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    Thinking of buying a small mill / lathe..

    I have a sizable tax refund coming to me soon, so I was considering getting a small milling machine or metal lathe so I can build more stuff.

    Has anybody used these machines from MicroMark, or similar?

    MicroMark MICROLUX MILLING MACHINE

    MicroMark MICROLUX 7 x 14 HIGH-PRECISION HEAVY-DUTY LATHE


    Supposedly the mill and lathes are made by a company in China, Sieg Industries:
    http://www.siegind.com/
    http://www.siegind.com/mill-y.htm
    http://www.siegind.com/lathe-y.htm


    I'm only looking for a benchtop or tabletop machine, as most of my work would be limited in size.

    Anybody with machinist experience have any comments?



    I've wanted a mill/lathe ever since I worked on a Bridgeport mill in High School, and a giant metal lathe even before that..

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    I've been wanting to get a benchtop mill too. I've got access to a large one at work, but man, I want a CNC mill (from what I've seen, decent hobbyist-class CNC mills go for around $1500...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mushin
    I've been wanting to get a benchtop mill too. I've got access to a large one at work, but man, I want a CNC mill (from what I've seen, decent hobbyist-class CNC mills go for around $1500...)
    Plans to convert these mills/lathes to CNC versions go for about $50..


    I believe the estimated cost for a CNC retrofit, making the parts yourselves, is somewhere between $300 and $600, on top of the ~$500 for each machine..

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    So how're you planning on doing a $300 - $600 retrofit for $50? If you decide to go forward, I'd definetely be interested in your plans/results. I'd be all over a $550 CNC mill!

    edit: oh, do you mean the cost of the plans are $50, and the cost of actually doing it are $300 - $600? Phooey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mushin
    So how're you planning on doing a $300 - $600 retrofit for $50? If you decide to go forward, I'd definetely be interested in your plans/results. I'd be all over a $550 CNC mill!

    edit: oh, do you mean the cost of the plans are $50, and the cost of actually doing it are $300 - $600? Phooey.
    Yes, exactly.

    Plans are $50, cost to do it is $300-600..


    However, I don't think that includes all the necessary components, like the stepper motors, controller, etc..

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    why would you need a CNC? Are you going to start making 50 or more of each part. If you are going to make a few parts it would be faster to do it non CNC setting up the CNC takes time that will only be paid back if you run manny parts. The trick is knowing what to do when and how to do it.

    I have not used the mil or lath you show but would think that you could use them for smaller projects that did not need +-.001" they should be able to do .010"

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    Quote Originally Posted by vajimbo
    why would you need a CNC? Are you going to start making 50 or more of each part. If you are going to make a few parts it would be faster to do it non CNC setting up the CNC takes time that will only be paid back if you run manny parts. The trick is knowing what to do when and how to do it.

    I have not used the mil or lath you show but would think that you could use them for smaller projects that did not need +-.001" they should be able to do .010"
    Oh, I wouldn't need CNC from the start, but it's a neat idea that there are plans out there for conversion.


    And I think this mill can do .001 tolerance - the dials are .050" per turn.

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    Before I bought my current machine (not benchtop, so my model would mean nothing to you) I was looking at some of the smaller machines. I may have looked at the machine you have there, but I would never remember. The problem that I had with the smaller benchtop models was that they were not very stable machines. Even with smaller parts, there was significant chatter. The machine itself seemed put together well enough, but I wasn't very satisfied with the quality of the work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiltjim
    Before I bought my current machine (not benchtop, so my model would mean nothing to you) I was looking at some of the smaller machines. I may have looked at the machine you have there, but I would never remember. The problem that I had with the smaller benchtop models was that they were not very stable machines. Even with smaller parts, there was significant chatter. The machine itself seemed put together well enough, but I wasn't very satisfied with the quality of the work.

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    So what kind of a mill are you using?

    And how much was it?


    Got any pics or links to a similar model?

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    I am using a Grizzly brand. I have no idea what model (I'm at school, so the machine is about 6 hours away.)

    It isn't the greatest of quality. But, there is very little chatter when trying to cut a straight line. I ended up buying a combination lathe/mill. I can cut pretty much anything, but since its a combination machine, I have limitations with length. But, nothing I have done so far couldn't be done on this machine.

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