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Micro Mills?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by backbencher, Dec 24, 2012.

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  1. mdemetz

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    If you want the best no-frills small milling machine you should look at the Taig. http://www.taigtools.com/mmill.html

    Those Sherline mills are very good quality but boy do you pay for them. The Taig is rugged and affordable.

    I owned one until I moved to Texas. I'd buy another if I had somewhere to use it. Avoid the Chinese mills. Seriously. Avoid.

    While I did not make too many 'gun' parts on my mill (As RC points out the lathe is the workhorse) I did mill a few slides for new sights etc.
     
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    Yeah, the Taig looks interesting, but I think I've emailed 'em already & they don't have a 240V motor, which may be what I need. We'll see - if I have the time, I'll post my setup here when I get it.
     
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    You could always get a step-up transformer.
     
  5. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    I think you're better off taking a machine shop class at some JC. I enrolled in an evening machine shop course myself.

    Last night I fixed a dinged up test bar by redrilling the center holes and then facing it on both ends. Afterwards a carbide bit was used to faced a Mauser 98 receiver.

    Good times.
     
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    Where are you thinking of living that FedEx or UPS don't deliver?

    FWIW, the shipping wt. may be 100#, but the mini-mill I bought came in 2 parcels, so individually <100#.

    If you go that route, remember that you'll spend far more on tooling than the cost of the mill itself: you'll need a mill vise, end mills, drill chuck, etc. etc.

    As someone else pointed out, better to take a course in traditional machining at a local community college first. That's what I did, & I'm very glad I did so!
     
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    I agree with Gary, its much easier to learn the basics on a bigger machine, those mini mills require high speeds and Tiny tools that break easy.
     
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