I am still learning…a student jeweler by far, and see the
usefullness for one of these machines. I have seen a economy
mini-mill offered on ebay for just over two-hundred dollars…and
what appears to be similar from Harbor freight tools for just under
200. on reading into the H/F one: Cen-Tech model 04832 I see that is
comes with five rollers so you have the ability to swap in different
ones as needed. it is smaller than some at three inch width, but the
rollers are 1.675" dia. so think will be sturdy, yes they are
hardened. it has a 3:1 gear ratio.
says max wire.197"
and max sheet.079
min sheet 35 ga
(i have not seen the specs on teh larger units honestly) my question
here is as i am a “starving student” should i buy this unit and use
for a couple years until i can afford a larger one, or go without and
wait until i am able to afford something from one of the main top
five manufacturers? I know that when i had worked wrenching on
aircraft and automobiles we would use the higher end tools as they
are guarranteed and usually better quality…and know im most
professions this is so.
I see that some of the economy jeweler tools are of extremely
inferior quality, but have been told by quite a few jewelers that
they often still use the cheaper items as they arn’t used as much so
don’t wear or break.
so before i go on any longer here. does anyone have feedback or any
insight into my delema?