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    Default Mini mill

    I'm looking at buying a mini mill. What are your preferences and why? I am looking at HF or Grizzly due to cost considerations.

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    I'd go with the Grizzly, it's a few bucks more but if you need anything for it you'll have a better chance of getting the parts in a timely manor.
    I also heard that Grizzly has tighter quality control with their machines, while HF doesn't.

    Is there a certain model your looking at, I think Grizzly has a couple?



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    I say Grizzly to for the parts. I did have great luck with my old Smithy Midas, I was still able to obtain any parts from their Michigan branch.
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    Ordered the Grizzly small mini mill tonight. I think the model was G6859 or something like that. Should be here in 3-5 days!! I'm stoked! thanks for the input Tony!

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    When I got my mill it was well tooled with vise, index head, clamps, super spacer, right angle heads, DRO & more,. My lathe had zero tooling except DRO, 3 jaw chuck, steady rest. Bottom line is tooling is expensive! For me Craigslist is my go to for machines. Ebay for tooling rules! If you know what you need and what has value, have bought tooling bundles and made out like a bandit. One example is I bought five turning tools with inserts bundle for $150. Kept the two I needed with boxes of inserts, sold the rest for a profit. Buying one tool at a time is expensive. Patience and persistence works for hunters, fishermen and home machinists. My buddy and Coils here said get on Enco email list. About one every 4 to 6 weeks they have a one day special with double codes for free shipping & 15-20% off. If you need new this is the way to go. Got a 8" 4 jaw chuck with mounting plate for my lathe for less than $150 shipped doing the above. Best of luck with the new mill.

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    I have the Grizzly Mini Lathe and the HF Mini Mill no difference in quality that I can see . Parts for all of the different brands of these mini machine can be purchased at http://www.littlemachineshop.com/

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    d65 did you recently join the Mill_Drill group on YaHoo? I think I seen your post earlier if you did.
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    Did you see this thread?

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    Yep. Sure did. Howdy!

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    Yep. Sure did
    LOL are you answering 762x39 or me?
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