View Full Version : Lathe and Mills

January 7, 2000, 05:15 AM
Could someone tell me what brands are good quality for home shop use. Dont want flimsy or cheaply made and prefer US or European.
Also dont want a sony digital bridgeport type CNC machine listed as there is no way in hell I will ever afford one. Thinking in the area of 10-20,000.00 dollars each. Didnt know if there were any made this cheap that were very good quality.

Would like floor standing

Joe D
January 7, 2000, 07:17 AM
I have a fairly large tool and die shop in my plant. When I saw the need to start replacing some of the old worn out machines the first place I looked was for US made equipment. Talk about sticker shock! I took a chance and bought a Taiwan made Vertical Mill. Think I paid around $5,000 for it. Ten years later it is still going strong. I have since purchased two more verticals and three lathes ranging in size from 12 x 48 to 24 x 120". They are all made in Taiwan. It is my understanding two factories make 90% of the equipment there. One thing I have on all of them is a digital position indicator. For $10,000 you can have a nice vertical mill and lathe.

George Stringer
January 7, 2000, 07:35 AM
Oberkommando, Myford lathes are very good and for a mill I'd go with Bridgeport. You can usually find a good buy on Ebay. Also you might want to check out this site http://www.chaski.com/wwwboard/machine/index.html There are a lot of knowledgeable folks there that have experience with just about every make imaginable. George

January 7, 2000, 02:03 PM
While on the subject,has anyone had any experiance with these folks? www.smithy.com (http://www.smithy.com) , Are these good enuogh for a serious "home smith"?

George Stringer
January 7, 2000, 09:40 PM
Matt, I'll send you an article on the smithy and let you be the judge. This one comes out of the AGA newsletter. George

January 8, 2000, 12:25 PM
JEEEEZ!am i glad i asked!thanks once agin,George