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  • Jim E.
    See the Photos section, Jim E. s Photos Mods Z-Axis Dial Indicator Holder. This is the z-axis stop modified a) for easy removal/replacement, and b) to hold
    Message 1 of 12 , Jul 5, 2005
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      See the Photos section, Jim E.'s Photos > Mods > Z-Axis Dial Indicator Holder.
      This is the z-axis stop modified a) for easy removal/replacement, and b) to hold
      a dial indicator. Mount the stop/indicator assembly under the spindle box,
      plunger up, so that the plunger is depressed when the spindle is lowered.
      That'll put a readout more at eye level - and show accurate distances, at that.

      Graciously,
      Jim
      Lakewood, CA
      All Hail Rube Goldberg!

      Lowell Johnson wrote:
      > snip
      > The only big problem for me is reading the z axis dial . . . it is too
      > high for mr to see from the chair! Most of the cutting I have done so
      > far has been z axis independent so no need to accurately read the z
      > position, however I can read the dial divisons with a "dental type
      > mirror".
      > Hope these helps. The mill and the bench have opened some closed doors
      > for me.
      > Lowell
    • Charles Keeney
      Jeff, Mini-mills come on the used market for sale occasionally but not with any great frequency and very rarely with any appreciable discount. Your best bet
      Message 2 of 12 , Jul 6, 2005
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        Jeff,

        Mini-mills come on the used market for sale occasionally but not with any
        great frequency and very rarely with any appreciable discount. Your best
        bet may be to make your way to a Harbor Freight store such as in Woodbridge
        and purchase a new one. I think they are on sale until mid-July but call
        the store to learn the date for sure. I think they are around $450.00 now
        which is $50.00 off the normal price of around $500.

        I would not be overly concerned whether it is R8 or MT3 in case you fall
        into a deal on a used one - or a new one for that matter. Others have
        addressed that topic.

        Because you mention RC and small applications, many have found that the
        micro-mill fits their needs just fine and you can save a bit on the price
        of the new machine. List is about $300 compared to $500 for the mini-mill.
        Sale price for the micro is usually $279 whereas $450 is about as good as
        you can hope for on the mini and that is pretty much just one time per
        year.

        Good luck,

        Charles





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        07/03/2005 08:14 PM
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        I have had a wood shop for years, and most every machine I have, such
        as drill presses or others that are tall I have to modify and make
        shorter so I can change the speeds on the belts.
        I do a lot of R/C racing and am always wanting to make, or modify a
        part in way or another.
        I am in a wheelchair, and thus cannot reach very high for things, so
        the big mills are out of the question. My neighbor has three big mills
        a Brideport and two older mills and after being around them I know I
        can't handle them.
        So from what most people know after they have used their equipment do
        you think one of the Mini-Mills a Grizzly, Harbor Freight style etc do
        what I might want to do. I DON'T plan on doing anything large at all,
        and would be nice if I could find someone in my area, which is Northern
        Virginia that wanted to upgrade and get a larger mill.
        The one thing that seems to bother me with most of the small units is
        they take a MT3 rather then a R-8, of which most everyone seems to have
        tools for.
        Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
        Jeff







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      • Jeff Fischer
        Hello Charles, I went down to Woodbridge last night and picked on up. I am now deciding on how big of a bench or stand I want for it and will weld one up in
        Message 3 of 12 , Jul 6, 2005
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          Hello Charles, I went down to Woodbridge last night and picked on up. I am now deciding on how big of a bench or stand I want for it and will weld one up in the next day or so, then work on buying some tools for cutting. Thanks for the advice, Jeff

          At 12:19 PM 7/6/2005, you wrote:

          Jeff,

          Mini-mills come on the used market for sale occasionally but not with any
          great frequency and very rarely with any appreciable discount.  Your best
          bet may be to make your way to a Harbor Freight store such as in Woodbridge
          and purchase a new one.  I think they are on sale until mid-July but call
          the store to learn the date for sure.  I think they are around $450.00 now
          which is $50.00 off the normal price of around $500.

          I would not be overly concerned whether it is R8 or MT3 in case you fall
          into a deal on a used one - or a new one for that matter.  Others have
          addressed that topic.

          Because you mention RC and small applications, many have found that the
          micro-mill fits their needs just fine and you can save a bit on the price
          of the new machine.  List is about $300 compared to $500 for the mini-mill.
          Sale price for the micro is usually $279 whereas $450 is about as good as
          you can hope for on the mini and that is pretty much just one time per
          year.

          Good luck,

          Charles




                                                                                                                                                   
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          I have had a wood shop for years, and most every machine I have, such
          as drill presses or others that are tall I have to modify and make
          shorter so I can change the speeds on the belts.
          I do a lot of R/C racing and am always wanting to make, or modify a
          part in way or another.
          I am in a wheelchair, and thus cannot reach very high for things, so
          the big mills are out of the question. My neighbor has three big mills
          a Brideport and two older mills and after being around them I know I
          can't handle them.
          So from what most people know after they have used their equipment do
          you think one of the Mini-Mills a Grizzly, Harbor Freight style etc do
          what I might want to do. I DON'T plan on doing anything large at all,
          and would be nice if I could find someone in my area, which is Northern
          Virginia that wanted to upgrade and get a larger mill.
          The one thing that seems to bother me with most of the small units is
          they take a MT3 rather then a R-8, of which most everyone seems to have
          tools for.
          Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
          Jeff







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        • tyranorbis
          i have gotten a micromark mini as my first mill, since then have upgraded to a grizzly g3103 the mini- imho has a few flaws in its design thank fully there are
          Message 4 of 12 , Jul 6, 2005
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            i have gotten a micromark mini as my first mill, since then have
            upgraded to a grizzly g3103
            the mini- imho has a few flaws in its design thank fully there are
            support groups out here that address them
            have you seen or read about the siege x3 the bigger brother of the
            x2 aka mini-mill siege's website http://www.siegind.com/index.htm
            the only import i know of is www.lathemaster.com and a support group
            out their is http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/lathemaster/ off
            hand
            as far as the minis if i was to doit again i would buy
            grizzly,mainly for after purchase support
            they have fixed me up nicely on the g3103
            the mini cannot get close to the table with a standerd collet on
            tosionbar setups so you have to go with a endmill holder or quick
            change system if you dont want to mod the machine

            heres a few things that to me is required
            1 if it has torsion bar trash it and get a economy airshock kit from
            www.littlemachineshop.com
            2 if it has mt3 convert the spindle to r-8 with a kit from
            littlemachineshop
            3 add the powerfeed on x-axis asap
            4 add a digital read out, if you know how to solder then look to
            www.shumatech.com and http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ShumaTech/
            for the readout by adding a dro you can almost forget about the
            slop in the x,y,z and produce better stuff
            5 take out or leave the center gibscrews loose


            --- In GrizHFMinimill@yahoogroups.com, "Jeff Fischer" <jeff@t...>
            wrote:
            > I have had a wood shop for years, and most every machine I have,
            such
            > as drill presses or others that are tall I have to modify and make
            > shorter so I can change the speeds on the belts.
            > I do a lot of R/C racing and am always wanting to make, or modify
            a
            > part in way or another.
            > I am in a wheelchair, and thus cannot reach very high for things,
            so
            > the big mills are out of the question. My neighbor has three big
            mills
            > a Brideport and two older mills and after being around them I know
            I
            > can't handle them.
            > So from what most people know after they have used their equipment
            do
            > you think one of the Mini-Mills a Grizzly, Harbor Freight style
            etc do
            > what I might want to do. I DON'T plan on doing anything large at
            all,
            > and would be nice if I could find someone in my area, which is
            Northern
            > Virginia that wanted to upgrade and get a larger mill.
            > The one thing that seems to bother me with most of the small units
            is
            > they take a MT3 rather then a R-8, of which most everyone seems to
            have
            > tools for.
            > Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
            > Jeff
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