Thread: Home milling machine?
03-17-2017, 08:42 AM #11
- Join Date
- Mar 2008
- Dallas Texas or so
I've heard good things about some of the Grizzly units.Tactical may not always be practical, but practical is always tactical.
I'd rather be right than politically correct!
03-17-2017, 11:32 AM #12
That one you found for $238 looks like a good value if you don't want to build your own.
03-18-2017, 11:53 AM #13
Between posts yesterday, I used the HF mill to open up the dovetail on my Great Plains Hunter barrel for a "primitive" rear sight. Lyman makes a beautiful rifle, but their adjustable buckhorn rear sights (on left) suck. It got a little stressful towards the end, but I stopped about ten thousands short so I could use a file to final fit the sight and not screw up a three hundred dollar barrel.
03-23-2017, 02:58 PM #14
Quality is paramount in mills. Ball screw slop, lack of precision in the dove tails for the axis, slop in the spindle, will all add up QUICK. Seriously "entry level" for a manual mill should be a used (but in certified good condition) bridgeport. If you want CNC, there are good American made mills that can be had for a couple thousand, namely the Tormach 440 - 1100, depending on your HP / workarea needs.
03-23-2017, 03:21 PM #15
...and you can run a Tormach "manually" or semi manually if you wanted. I didn't realize you could pick one up for only a couple grand. That's in the same neighborhood as a well used knee mill. I'd get the Tormach.
03-23-2017, 03:23 PM #16