Thats what I am taking bout.......teh f-class rest is kickin butt...my unfair advantage is gone:mad:. I wish that I had access to some machinery and the skills to build some cool stuff. Actually I am thinking about buying a jett 14x60 and a big jett knee mill from southern tool, but am going to do a lot of shopping first. If I get them, I am going to have to talk you into driving up and helping me and Mr. Don set them up?
I admit that I know just enough to be dangerous.....but dangerous at ever extending distances.
As soon as I get a place to put a shop without the worry of it getting flooded I'm jumping in and buying a lathe and mill.
You definatly need to shop around , you will be amazed at the way the prices range from company to company. Jet makes good stuff , it woulden't be my first choice for a full time production shop where the tool will see 8-12hrs running a day but the chances of that happening are slim to none. I have setup a few Jet lathes and mills as well as the MSC name brand mills and supprisingly they are very well made. At work we have Bridgeport , Clausing and Lagune mills all of which are pretty bit manual mills 3hp with power feeds in all three direction I'm very disapointed in the Lagunes and I'd rather work with a table top Enco before a Clausing. The Bridgeports are the top of the line and stay true the longest , the one that I'm constantly dealing with problem wise is dedicated to running a 4" Fly cutter and some of the production machinest try to make way to heavy of cuts at way to fast of feed rates so it beats the hell out of the tool.
I'm actualy going to Mobile one night this next week to setup a lathe and mill for my dads friend ,he bought them both from Grizzly ,I'm intersted in seeing how well they are made.
I'd like to have these things anodized but the closest people that I can find are out of north Alabama and they want me to ship it all to them before they will even give me a ball park idea as to what it'll cost. I'm gonna ask around and see if anybody local does it.
Lots of practice and LOTS of screw ups , just here reciently I made a major foul up running a new CNC that uses way more codes that it needs and the programer doesn't want to listen. While running a 2 million dollar machine with a $3000 cutter I crashed it into a part for a $40,000,000 gas tank !!! So when you dick up a part or break a cutter don't feel bad.
Just keep makin chips and keep your digets out of the way , I'm gonna try to get some pics of what happens when you get your hand to close to a 4" fly cutter running at 1500 rpms , a guy was using his hand to sweep some chips off of a part and thought he wasen't that close , now he'll be picking his nose with his middle finger as the index was ripped off.
These two rest were just test runs to see what it was exactly I wanted , the real deal will look alot better.