Milling machine & Lathes
Posted 26 September 2012 - 11:53 AM
Thinking about learning how to mill my own metal parts. I have been reading a little, looking at some videos, and checking out the Sherline site.
I think some of you folks mill your own stuff. And I am wondering what's the best way to get started? I am not an engineer, I am a advertising writer. So the CNC stuff looks pretty daunting to me. BUT I am dying to make my own velocity stacks, engine blocks etc. I think it's something I can learn to do.
There is a great shop near my work that has a very nice Sherline package of both a milling machine and lathe, with all the necessary attachments. Pretty pricy @ 2900. Thoughts?
Thanks for your help!
Posted 26 September 2012 - 03:09 PM
invest in some good diamond bit tooling and also the replacement tips for your lathe is very nice. You can get some soft aluminum from K&S and special order from them some 6160 aluminum or even go to Alro Steel if you have on near you.
Posted 26 September 2012 - 05:05 PM
I have a combo 7" X 18" lathe/mill in my garage. It's not a Sherline so I can't comment on that.
I took a couple classes at my local city college for free (no credit) because they were sponsored by the local unions. Very informative.
I don't machine parts for every model I build but it's helpful for some parts
Posted 27 September 2012 - 05:05 AM
Any thoughts on this machine and the asking?
I'd say that's a little high for that model Sherline mill, but I suppose it's Canadian dollars so I guess it's not too far out of line. I question why the seller didn't take better photos of the mill, though. I would go with factory-new tools because then you won't have any nasty surprises. I have a Taig lathe and love it. Sherline makes great tools and you will pay for the quality. CNC is cool, but it adds a tremendous amount of money and complication to the setup. I'd suggest you get the manual machines (possibly with CNC motor mounts) and learn how they work before taking the next step up to CNC. You'll probably find you can do most everything manually.
Posted 27 September 2012 - 07:18 AM
In 2009, I took the plunge, bought a Sherline Mill, and I have to say, it's one FINE piece of machinery.
If one is going to make the investment in machine tools such as these for modeling, make it a "one time buy", and go for the best you can both afford and give house-room to. You won't be disappointed.
Posted 30 September 2012 - 09:43 AM
I say if u have the money, go with Sheline. Top notch stuff.
Posted 30 September 2012 - 02:25 PM
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Edited by MicroNitro, 30 September 2012 - 04:16 PM.