New mill decisions
- OK, I know you get tired of this but I am making the final decision
on a new mill. I read through the last several months posts and I
guess I missed a great deal on the Enco 9X42 at 2,295.00. Oh well
So here is my list. I would appreciate any and all comments and
reccomendations even if I have missed a unit.
Grizzly G3616 Cons: only 14" between spindle and table (although it
says both 14" and 16"), Belt drive, Pros: has ram head, builtin
powerfeed and oiler, full sized. Price is good at 2,195.00 and is
only a couple of hours away so I could pick it up.
Enco 20" square column mill/drill Cons: Min spindle to table is 10"
which seems very limited, no ram head, not full sized Pros: gear
speed change, compact size, 18" head to table Price 1,585.00
Enco: 8X30 Cons: Not full sized, low height just 66" (my current unit
has the table set at 43") seems like this is too low to be
comfortable. Pros: Spindle to table is 16.75",
As I write this I think I am leaning towards the Grizzly unit. But
the spindle max to table does bother me.
- I have used a Wholesale Tools dovetail geared head machine for four
years. I paid 1195 plus shipping. It is an excellent machine and the
biggest bargain IMHO.
-- In email@example.com, "relston57" <raelston57@...> wrote:
> Thanks to all for the input regarding machine options. I'm still in a
> bit of a quandary, WT can order a dovetail geared head machine for
> $1245, there's none to look at on the showroom floor. I don't like to
> buy before I see .They did have a Chinese RF31 clone, ($799) the the
> table, ways, fittings, etc. looked serviceable enough. The shiny
> chromed and difficult to read dials looked cheap. At Rutland we pried
> the lid off a crated Rutland branded Rong Fu.($1149) The first thing
> that caught my eye was the nice larger satin chromed dials with the
> crisp inked in numerals. It ships with a clamping set, 3"end mill,
> chuck, and vise. My impression even though I couldn't really look it
> over in detail was that it is indeed a more refined machine than the
> Chinese copy.
> Having no milling experience I'm having trouble visualizing the kind
> of projects where I must change head height during a process. The
> thing I have an immediate need to do are straight and woodruff keyways
> on small shafts, flats, facing, slotting plates, etc. I'd love to have
> some examples of operations involving height change during the
> processing of the fixtured part. I'm sure there's many, somtimes my
> brain needs a kickstart to see past my immediate needs. It may help my
> decision making a little easier.