Re: [mill_drill] Enco Rong Fu sale mill/drill
- That is a good mid-sized machine (vs the mini mills or the full sized mills) and it will probably work well for using in the second level of the garage. Being that it weighs about 750 lbs, you may need to do additional supports for the 2nd story flooring. Just to be a little bit safer, you should probably keep it closer to the walls versus the middle of the area. The full sized mills weight too much and the mini-mill have more limited rigidity and travel.
For me, the downside of that particular mill is that the head would not rotate 90 degrees and I like having the geared head vs changing the belt for different speeds. Others would prefer the square column vs the round column but for me, it hasn't really affected what I can do on it. You just have to plan more.
The next part is the time vs money. There are less expensive versions of that mill/drill like the HF version here:
But you would need to add a power feed (about 300) a dro system. The DRO systems can run from several hundred and up They go from the Shumatech 350 (it has issues with jitter and other things) to Chinese DRO systems to more established systems. The shumatech can be assembled yourself while here are two examples of the chinese types (about 600 each.
Instead of buying the stand you could make your own or buy a wood stand from someplace like Home Depot or Lowes and put your own top on it. The pr-emade stand is already setup for catching fluids if you use different types of coolants. However you would still need to provide side panels and a coolant system for the drain (a lot of people do just a mist or machine dry).
So by doing parts of it yourself, you could lower your cost from 3100 to (1100+300+600+200) about 2200 for nearly the same setup and extra work.
Another thing you need to consider is the extra tool you will want to either make or buy. Here is a site where the person made a few of their own tools for the mill and lathe.
http://homepage3.nifty.com/amigos/index-e.htmlMaking your own tools will help improve your skills and give you functional tools at the same time.
Overall, this is a wonderful hobby and it gives many people pleasure at the ability to make your own tools, repairs, model, and prototypes. Enjoy.
From: David Van Mill <nomous69@...>
To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 9:49 PM
Subject: [mill_drill] Enco Rong Fu sale mill/drill
I am still looking for a small mill/drill to put in the second story of my garage where my shop is located. I have been watching Craig's List and nothing seems to come along. I would kind of like to get one before I am too old to read the dials. Sometime back someone mentioned that Enco runs some sales on the Rong Fu models. They currently have a model PW240-7155 which includes 3 axis ACU-Rite VUE DRO, Enco power table feed, cabinet stand, and chip pan, normally $3759.98 on sale for $3099.95 plus free shipping. Might as well get all the goodies at the same time!Any thoughts on this. I am just looking for something to play with and probably will never work it up to it's potential. I believe this sale ends in March.Thanks for your time.David Van Mill / nomous69
- Well if you ever want to rent out your nephews, let me know. All I have is a 16 year old son, pretty dang smart but just getting into his growth...
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "largrin" <LarGrin@...> wrote:
> My mill drill had to be carried about 70 feet, then through two man doors to get it into
> my basement. I got a few real strong nephews. Not too bright, but strong.
> We took it apart on my trailer, they carried it in, then we reassembled it in place.
> Not an easy task, but doable.
> A friend saw it, and asked how we got it in there. I told him it is simple- I move all my heavy stuff with $20 bills.
> Another guy asked how I would ever get it out of there. I told him that, when the day comes, whoever my widow sells it to can worry about that.
> Larry in WV
> --- In email@example.com, David Van Mill <nomous69@> wrote:
> > I had made the decision to order the Rong Fu mill. I had credit card in hand and was about to make the call when I realized that the sale lasted through April. I decided to look a little longer and put off ordering until the last day of the sale. Well something came up on Craigs list and today I put money down on a Grizzly model G0729 which has the power feed table. It is located only about 20 minutes from my house. I should pick it up this weekend. It should be a challenge getting it loaded on a trailer or pickup and home into my garage. Does anyone know if these are easily broken down into slightly smaller parts?
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> > I am anxious to get it but not move it. The person that owns it showed me a hole in the vertical column and said the way it was moved itÂ was to put a steel bar through the hole and attach a sling and move it with an engine cherry picker. Has anyone done this? I am open for suggestions. Thanks for all the feedback on my original question. I hope I have made a good decision.
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> > David Van MillÂ / nomous69