Originally Posted by ICANHITHIMMAN
Is there a disadvantage to having a mill with a column that will not tilt? I am of the understanding that the same cuts can still be made, but added set up is required?
Yes, there is an advantage to a solid column. They can be vastly more ridgid. Probably not a concern for you at this point. Most of the same "cuts', as you put it, can be accomplished with the proper work holding devices and added set-up time. My concerns with "table top" machinery is their overall lack of weight. The weight is usually sacrificed in the way the table is mounted and supported and in the quill. Without a knee to raise up to the cutter, the quill will have to be lowered thus lossing some rigidity for your cutter. Most of those good dovetail cutters are carbide, and, as I mentioned before, carbide is not very forgiving of a weak set-up. Good work holding is, also, quit expensive. If you get that table top machine, by no means skimp on the vise. And, buy a decent set pf parallels, too. What taper does this thing have? R8? I know, holders are everywhere, cheap. With the 'lessor' machine, buy the best you can afford. Also, go to the trouble of supplying 220/230 v instead of just plugging in it in to 110/115v, you'll come out ahead in the long run. It's just alot harder to do professional quality work on 'hobby type' tools.