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Old 04-29-2014, 08:28 PM
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Milling Machines.....?

Anybody have any experience with small milling machines?

I've been looking at a couple of the smaller ones from Little Machine Shop

this one: HiTorque Micro Mill, Solid Column 2MT Spindle - LittleMachineShop.com

Or a cheap one from Harbor Freight:

Mini Mill - 2 Speed Mini Milling Machine


I have very little experience/knowledge, and a smallish budget...... But I have these ideas in my head that need to get made. I don't need super accuracy (not yet anyway) or a large capacity as these parts are somewhat small. Mostly making prototypes of aluminum components for a few truck part ideas I have.


Any body know any good resource sites, books etc. to set me in the right direction?
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I went with the larger HF unit it's a RongFu RF 30 clone/ knockoff but I have had it 10 years and does what I need

any smaller and I couldn't get some stuff done like when a drilled and tapped my steering knuckles for a crossover steering and some other items

the smaller unit may work fine for but it will be slower to drill/mill

as always if you go HF wait for the best coupon/sale
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for $700 if you're not cramped for space, i'd keep my eyes peeled for an older bridgeport I or II thats a little worn over restricting myself to a cutter less than 1/2"
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just remember some of those need electrical adaptation if you want to run on household current
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That's a good point

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I may have to consider going larger it seems.......
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Yep, I looked around at some used Bridgeport machines, they want some serious coin lol. plus they were all three phase.....

I've narrowed it down to a few machines, but not sure on whether to go Morse or r8. I see alot of people saying r8 due to the wider selection of cutters but others say Morse is cheaper to buy for, but you'll have to repurchase tooling if you go to a bigger mill. I guess the larger machines use r8?

Do you guys have a preference?
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Old 05-01-2014, 11:26 AM
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my vote is R-8. you can buy endmill holders and run common size tooling without losing rigidity in your setup. I know that not many smaller machines can handle the force required to NEED that rigid of a setup, but small endmills like to break enough as it is.

i don't know where you are located, but there's a clearinghouse site that a lot of CA school districts use to unload surplus machines from programs that were murdered by administrators and state officials called interschola Interschola - Current Auctions - Shop Equipment

there's a full size horizontal mill on there now for $500!
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Old 05-01-2014, 11:42 AM
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Yeah, Cali is about 3,000 miles away. Shipping would be a bit expensive lol.
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