In article , Anonymous. writes
I looked at the Dore Westbury in the 1980s but concluded it was limited
and insubstantial, and bought something else.
There are now many better things you can get for £1000. Several of the
regular second hand dealers have some decent looking mills for under
£1000, and Warco have some new ones within this limit that look as if
they would kick a DW into the middle of next week.
A note of caution, this is not based on any experience of using a DW;
others who have used it may be more positive.
In summary, £1000 is IMO at least twice what the DW is worth (unless
there is a shed-load of extras).
Having sat on most of a complete set of castings for several years now, I
would say that £1000 is twice as much as a perfectly made, exhibition quality,
one is worth.
If you really want one but don't want to spend that much, you can have my
castings and drawings for £100 (half what I paid for them), then make one up
....plus a ball turning attachment (for the thousand bloody handles)and the
prospect of unlimited workshop time for the five years it will probably
take you to make it!
Chris Edwards (in deepest Dorset) "....there *must* be an easier way!"
No Chris that's the Quorn cutter grinder, the DW is quite straight
It was a good machine in it's day and gave a lot of people a hand up [
me included ] but time moves on and we now have decent imports that
can better the DW both on cost and quality.
I bought and made a fair bit of stuff in the early days from MES who
did the DW. A vise, boring head, rotary table, all items that in those
days you would have to kill for but nowdays the castings probably
exceed the cost of some finished items.
Visit the new Model Engineering adverts page at:-
Don't have the room for a 1310. I can do lathe tools and milling cutter ends
on the 1400. I suppose I could do more drills on the bench grinder. There do
seem to be a few things that need a bit more elegance though
Watching the CNC tool and cutter grinder they got a few months ago at work is
a bit like the "2001 a space odyssey" Blue Danube scene on speed :-)