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Old 06-21-2017, 09:29 PM   #26
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Im sick of driving all over the place and begging machine shops to do my little one off BS projects. Its getting harder and harder to find a good machine shop that is willing to take on less than production volume work... Been looking at bench top lathes and mills, like this. http://littlemachineshop.com/product...ProductID=4841

At the moment I need to make some small bushings and hold an id/od to +/- .0005 and Im at a stand still until I get this done.

Anybody using these bench top lathes and/or mills for DIY stuff? What about combo lathe+mill/drill machines? From what I understand getting the combo machines set up is a PIA and they require frequent readjustment. Is it even possible to hold .0005 facing, boring, ect, with one of these machines?
Do you have a budget limit you want to spend, also how much spare space do you have for the machine?
This will also help to answer what you need.
How often are you needing to replicate those tolerances as theres no point spending 10k on a machine to get those tolerances every so often, if you can do it on a 5k.

I don't know him or anything about him but I think ALOKIN is the biggest tool in his tool room
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Old 06-22-2017, 10:46 AM   #27
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FWIW, I had a limited budget so was only able to get a South Bend 9", and a reaaallly old one at that (1922).
that sounds rad! gotta picture?

the oldest machine in my shop is a early 50's Pratt & Whitney knee mill. we still use it all the time!

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Why do you need that tight of a tolerance? Sounds like poor design if you need it to be that tight.

Relax the tolerance spec and your manufacturing options are much more open.
totally agree!!! i'm more curious what metrology equipment everyone is using to honestly and accurately measure their 5 tenths.
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Old 06-26-2017, 04:42 PM   #28
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I don't know him or anything about him but I think ALOKIN is the biggest tool in his tool room
^you'd be correct

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i'm more curious what metrology equipment everyone is using to honestly and accurately measure their 5 tenths.
any descent mic will measure single tenths, a cheapo china deluxe can measure 5
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Old 06-27-2017, 05:23 PM   #29
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any descent mic will measure single tenths, a cheapo china deluxe can measure 5
fur-shur, just derpin' on tenths. i have watched way too many "engineers" attempt to "measure" stuff with ZERO concept how to do so accurately.
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