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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-29-2010, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Looking for some "small time" machining equipment.

I'm looking for a few shop tools. I don't need anything real fancy.
Metal lathe- kinda small and old is ok
mill-
bandsaw-
index head
Also, may be interested in face mills, inserts, end mills, etc.

Let me know what you got, and if you'd trade it for a 97 Blazer 4x4.

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Really the best place I have found lathes , good metal cutting band saws , brake lathes , valve grinding machines and so on Have been at auctions from old schools getting rid of their old shop equipment . If you search on Eb** for the items you are looking for you can find many from schools that way . I have found some really great deals like that too ! Other than that , C. list is another good place to find that stuff .

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I'm thinking real hard about one of these:
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=5980

Anyone have one or similar? I'd like some opinions.

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That machine from harbor freight is a little on the small side. They work great for little stuff. If you look at the dimensions, there isnt alot of room to work with there.
I have one of these : http://www.grizzly.com/products/Combo-Lathe-Mill/G9729
Harbor freight also has one that is cheaper(same machine as far as I can tell)
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=44142
They have auto feeds(make threads) and can fit larger items in the lathe. I actually widened some 15" wheels in mine(although Ill never do that again)
Mine has came in very handy.
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jake i have one of those machines....good enough for bushings spacers minor dicking around. not for anything that needs to be within one thousands of a inch. fwiw
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Whatever you buy, make sure you get a 4 jaw chuck. The only thing a 3 jaw chuck is good for is holding hexagons. With practise, a 4 jaw dosen't take long to set up.

A set of collets are very handy for small round items. Quick and easy to set stuff up to run true.

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