I fought the advice of others for a couple of years before getting a
microscope. Once I got one, I found it cumbersome and difficult to
use. I really questioned whether it was a good idea or not. After
about three of four weeks, I started getting used to it, and now I
couldn’t live without it. I also found that at first it slowed me
down considerably, but as I got accustomed to using it, it actually
improved my efficiency and speed. You won’t be sorry if you decide to
get one. Just stick with it for the first month or two.
As to the Meiji versus other brands, you get what you pay for. As
David Huffman observed, the Chinese model’s zoom function is annoying
at best, downright frustrating at it’s worst. Don’t dismiss this as a
small and insignificant difference. You will use the zoom function a
lot. There are also many other scopes available, in many different
price ranges, but dollar for dollar, the Meiji with the GRS Acrobat
arm and ring light is the way to go, imho.
I think I would probably mount the scope on one of the benches you
already have, and save the left over cash towards another scope. I
think you will find it to be extremely awkward to keep jumping up and
down from one bench to the other all the time, and waiting for the
other guy to finish with it. You also will have to outfit another
entire bench with tools, unless you intend to move your flexshaft and
all the rest every time you want to use it. If you intend to use it
only for inspection, just use the one in the laser.
Don’t mess around with the boom style mount. Save up and buy the
Acrobat. It is well worth the extra money. So is the ring light as
opposed to the cheaper boom style halogens. They get hot.
I use the scope for everything, and I mean everything. I have a
doubled up GRS adjustable height bracket that I use to drop my bench
pin, and soldering station with so I can solder or carve wax or use
my engraver’s block for engraving and stone setting under the scope.
If it looks good under the scope, it looks great to the naked eye.
Standard disclaimer. Anyone that thinks I’m in cahoots with GRS read
my post concerning the GraverMach versus Steve Lindsay’s AirGraver.
GRS would have fired me.