Sherline mill for hobby work
- Anyone have experience or thoughts on a Sherline?
I'm seriously considering one of the Sherline models for my first mill
for small parts projects like r/c heli parts.
It appears to be a good unit and sized practically for my small
workshop, but I've never even used a mill before, much less seen one
thanks for any tips,
- Hi Adam,
We have several folks in CAMS who use Sherline mills for RC related
parts fabrication. Another guy has converted to pure CNC and is making
mirror cells for laser and optical bench use. I've only used a Sherline
mill a few times as my needs are for larger equipment MOST of the time.
I've just started doing clock repair professionally rather than just for
fun, and either a Taig or Sherline mill would be very nice to have for
the smaller work. Taig mills can handle larger work than Sherline, but
Sherline has a lot more accessories available off the shelf, great
support, and the variable speed motor is truly a thing of beauty!
It is important to understand that mills of this size take small cuts.
You might want to take a look at Sherlines site, and also Nick Carters
site (www.cartertools.com) to get a bit more understanding of the
capabilities of small desktop / benchtop machines. As you already use
yahoo, you might want to join the Sherline and Taig groups and lurk a
while and read through the message archives. The Taig versus Sherline
question comes up periodically.
As you will almost certainly end up also needing / wanting a lathe, the
Taig / Sherline decision drives what lathe you purchase, as the same
headstock is used for both machines.
The small import mill / drills could be a consideration, but most folks
seem to end up having the tweaking of the mill become the hobby or at
least part of it rather than just using the tool to make stuff.
> Anyone have experience or thoughts on a Sherline?
> I'm seriously considering one of the Sherline models for my first mill
> for small parts projects like r/c heli parts.
> It appears to be a good unit and sized practically for my small
> workshop, but I've never even used a mill before, much less seen one
> up close.
> thanks for any tips,