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Default Mill for making laser parts

so i am looking to get a bench mill for making parts. mounts cases precision heatsinks.
I have a 6ft standing mill but its just a bit to big and it needs to go.
So i have been looking around but wanted to know if any one here has gotten one of the mini mills and cares to voice an opinion on what one are good.
My budget is around 1,000$
depending on what tooling comes with it
i was looking at this one
LittleMachineShop.com - HiTorque Mini Mill & Tooling Package


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Old 10-10-2011, 03:35 AM #2
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That mill is quite nice, it is actually a micro-lux brand, $700 here MicroLux High Precision Heavy Duty R8 Miniature Milling Machine
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I have no idea what that machine is, but it's probably a chinese "sieg" mill like the minilahtes and x2/x3 mills. Grizzly makes a nice mill, called the G0704, it's a beefy mill but over budget.

I'd say search craigslist for a bridgeport, but if your complaining about size now I don't think you'd have room for one of those. You will hit the limits of one of those benchtop machines, I can almost guarantee that. If you are hitting the limits of a three horse bridgeport your doing it wrong
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well my 6ft standing mill is a one legged horse that takes up a ton of room besides from huge amounts of power there is no precision with that thing.
My arms get tired when trying to crank the darn thing but if i loosen the thing wont stop vibrating.
there is not enough lube in the world to solve that mill problems.
i bought it for 100$ and its worth more than that in scrap.
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well my 6ft standing mill is a one legged horse that takes up a ton of room besides from huge amounts of power there is no precision with that thing.
My arms get tired when trying to crank the darn thing but if i loosen the thing wont stop vibrating.
there is not enough lube in the world to solve that mill problems.
i bought it for 100$ and its worth more than that in scrap.
The gibs of most of these cheap chinese desktop mills will not be much better. You'll have to crank them tight and put the extra muscle into the hand wheels to get anything accurate done.

That being said, you can make them better. You'll need to make some better gibs, most mills and lathes come with some hard iron crap. If you have the patience you can replace that with a tapered bronze or aluminum-bronze setup that will glide easy and stay true.

Don't expect either of those mills to be great out of the box though. They should be good enough to fix themselves if you have the time and patience.
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How did I miss that part?

Yer doin' it wrong Kiy!

Damn, you edited it and messed it all up....

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Default Re: Mill for making laser parts

i had an idea to use my 9" x 20" Geared Head, Belt Driven Benchtop Metal Lathe
and add a head to it
Mill & Drill Machine Head
i wont pay 400$ but maybe 300$
Wondering if its a good idea.
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You can attach a third axis to your carriage and chuck up a endmill in the spindle for a quick and dirty lathe to mill conversion. Sometimes you can find attachments ready made for this, some come with an R8 collet chuck to use instead of a three/four jaw chuck.
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yea i made a small one using a old vice. but i just want something good and stable.
if i need a large unit i can drive 40min and be at a real machine shop. i just hate driving when all i need to do is mill a few small heatsinks.
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i have a -

Chester Machine Tools - Conquest Mill Super

and extras ive added

16mm chuck
3 axis dro's
belt drive kit - X2 Mini-mill belt drive kit

the mill cost me 500 and ive spent another 500 on accessories.

cracking bit of kit and all you have to do is do a search for posts ive made to see some of the stuff ive made with it
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