful. Anything I needed to lathe I've
done on the mill. I'm only getting and setting up a lathe
now, more because I want it, than I need it. I think
this fits into the 'addiction' catagory as Scott says.
I've had the the mill now for 10 year & 2 days.
Check out the "gingery" books. You'll end up with metal casting equipment, a
good sized lathe, mill, shaper etc, no free time .. and a divorce :P
You can build a lathe with a mill or a mill with a lathe actually. Most
people start with lathes. I started with a mill.
You can get a minimill for about 500. A minilathe for about 400. You can get
micro versions of either for about half (the lathes dont actually get much
You can get a used industrial mill lathe MAssively cheap on ebay. Ive seen
full sized manual mills go for under $500. Of course you need to add $1000
shipping, have three phase power, a LARGE amount of space and a LOT of money
for tools and reconditioning. You can get a minilathe, minimill, and all the
stuff to get you equipped pretty good for about $1000 total (including
tools). Whatever you spend on the lathe or mill you will spend that again
on tooling for them (vises, endmills, calipers, etc etc).
Grizzly mills are immensely popular for hobbyist/home shop types like me. As
are the harbor freight mills and lathes. For smaller ones look at
sherline/taig (i emphasize smaller work). Id really reccomend one of the
harbor freight or grizzly mills. With a full sized mill you really need to
get high quality endmills etc, and they literally cost 20 times more.
Just my opinion :)
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