I would have to agree with a previuos poster - junk is junk. I have made
enough mistakes like this to know that this is like flushing money down the
I had a freind named Tom. His remark about these machines is that "they are
an insult to a machinist", and I agree completely. Do not reward their poor
craftsmanship with your hard earned U$D. Dont be fooled by a slick paint
job, there's junk in the trunk.
My advice to you, if you want a high quality machine, and the experience,
BUILD ONE. It is not as difficult as it sounds. You need some good large
bearings, or a shaft to hold a chuck. You can weld some things together and
hook up a motor to it, or even put a tredle on it. I've got a crappy one in
my garage for wax only, and it really does the trick.
Use some old hydraulic shafts as ways. You can easily find material to make
a temporary flat faced chuck. The only difficulty would be your cutting
tool. You really gotta be careful here because you dont want it to blow up
on ya, but I do not think that it would too difficult. You can obtain all of
these materials of superior quality from a scrapyard. You dont really need
carbide inserts either - you can use abrasive wheels as your cutting wheels
if you like (motorized). I'll bet I could do it for less than $100 and get
much higher quality than that mini-thing.
Maybe you'll get hooked on building machines and people will start buying
from you instead of all this Chineez garbage.
Let me know if you need any castings.