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      Hi guys,

      I've been wanting to buy a milling machine for a while now. It's a little hard to come up with the dollars, but the machines I've been looking at (the imports) are up $200.00 since I've been looking. Let me figure this out. Sales are down because of the ecomomy, so the price goes up. Must have slept through the supply and demand part of my basic business course.

      In anycase I'm about to take the plunge and Micro-Mark has this machine on sale for $399.00.

      MicroLux Micro Milling Machine

      Does anyone have experience with this machine, or an opinion? I don't see myself doing any serious work in steal, so maybe. I'll give any thougths you have a lot of weignt.


      BTW For anyone who hasn't taken the advice from this forum. I got my copy of 'Tabletop Machiining' by Joe Martin today. What a surprise. I was expecting a thin book on light paper, not 350 pages of glossy, heavy paper. I've got some reading to do.
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  1. fanatic's Avatar Active Member
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    Jan 2014
    There is also the American made TAIG [sold as Peatol [spl?] in England]. I have their mill and lathe, and am pleased so far. Sherline is slicker, but smaller and more expensive. Joe Martins book is well worth the money, however, and some of the Sherline's accessories can be use on the TAIG.

  2. Mr.Tin's Avatar Established Member
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    Oct 2011
    I have used a Peatol lathe (Taig) for years and am delighted with it. I used to be a professional modelmaker and went through many different makes. The Taig is so inexpensive, but very well made. Their mill looks nice, but MUCH more expensive. Beyond me I'm afraid.
    I try to avoid Chinese stuff where possible. I did get an Indian made Burnerd type chuck for it which is a superb bit of kit for 70.

    A man needs a plan...and a shed

  3. Bugatti Fan's Avatar Established Member
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    Oct 2011
    In my last post I forgot to mention a miniature lathe made to tool room standards here in the UK.
    It is made by a company named Cowells. Considered to be the Rolls Royce of miniature model making lathes and reflected in the price!
    They come up rarely second hand. Too pricey for me so I bought a Unimat 4. The manufacture of the Unimat has been outsourced to Taiwan from the Unimat 4 model onwards.
    Whilst talking of miniature lathes there are a number of dedicated watchmakers lathes that come on to the market from time to time.
    Look at the UK site, Penny Farthing Machines where you can look at watchmakers machines and other miniature machines.

  4. Bugatti Fan's Avatar Established Member
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    Oct 2011
    Forgot to mention in my earlier posts that EMCO make a modular machining system named a UNIMAT 1 especially for hobbyists. It consists of extrusions to which are attached different modular parts to make up a miniature lathe, mill/drill, saw, woodwork lathe etc. I bought one of these prior to my larger lathe and milling machine. It is very good for what it is aimed at, namely light work on wood, plastics, brass and aluminium. So for the hobbyist it is a good starting point at a reasonable cost for doing light duty work with more precision than doing things using hand tools.
    There is a dealer in the UK named Hobbys that stock it. A look on their website will give you a really good idea of the capability of this little modular unit.
    I am sure that there will be a Stateside importer of this versatile little tool.

  5. YHOR's Avatar Active Member
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    Mar 2014
    It is a good idea. Before I had seen this type of machines but of Chinese origin, which did not give me confidence in safety and durability. But I see that Unimat has the same formats. I already have a Proxxon PD250 mini lathe, I am tempted to buy a Sherline mini milling machine, but the problem is that I have to buy it from the USA (I live in Peru), the shipping cost is very expensive, besides some of my budget escapes But the fundamental problem is that I don't know anything about its use, I never manipulated a milling machine in my life and I fear that it will be an investment that will later become a frustration


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