A rolling mill ist not just a rolling mill. The used ones are not
always the best choice to make even if you are limited in finances.
Just give it a second thought, if you had a good mill, whould you
sell this one? If your mill doesn’t fit (or not anymore) to your
aspectations, whould you sell it for a less then its value ?
What I’m trying to point out is the fact that buying an used mill
includes a risk which can not be calculated.
Many mills are obused or not bin taken care of. Rusty spots, oneven
rolls by always feeding your stock into the same place. Gear wich is
not bin oiled well. I’ve seen people using sanding paper to clear
there rolls from little rusty pits.
I’ve purchased a rolling mill, years ago now, from Rio Grande being
an european. The same mill whould of bin 3 times more expensive here
in Europe. The one I have is a Durston mill with a 1:4 reduction. To
me this is smooth and easy working, I love it. I can use it for fine
detailed work or for heavy rolling actions. That mill takes it all.
You can ask people from Rio Grande or others to help you out in
order to choose the mill for your specifications. Rio had (or still
has) a small videotape you can buy in order to give you info about
rolling mills. Might be helpfull if this option is still open.
Don’t forget to collect all the you can get. It will pay
of and if you don’t have the finances yet for the mill which fits to
your standards… then wait untill you’re able to purchase the
correct mill according to your specs.
I hope that this info gives you a clearer view of rolling mills. I
know it’s not complete but other members of this forum have also
more info and finally you will end up with lots of do’s and dont’s
concerning rolling mills.