Yes, on the Durston. Yes, most definitely on the Durston.
The second question depends on the work you do now and what your
plans will be later. What kind of metalsmith/jeweler are you. I have
a small combination rolling mill. For me, I think only a wide flat
plain rolling mill would have been the better choice. However, I took
the advice of a professional bench jeweler. I don’t use the wire
part, as I order milled metal. HOWEVER, now that the price of metals
has taken a bit of a leap, I think the wire portion will be quite
useful. If I could order the perfect mill, I would order a large
combination mill and consider it, although expensive, a very worthy
investment into my future.
Your question comes up frequently, and my feeling is to look at it as
you would a car. If you plan to do craft shows and haul tents and
stands from place to place, purchasing a two seater car would be
silly. If you drive to the market and back, buying a Hummer would
also be silly (although people do). Determine your needs, your work
load and then if you are still having a hard decision, talk to
Durston reps or to Matthew Durston. He is a wonderful and
approachable person who is interested and invested in finding the
right mill for your work.
Durston Rolling Mills
Hospital Hill, Waterside
Chesham, Bucks HP5 1PJ UK