11186Re: RF-31 price et all
- Dec 2, 2004I lucked out last year and and got my hf33686 for $699 on sale. The
vice is well.....a $10-20 vice. If I need the tilting feature it's
better than nothing, but it will not do as a regular use vice.
I have really been pondering ever since I purchased this if I should
have spent the big duckies for the dovetail collum version.
But I have a sneaky fealing that for twice the price it will not be
twice the better machine.
Mine table is flat the spindle is quiet. I have cut .125 in deep in
steel without vibration (I suspect this is near its limit)
My luck I up-grade to a better mill design and get a lemon. And of
course sell the old good one first!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "ginsboy2003" <ginsboy2003@y...> wrote:
> Well here's what I've learned about my mill so far (HF 33686), keep
> in mind I've no experience with any type of mill.
> First, a plus is it came with a 2 hp 110/220 motor, not a 1 1/2 hp
> as advertised.
> The 3 1/2 inch angle vise listed as an accessory, wasn't. It looks
> like a junk drill press vise, so I haven't decided if I should
> complain about not getting it. The HF store is one hr trip one way
> and not worth a $20 crap vise. It might be a good vise, maybe
> someone can add their two cents and I'll decide what to do about it.
> After spending an entire day cleaning it off, (wd-40 sprayed on and
> let sit cuts the waxy stuff great), I let turned it on and let it run
> for 5 hrs. The belts on the top end are much quiter now, no
> vibration. I don't know how much I'll use it so I tried to simulate
> a month of use to see what would break while under warranty.
> I was a little worried about a slight noise coming from the spindle
> area, I could hear a slight ticking or rattling noise. It is a very
> small noise, some might not hear it, but I am anal about things so I
> investigated, and found it was only the bearing cage of the spindle
> bearing spinning. I thought it was the outer race at first and got
> sick but thats not the case and some noise is probably normal with
> Chinese bearings.
> It has 5/8 t-slots, so thats what I ordered for $29 on ebay, and
> found the chinese t-slot nuts about .010 too wide and the widest
> point on the t-slot. 3 minutes later slightly hitting each on my
> grinder fixed that. They fit nicely now.
> I checked the runout on the tip of the R-8 drill chuck arbor and
> found it to be .0005 using my .0005 test indicator. I haven't
> mounted the chuck yet, I might wait and get a better Jacobs chuck.
> Anyone have any advise on this, is it worth it?
> I haven't trammed it yet don't know when I will get a chance to, my
> wife is out of town and even though I've taken time off from work my
> 7yr old is throwing up now, so I I'm busy with that.
> I have a collet set now, advertised as .0006 tir on ebay by discount
> machine, which by the way shipped my order to me in 3 days! I have
> no endmills yet.
> With no end mills I haven't used it yet, I guess I could use the
> flycutter. I do go out and talk to it every day, turning it on and
> staring at it, rubbing a little oil on it. My wife just doesn't
> --- In email@example.com, "Chuck" <scallion172@y...> wrote:
> > There has been alot of helpfull posts about which mill/ drill to
> > It's a real confusing issue. Rong Fu vs. mainland china, round
> > vs. dovetail.
> > I'd like to set a cap at about $1,500 for a decent drill mill. That
> > would include shipping.
> > Lets see, we have Enco, Grizzly, Wholesale Tools, Penn Tools, Harbor
> > Freight, Lathemaster and many others to choose from.
> > This is just for hobby use.
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