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Old 01-22-2020, 09:12 PM
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I am interested in doing some hobby metal working and plastic machining. I would love a Full size mill but do not want to take up the space in my shop. Are milling drilling machines any good? Brands?
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Depends on the material youre working with and its size. M/D machines are fairly limited in the scope of tooling they can run. The M/D machines Ive seen are just a drill press with a cheap wobbly x,y,z axis table on them. I have a bridgeport series 1 in my hobby shop and it will do nearly anything I need. I also have four large cabinets with a lot of tooling, which is where the real cost comes in. I easily have over a 100k just in tooling for it.
If youre just planning small parts, 80% recievers or similar sized soft steel or aluminum parts then a M/D machine may work
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Induma mill in my shop. Wouldn't have anything else.
The small machines are not that great and typical of ChiCom junk.
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I would find an old Bridgeport to be honest. It wont be wasted space.
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bridgeport or bust
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Is this anything like what you are after...my neighbor is trying to get rid of it....

Mill Press Drill,...REDUCED!
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Bought a Taiwan mill drill several years ago. Better than Chinese but not a Bridgeport. Use it a lot. Go big as you can fit.
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Check out enco for decent quality Chinese stuff. Much better than mini mills and similar.

we have a Bridgeport and jet professional 3 phase mills and a much smaller enco. The smaller mill gets 10 times the usage as the larger ones due to being plenty precise for most things, and being significantly faster to set up.
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I have one of these.It's been a great machine for home use. I got the mill/lathe combo and use it a lot.

https://smithy.com/
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I bought a mini mill from these folks. https://littlemachineshop.com/ Very happy with it. I also have my Dad's 1947 sears/southbend 618 metal lathe. Currently making a Stuart 10V steam engine with these machines and they perform great for this application. I even bored out the injector pump body for my generator with the mill. At the end of the day it is usually the indian not the arrows that determine the outcome of the battle.
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If it was me I would probably buy one of the Grizzly or Little Machine Shop benchtop machines. Preferably used. Yes they won't do things a larger machine will do but you can always upgrade.
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I just picked up an old Shoptask from a neighbor for $600. I love playing with that thing and shocked that I never pushed through to get something like it 20 or 30 years ago. It came with a table which is nice because I didn't want to take up the only benchtop that I had that could hold it... it's about 600 lbs and I used an engine hoist to move it.

I was just getting ready to create a thread on a few of the projects I made with it... some with sections of my old 1 3/8 propshaft that I cut into pieces.
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Originally Posted by triumphrick View Post
Is this anything like what you are after...my neighbor is trying to get rid of it....

Mill Press Drill,...REDUCED!
This is a great machine, as good as they get for an imported "hobby" machine. I have the Jet version of it in my fab shop and use it often for small jobs when the other machines are set up. Being single phase is big plus, that will save you some cash and aggravation.

If your anywhere near it, I'd jump on it.
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I have a bridgeport here, it is a good machine, can do about anything with it, but to do anything productively you need something much bigger
would make a good hobby machine if time wasn't important
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Any of the "cheap" ones good for an 80% lower?


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Originally Posted by dave8311 View Post
Any of the "cheap" ones good for an 80% lower?
Pretty much all of them.
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Grizzly
Don't weigh a ton and does not require a 3 phase converter.

https://www.grizzly.com/products/Gri...th-Stand/G0704



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I have a HF 1.5 horsepower unit and my only complaint is the ability to adjust the Z axis. If I knew then what I know now, I'd pick up a square column unit. Otherwise, the size, etc has been great.
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As mentioned above one of the biggest drawbacks is the limited range of movement on the different axis'. It makes setups a lot more difficult unless youre working on very small pieces. A M/D would be very useful for doing 80% lowers but unless youre doing a bunch of them (which could bring legal issues into play) it might be more ecomnoical to just buy a really good drill press and a quality two axis machinists vise.
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Speed about $1200 and you can make all the 80%lowers you could want

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