Wow, thanks all for your advice, very helpful indeed. I am looking
for a good all around mode, for wire & sheet. I don’t do roll
I’d like to address some specific comments:
Neil, Good point about ‘truly cheap’, but one essential feature for
me is combination rollers. The only really cheap models I’ve found
either don’t have combo rollers, or they only have 4 increments on
square wire. The Durston model that fits that bill, combo rollers & 7
wire increments, plus with reduction gears, is $795. Can you
recommend a website that sells the cheap ones?
Douglas, I was going to get a Pepe mill, but they seem to be sold
out locally (NYC). I was told by a local & trusted dealer that Pepe
is in the process of moving their facility & not producing them at
the moment. But it’s worth a call to Contenti to find out more about
the mill. If it is a Pepe I may go for it.
Robert, I do take classes & have been using the mills there for
years, but the classes are currently over until late September. A few
weeks ago when I absolutely needed a mill that day, I drove 2.5 hours
to use the only available one I could locate. Not being a young woman
myself, my patience has run out too, which prompted my decision to
buy one… It’s time. Also, thanks for the tip on the rollers &
surface hardening. I do always reduce in small increments though, I
was told it stresses the metal less.
Eileen, Can you tell me which casters you use? If they can be locked
tight enough to not move while putting lateral pressure when cranking
the mill, awesome, I will definitely do that.
Judy, On the raccoon front, I can’t believe how cunning they are. I
live in a somewhat urban area, a mix of houses & apartment buildings,
& am amazed at how they flourish. I watch them out the window of my
apartment at night, it’s hysterical. But where do they go during the
day? I mystifies me.
Thanks everyone for all the other comments. All very good info.