Re: [mill_drill] Re: RongFu, RongFu, whacha' gonna do?
- Many years ago I owned a RongFu RF40 as well as several other clones. If you can manage the space, even a worn Bridgeport is well worth the effort in comparison to any of the mill/drills. If you are patient, full size Bridgeports or Bridgeport clones show up on CL (possibly not in the Bay area but definitely in Portland/Seattle) for $1500-2500 pretty often.
If you really want an RF45 I've been happier with all the machinery that I've received from WT Tool than anything I ever got from Enco, HF or Grizzly. Also, I would not pay extra for a 'genuine' RongFu - the differences are smaller than the differences in individual shipments from a single vendor.
That said, it really depends on what you want to do - if you have minimal steel/iron milling needs and you're patient, a mill/drill may be perfectly suitable for you. But if you want something that can really hog out steel, you really want the mass of a Bridgeport. Somewhere I have some pictures of surface finish comparing a 1/2" end mill taking a finishing pass on still with the RF40 and the same pass with my Comet (BP Clone). The difference is night and day.
>You know I hadn't seen that Clausing but it looks interesting. Funny
>thing is it doesn't show up on CL if you search for "mill", but it does
>if you search for "Clausing". The spindle taper is a little troublesome
>to me (lathes.co.uk says they came with either a M2 or BS taper). Can
>you still find parts for these? Funny thing is, it looks a lot like the
>small knee mills that Griz and others sell. If that is the case (the
>case being that the Griz version is a knockoff of the Clausing). If so,
>then that table is going to be smaller than the RF-45.
>I have seen BPs appear occasionally on Craigslist. If I were to go for a
>used one, I don't think I would be willing to pay more than around
>$1500, mainly due to the fact that I would still be worried about
>getting a junker, and wouldn't want to put too much into it up front. It
>has been 10 years since I last used a knee mill, and back then I didn't
>know what I was doing. If I met one today I'm not sure if I could tell
>what kind of shape it was in. Ah well, more to think about...
>So do you have a BP or one of the RF clones? Or better yet, one of each?
>I am kind of interested in hearing from people who own or have used both
>about how they performed.
>In any case, I have some time. I have put a restriction on myself of
>getting the plumbing and electrical straightened out in the garage
>before I get any more toys; and that should take me at least a month.
>--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Jerome Kimberlin <kimberln@...> wrote:
>> On 8/4/2011 3:06 PM, mattdbartlett wrote:
>> > I'm in Santa Clara, CA. Unfortunately that means that any showroom
>is a long way away.
>> Matt, you said there were no cheap Bridgeports in your area. Well, you
>> are in the Bay Area and there are 2 for sale right now at less than an
>> RF-45 will cost you, IMHO - 2700 and 2500. There is also a Clausing
>> 8520 which is highly desirable among hobbyists. These machines are
>> currently on Craigslist. There are even mill/drills listed on Craigslist.
>> Richmond, CA
- On 08/07/2011 04:10 PM, CS Mo wrote:
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