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    I am going to replace my cheapo Craftsman drill press. Any ideas guys? I was thinking on something like the miniature mill. Thanks Jack
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    Jack,

    Check out these sites.

    http://www.littlemachineshop.com/

    http://www.mini-lathe.com/Mini_mill/Main/mini-mill.htm

    http://www.homeshopmachinist.net/

    http://www.grizzly.com/

    I have been told by machinists, if you buy any type of mini-mill, make sure you get one with a R-8 spindle taper.

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    wow that looks a little pricey...

    Here's a really good recommendation:

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=44991

    If you have a HF shop close by, check to see if they have any sales. I was able to recently get a rain check for this when it was on sale (but sold out!) for $399.

    FWIW, this is the same casting as all the others... more info on that mini-lathe site, just follow the mini-mill link:

    http://www.mini-lathe.com/Mini_mill/...s/versions.htm

    Look for the metric-to-inch conversion kit, IMO that is a MUST-HAVE addon!

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    Jerry,

    Good to see you here, I think we are going to have a great bunch of people here, judging by the responses I've received so far.

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    Nice to be here!

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    Just got my 1st 8 inch drill press for $39.99 the other day at Habor Freight. It's a start at least and it will make my life easier in a lot of ways.

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    I have to include this link. Even with a mini-mill, the DRO is a great help. The cheap scales that are required for the DRO kit are available in 4", 6", 8", 12", 18", 24", 36", and 48", so it'll fit just about any mill.

    http://www.shumatech.com/

    It took me about 6 hours to build and program, but it came out great! I have the scales on order, so hopefully we can get them mounted on the mill soon. I'm dying to finish off one of the DSA AR-15 0% forgings using this thing!

    The only thing to watch out for when you convert from metric to inch is that the dials may wind up at an odd dimension. Dad's mill has metric screws with English dials. The dials read 0.125" per turn, instead of 0.100" or 0.200" per turn. You just have to be careful with measurements and double check everything before commiting to a cut or drilling a hole. Some of the conversion kits include the correct screws with the dials. Those are the kits to buy.

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    Thanks guys, admin, thanks for the sites. Look, my old friends from a different land, this is so freaking cool . It is just so cool to see you all here. Note, the admin here is a great bunch, not rude, helps out, and does not belittle members. This is the way things should be. Jack
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    Quote Originally Posted by scubadvr
    I am going to replace my cheapo Craftsman drill press. Any ideas guys? I was thinking on something like the miniature mill. Thanks Jack
    Scubadvr,
    Did you have problems with the craftsman drill press? I am less than thrilled with mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scubadvr
    Thanks guys, admin, thanks for the sites. Look, my old friends from a different land, this is so freaking cool . It is just so cool to see you all here. Note, the admin here is a great bunch, not rude, helps out, and does not belittle members. This is the way things should be. Jack
    Jack, thanks for the invitation!

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