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Feb 19, 2002, 11:05 PM
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Sherline Mill

Hi all, I allready got a nice 9x20 bench lathe from enco, Now I need a mill. I would like a full sized one that uses R8 tapers, but I require something that is small and I can move.

SO I was looking at the Sherline deluxe vertical mill, Its a little pricey for what it is, and I have been looking at the 85lb oriental jobs you can get at various mail order houses. But people in the past on these boards seam to love Sherline stuff. Im going to be doing mostly aluminum, but I would like to mill steel, bronze, etc later on for other stuff. Is the sherline up to the challenge? and How do you like yours?
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Feb 20, 2002, 08:22 AM
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I would take a serious look at the Taig Mill before purchasing the Sherline. The Taig has more metal to make it stiffer (less chatter). Mine is due in any day now, I'll give you an update after I get my hands on the device.

In the meantime this person seems to have the best prices, he's nice to talk to and he has a fair amount of information on the product. Taig put their "seal of approval" on this vendor. Shipping is free!!

Feb 20, 2002, 09:15 AM
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There are several made in Asia mills available,which one do you mean? On my own list of "to buy" is the one from It is either made in China or Taiwan but according to grizzly, is amde to their specs and under their quality control. It's also heavier than the Sherline.
Feb 20, 2002, 10:19 AM
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Hello Bill:

My experience with a light mill has not been good. I have a compact 5 mill head mounted to a small (11 by 5 or so) XY table. The whole unit weighs about 60 pounds. The unit is just not rigid enough to use end mills, even as small as 1/4 inch, on steel. A 2 inch Fly Cutter is an impossible dream. About the only cutters that are useful on steel are 1/4 inch or smaller carbide burrs. The unit is actually only good as a rotary file. Aluminum is better but still not what I would call satisfactory. My small lathe (Compact 5) is much better for it's size. I have been thinking about getting the Enco 9 by 20 lathe also. I would then get a cross slide milling attachment and use the lathe for milling.

Just my 2 cents worth

Feb 20, 2002, 11:22 AM
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FYI. CNC enthusiasts may be interested in a page I recently put up describing my CNC router for cutting balsa..

Just curious guys -- what do you use the mills for that involve RC stuff? Custom motors?

Feb 20, 2002, 04:25 PM
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I have a Surline lathe I have had no problems with it I have had it for aprox 7 or 8 years if the mill is anything like the lathe it would be great
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Feb 20, 2002, 06:50 PM
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hmm, very mixed reviews, no different then asking a group of machinists

I'll just get that Rong Fu mill in Enco catalog. Dont klnow how im gonna move it, but it only costs a little more than a sherline, and I know it does everything.

Thanks guys for all the info.
Feb 20, 2002, 07:45 PM
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Almost double the price of the Taig. But if you want the rigidity and size and have the current available to run a 2HP motor then sounds like a deal. Bring your forklift!
Feb 20, 2002, 07:49 PM
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that's rong, fu
Feb 20, 2002, 08:13 PM
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I like my harbor Freight 12-speed mill-drill. It's the $995 one, but I picked mine up for $300 from a small shop going out of business. It's about 700 lbs, though, so it's hardly "portable". Harbor has a smaller mill-drill for $499 that weighs 150 lb #44991. Maybe it's worth a look.
Feb 20, 2002, 11:58 PM
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Mini Mill

I Have the small 150-lb Mini mill from Harbor Freight, although it felt like 300 pounds when I was try to pick it up and out of my truck, but I haven't had a chance to use it. I've been to busy putting together my CNC foam cutter. I've almost finished cleaning all the cosmoline/grease off it and probably set it up this weekend.

Feb 21, 2002, 10:36 AM
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Hello Owen:

Most of the hobby work I do is done on the lathe. I have found that my 70 pound lathe is more useful than my 60 pound mill, the lathe being much more rigid. The mill is used mainly as a coordinate drilling machine. I make motor mounts, alignment jigs, spinners, gearboxes, wheels from aluminum. The machine tools are also very useful for boring large holes in balsa and light ply. Although the power is very much overkill, the accuracy lets you do interesting things.

Hello Jim:

If it is not too much trouble, please post the results of that 150 pound mill. If the mill can use a 1/2 inch end mill and a 1 inch fly cutter on steel without chatter I might consider getting one.


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