18944Re: Machine selection for a newbie
- Jan 2, 2008Kevin, have you researched out the mounting of the power feeds? You
seem to be doing a lot of good research and may already be aware of
the "different-ness" of mounting a PF on these types of mills. The
"Bridgeport type" PF's, which are almost exclusively shown on ebay,
(like the one you mentioned) will NOT do a bolt-up on your mill. They
can be adapted, but is a fairly involved process.
There is a PF being offered now for the X axis on this type mill that
is supposed to be a bolt-on, mounts on the left side of the table,
looks totally different from the "Bridgeport" and runs some $50-100
more. Have also read of a couple guys saying the left side mount was
awkward .... and seems it would be to me also---being a rightie?
I think there are a couple pix/write-ups in the files/photo sections
on adapting these units to a RF-31 ... which looks to be the same as
--- In email@example.com, "kben77" <kben77@...> wrote:
> Hi Ed,
> I like it a lot ! I actually got a 2 HP motor when I think it is
> listed as 1 Hp or 1.5 Hp. If you buy one try and get a discount. I
> bought $600 worth of tooling and they sold me the mill for $1250. So,
> they definitely have room to wiggle on price.
> Thanks for reminding me about the Y-travel, that is why I bought it
> from PennToolCo. My mill came in good condition. I went to the
> http://www.industrialhobbies.com/ website and under the mill tips
> followed the sections for casting cleanup and wash down
> I am new to all this and that site has a lot of good tips for cleaning
> the mill and tramming the head, etc...
> I am now in the market for x and z power feeds and a DRO for the x and
> y axis. The IH website above references an ASONG-235 for the x axis.
> They are on Ebay for about $180. PennToolCo has an x powerfeed listed
> for $275. I will probably get a 2 axis DRO from www.cdcotools.com or
> one from www.meisterdro.com.
> Also, I have cut some pretty heavy duty mystery steel with it and have
> not had any problems. :)
> > Hi Kevin,
> > How do you like your Penn Tools RF-45? That is the one I want to get
> > in the next few months. I like the fact that the 'Y' travel is 9".
> > Most of the other RF-45 clones have a 7.5 - 8" 'Y' travel.
> > The new Grizzly mill is a good deal if you can live with the smaller
> > work envelope. I like all the power feeds on it.
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