I am in the market for either a vertical or a universal small milling machine with a similar work capacity to my Myford ML7, and am looking for recommendations please. The Sieg X3 looks to be almost the right size but the table seems to be aluminium and rather flimsy. If I bought an old secondhand British or American machine what would be suitable models at about this size?
It would have to be something that runs on single phase 220 volt, or an inverter from a domestic power supply.
Midland exhibition was a bit of a surprise, almost no models except a lot of sit-on-sized steam traction engines (outside). A fair number of traders, but a bit cramped, both stalls and people spaces.
Could have been more traders though - no Chronos, AET, Amadeal, Tracy, Gloster, Rotagrip..
Chap was selling smaller Axminster and Proxxon machines, but I don't think he was Axminster it/himself. No Clarke, Sealey or Draper machines (no great loss).
A considerably bigger venue is needed though.
Looked at the Chester and Warco milling machine ranges - wasn't overly impressed.
The Chester lathes looked good value though, well discounted.
I'll try and find some better milling machine links, but ...
The one I saw at Bristol was this:
but on reflection I saw it in isolation - it was the only milling machine in that size there - and I didn't see it working, so I am no longer so sure about it. Looks fairly good, at least yes: good value - I don't know any more. You'll have to twist his arm if you want MT3 instead of R8.