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  • SignWave
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    i bought a grizzly mini mill

    I went to look at a grizzly mini mill tonight. I bought the thing. Its pretty much a toy compared to what I had in mind but right now space is at a premium and my money is all tied up in a cnc router tabvle tha ti have yet to see arrive...

    This mill has the very basic of provisions.. one collet, some wrenches and a set of allen keys.. I guess i'll have to start collecting now...
    its in great shape, all the dials are tight and have bery little back lash.

    for what i need it for, its a good start. I'll post a few pics when i get it.

    the guy i went to see- fresh out of UBC department of mechanical engineering... had a huge 6000 pound bridgeport at one ned of the shop and a huge 5000 pound CNC mill something or other at the other end of the shop.. Sigh.. some guys have all the luck. and he had a small craftex lathe and all the other acoutrements. bits vises, hold downs , tooling etc coming ou tthe wazzu...

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  • SignWave
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    Originally posted by turbo38t View Post
    I have a smaller Clausing bridgeport type machine with auto travel side to side......it's mint. Looking to get $2000 for it if anyone is interested. Dave
    Dave,
    Where are you and do you have any pics?

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    I have a smaller Clausing bridgeport type machine with auto travel side to side......it's mint. Looking to get $2000 for it if anyone is interested. Dave

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  • jkmola
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    This guy has a nice bit of info on mini lathes - including mods and making must have accessories. Should prove interesting.

    http://www.varmintal.com/alath.htm

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  • bob_e95482
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    For the past few years, I was wanting a Smithy. I bought my used(barely) Rong Fu type mill for $350. Then a month later I bought a Logan 9"x 16" lathe. I'm glad I have each dedicated machine. Setups take time; a lot more time I would think with an all-in-one machine. Especially if you have to go back & forth from milling to turning.

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  • SignWave
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    Originally posted by PLWeld View Post
    Sign, I have a Smithy mill/lathe combo and I LOVE IT. The machine you're looking at is somewhat similar, just without the mill head. Otherwise, if you'll use it, get it! My girlfriend always tells me if purchasing a certain machine or tool makes the shop more efficient and more productive then get it. As long as it's going to be used or needed! If you're looking at getting a smaller machine (like the one your looking at), check out the Smithy lathe/mill combo. I would say worth the "little extra" money to go that route, the mill has come in handy for me. I got mine used and paid $500.00 (well worth it) Let us know what you end up doing.
    Will do PL. Im just starting this little adventure so there is time. I dont want to get something thats going to leave me in the lurch for that one good paying job. So a littel research and some pointers seem to be a good idea.

    You can never ever go wrong if you spend you money on tools.No matter what the cost.
    you can lose you shirt on a car, truck, boat or other toy...no matter what the cost.

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  • PLWeld
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    A very handy addition

    Sign, I have a Smithy mill/lathe combo and I LOVE IT. The machine you're looking at is somewhat similar, just without the mill head. Otherwise, if you'll use it, get it! My girlfriend always tells me if purchasing a certain machine or tool makes the shop more efficient and more productive then get it. As long as it's going to be used or needed! If you're looking at getting a smaller machine (like the one your looking at), check out the Smithy lathe/mill combo. I would say worth the "little extra" money to go that route, the mill has come in handy for me. I got mine used and paid $500.00 (well worth it) Let us know what you end up doing.

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  • SignWave
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    second choice better than the first?

    Hi Everybody,
    This is what I found today... Of course once again it is an offshore.
    this would be a little better as I have some space restricitons..

    http://busybeetools.ca/cgi-bin/pictu...7&NTITEM=B2229

    any thoughts?

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  • SignWave
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    Originally posted by aametalmaster View Post
    You can always buy a bigger one later. I started with a 6x12 24 years ago and now have 2 South Bends plus 2 of the 6x12's...Bob
    you've got one too many.. Can I have one? PPPPPPPPPPlease!?!?!
    A big one....

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  • arc
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    looks just like the same 1 that they have at princess auto 4 $499 lots of other manufactures make equipment for them

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  • tdkkart
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    ...........you can make small stuff on a big lathe, but you can't make big stuff on a small lathe...............

    A small lathe is a good addition to a shop that already has a big lathe, and vice-versa.


    Personally, I'd go with bigger before smaller, but it all depends on what you're needs are. I like the 10-12" sizes for my needs.
    If your needs and space demand a small lathe by all means do it.

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  • Fishy Jim
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    But Bob, you make little stuff all the time.

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  • aametalmaster
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    You can always buy a bigger one later. I started with a 6x12 24 years ago and now have 2 South Bends plus 2 of the 6x12's...Bob

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  • bob_e95482
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    That looks like a nice little unit. Go for it.

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  • SignWave
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    So many choices.... Thanks for all the great links you guys. Ive been doing alot of reading for the last two hours.. My eyes hurt...
    Im not sure if I should go this route or actually go out and get a full size.. The old saying- go big or go home.. kinda applies. The mini thing would be great but what if I want to make something larger than 2" in Dia...
    could leave me a bit stuck and back on square one.

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