You know what's bad?-- Just came from E-bay where I flagged a couple of those and I don't have a clue as to what to do with them!
Hrm very interesting... you have any links to the discussion? I'm curious as to what they said. All HF stuff is imported, just like Grizzly stuff, and so if the quality is "good enough" then I'll get one.febisfebi said:just dont go near the harborfreight one. a couple members on another board got them and are absolutely disgusted.
Ah, yes! A poor man's lathe indeed. I look at it as a lathe "alternative". I would use it both ways- turntable pointing "up" or pointing "sideways". When you set it on its side you can precisely machine things in a radius and this could be handy. For example you *might* be able to turn down a barrel journal for insertion into a Chinese pre-ban rifle, but you'd have to make a jig to hold the barrel end. Put the barrel in the jig/turntable and use your end mill or fly cutter to mill into the journal.Winn R said:Yes.
Maybe a poor man's lathe? Vertical mounting surface? How to arc without a spark? Another toy?
I wish I would have found these forums 6 years ago before I bought my Smithy!! I would have known to get a seperate Milll and known what tools to buy. I bought the machine and then found I'd have to spend a lot more to do anything with it. I'm finally just starting to use it for some small simple jobs. Oh well live and learn.:smile:Toten Kopf said:As I have said before, you can spend more money on mill tooling that the price of the mill.
With all my tools, I still bought the dimple die set. Lazziness maybe or just helping out another fellow AK'er.gunnysmith said:Winn
If You get the "lazy susan" only a lack of imagination will stop it's many uses.
The mag well dimple dies are easiest made on the rotary table.
I can imagine the uses you'll find for one. :headspin: