I need your feedback on a good Mill and Lathe setup.
Well, the easy answer to that is Whatever you think it is... Meaning
there are as many combos as you like. This is what I have, though:
Nice folks - also
have a presence on E-Bay.
I actually have the KBC tools version, but
the link to that wasn't going to work. Be aware that ALL of the 9 x
(import) lathes out there are the same machine, just with different
paint jobs - Jet, KBC, Enco, etc.
The mill is probably second up in the world of "real" mills - R8
tooling, 2hp, 750lb. First up is the Rong Fu line. The one I have has
a dovetail z-axis and a gearbox, not belt drive. Of course, REAL
mills start at Bridgeport, but for a bench mill.... Nice Machine - I
use indexable tooling, and I can do anything I want in any material,
including steel. I have automatic x-axis feed, too, and put in
I had the smaller import lathe (7x10?), and stepped up to the 9 x 20.
It has a quick-change gearbox, much more power and rigidity, much
more reliable drive, it's more than twice the lathe than the smaller.
Again, a Logan would be nice, but this works quite well for me - I do
fairly low-precision work, mostly, by machine shop standards. I've
had the longitudinal feed gears strip on me lately, but Grizzly has
spare parts. I have a quick change toolpost, and also use indexables,
Yes, there's nothing wrong with the Taigs - Sherlines are awfully
small, though. I'm planning to get a CNC Taig or similar in addition
to my mill. But I use mine for "real" milling - toolmaking, indexing,
facing and the like.