Thinking of buying a mill
July 20, 2008
Hey guys. It seems like I keep running into projects where I find myself thinking, "man, a mill would make this step a lot easier" or thinking of a part or bracket that could be useful to be able to make. It seems like a mill is one of the more universally useful tools, so I'm considering investing in one. But I don't know much about them, and I was hoping someone here could provide some input. I remember someone here mentioning they were a machinist.
As far as budget, I could handle something in the $300 range without too much trouble. $600 could be doable if I save up for a bit, and if it's really going to add a lot more utility. If I can't get something useful even in that range, then I guess now is not the time to get one.
I see that Harbor Freight has a small mill for $320. But I don't really know exactly what I need in a mill, so I don't know if that'd meet my needs. The fact that they call it a "Micro mill" makes me wonder if it'd be too small.
There's another larger one for $580. That's a good bit more money, and still it's described as a "mini mill", but maybe that's what I need. I'm looking to fabricate robot parts, brackets, etc, not machine brake rotors or things on that scale.
Do you guys have any suggestions or advice?