Well i got the machine, it was damaged in shipping like the last one. I think it’s minor everything seems to be working. Still got to tweak some thing but I’m hoping to make some chips this weekend. I’ll post some pics later.
What mill did you pick?
I second this inquiry.
A Grizzly 758. I know it’s Chinese and not the best out there but it is what is in my price range.
They are nearly all Chinese until you get to the really big bucks. The smaller ones do ask a bit more of the machinist in order to get adequate precision.
Yeah i had 2 hours in setup yesterday and i ain’t done
Excellent! Start with some simple work and get to know the limits.
Solid carbide endmills are nice, misting system is a nice addition, DRO’s, clamps, collets, precision chuck, pretty soon you realize the cost of the mill is not the defining factor!
I would do a bit of checking and tramming first. Make sure the spindle is 90° to the table. In both directions.
Oh that’s nice.
Apparently some folks definition of start with some simple work is different then others!
Agree with @Mosinvirus about checking the tram, these square column bench mills are usually pretty solid, but you did mention it took a beating during shipping. .
Edit, that’s a gorilla of a vise.
That’s a mighty fine fancy machine to make arrowheads and beads with. you injuns done gone hi tek.
Spent days checking and squaring the mill. Yeah the vise is overkill. I may get a smaller one. As far as simple start that seemed simple enough.
What can i say casino money has been put to good use.
Can’t have too much vise unless it starts cutting into your vertical clearance. I do a lot of 1911 stuff with a plate jig so I don’t loose any vertical, also a 3" screwless and a 4-1/2" with a rotary table. The 4-1/2" is a copy of a well known brand, not for high tolerance work but has its uses. Difference between good and bad vises is how much the part rolls when applying clamping force and the live jaw lifts a bit. Put a dial indicator in the quill and try it, crappy vise will lift 3-4 thou, quality >.001 Screwless doesn’t have those issues. (Neither does a jig). Jigs are a good easy practice projects.
Yeah this vise isn’t good i ignored all warnings to just buy a kurt vise. I had to shim the vice on the x axis. To level it.