27889Re: [mill_drill] Choosing a new Mill Drill
- Feb 1, 2011If money isn't an issue, it certainly opens up a lot
of choices. A lot of the popularity of the round column
milldrills has to do with their providing good capability
and versatility at a price that can almost be justified
for a hobby. If I were thinking about spending that kind
of money, I would also be looking at the low end knee mills
which also avoid the registration issues and may be more
robust than the dovetail column type. And a check around
for good used industrial machines would be prudent in this
economy. In other words, for what I spent for my RC milldrill,
I doubt you can beat it as far as bang per buck. Once you
climb up out of the low end, things aren't nearly so clear.
Of course, where you are also enters into the picture as
some options simply don't exist in some places and you
can't ship these massive chunks of iron very far economically.
But, here, for $2K, I could be looking for a Bridgeport or
Lagun or Hurco at fire sale prices.
> Hi All,
> I have been researching options for the purchase of a new mill drill.
> After ready the many comments already listed on this forum I had pretty
> much decided to go with a dovetail column rather than a round column. I
> have been looking at the HM-46 from Hare & Forbes.
> The HM-46 has a 6 speed gear driven head with a top speed of 1600RPM. I
> have also looked at the HM-32
> This is a round column unit with a 12 speed belt driven head and a
> maximum speed of 2040RPM.
> My question is this: Is this 1600RPM top speed on the HM-46 too slow for
> general machining in a hobby workshop?
> I will be working with a wide range of materials - steel, brass,
> aluminium, plastic etc. Any comments on maximum speeds or
> recommendations on the HM-46 vs HM-32 would be greatly appreciated.
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