Re: Milling Machines

George Hollwedel

I have had a Sherline for years and I like it. Mine is totally manual...

Prototype N Scale Models (TM)
by George Hollwedel
PO Box 143566
Austin, TX 78714-3566
512-796-6883 cell

--- On Mon, 8/16/10, Bill Welch <fgexbill@...> wrote:

From: Bill Welch <fgexbill@...>
Subject: [STMFC] Milling Machines
To: STMFC@...
Date: Monday, August 16, 2010, 2:57 PM

I have been spending time online looking at small milling
machines as 
I anticipate some model making/building challenges. For
example one 
project could involve cutting apart several SFRD 50-ft
reefer roofs   
and reassembling into something very different. This is
requiring more precision I believe than a razor saw and
NWSL True 
Sander can accomplish. Another task will be to remove
material from the surface of something very cleanly. In
addition to 
styrene, I imagine work with resin and brass.

So far I have identified three systems:

Sherline--which is the smallest machine at 20.75 inches
high, 33 lbs 
and "electronically" controlled motor speed with an
website with great information that helped me understand
what I will 
probably want in terms of a cutting or milling device. Did
not see HP 
of the motor stated

Taig is 21 3/8 inches tall and weights 65 lbs and 1/5th HP
motor if I 
read and understood it correctly. One dealer has a website
that looks 
exhaustive and probably more serious than my needs. More of

dedicated machinist resource

Micromark/Harbor Freight which from what I can tell are the
machine appearing under other labels as well. (There is a
Freight very near me and I went over to see if the had one
on the 
floor but they did not. They did have the equivalent lathe
from the 
same manufacturer and it is a serious tool.) It mill has
two variable 
speed ranges  with a .47 HP motor, is 110 lbs. and 33
3/4 inches 
high. The Micro Mark/Harbor Freight examples are bigger
than I need I 

Initially I believe most of my work will be with 3/8 inch
shank "End 
Mills" to do the cutting. These cut on the end and the

Pricing on all is fairly close IMO. I am wondering if
anyone on this 
list has experience with any of these systems and can
comment on them?

Bill Welch


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