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Milling & Turning

Discussion in 'Milling, Drilling, & Cutting' started by John Noon, Oct 8, 2016.

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  1. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Didn't see anything relatively new so here goes. Thinking of a milling machine for Christmas or sooner if the urge becomes uncontrollable :roflmao

    Very limited room and was originally was looking at a combo unit milling machine and lathe for cutting bolster and other small parts. Would something like this mill/drill get me by or am I stuck going larger?
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    Originally looked at the Grizzly unit
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    Like the combo idea as it fits the bit of space I have and can cut threads or turn small wood projects.

    So what does everyone else use out there?
     
  2. Kevin Cox

    Kevin Cox KC knives

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    I have the top one in my shop . And been very happy with it .I have very little use for a lathe so I don't have one.
    Buy a good quick release chuck for it and a full set of collets to go with it and I think you'll be happy.
    I've done a lot of cutting with mine and so far so good sure the bigger ones will be better but just doing bolsters for knives and Reg stuff I'm happy .
     
  3. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    A milling machine is on my short list of next major expenses. Also looking at that King.
     
  4. Kevin Cox

    Kevin Cox KC knives

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    King is nice but I think busy bee tops them . If I was to do it over the cx602 from busy bee would be in my shop.Alittle more money but to me worth it. But I'm still happy with my king and probably if I had the cx602 I would be still looking at something bigger lol.
     
  5. Brian

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    Do I need both a drill press and a milling machine?
     
  6. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    A mill can do drilling but a drill press does not have the proper bearings for side loading like a mill. So short answer buy both of course :)
     
  7. Icho-

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    A couple years ago I started looking into lathes. I was looking at getting the ones they sell at princess auto or harbor freight in the states. I ended up getting a used and old Logan 210 lathe. It is old but solid and even though it is about 20 years older than I am, it will still outlast any of the import lathes. It was actually cheaper too. I could have gotten a really nice lathe for I think it was $550. Only reason I didn't get it is because it was a little too big. The guy also had Bridgeport style mills but I found out too late...by only a day!:mad: I still got some good stuff though.

    If you get a mini mill then you probably need both. When I get my standard sized milling machine my drill press will be for sale.

    Surface grinder is also on my list.
     
  8. Kevin Cox

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    Surface grinder is on my list to .
    But I would keep the drill press . I have a milling and 3 drill presses and still would like a few more . I hate changing things .
    Milling is set slow for steel . Drillpress is set fast for wood .
     
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    It would be nice to keep but I don't have a big enough garage for everything I want so sooner or later it will probably be a decision I will have to make.
     

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