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dav1965
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Drill Press ?

Post by dav1965 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:34 am

I want a milling machine. I ran across a milling machine that fits on a drill press. It bolts down on the holes in the plate for the clamp on the drill press.

They have some for 40 dollars but i think they are to lightweight. They have some for about 120 dollars and i was wondering if anybody tried either of them?

I hate to waste the money.

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Re: Drill Press ?

Post by WearyTraveler » Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:44 am

I heard somewhere that using a drill press for a milling device wasn't good for the drill press. All the lateral pressure is supposed to hurt the accuracy of the press... I don't know for certain but it makes sense.

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Re: Drill Press ?

Post by babun » Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:50 am

Waste of money.
A milling machine is WAY more accurate and stable than any drill press.
Almost all drill presses have a base plate/table that is only on a round shaft with a
tooth and cog height adjustment.
A true milling machine has all it's ways {slots for adjustments} MILLED into angled steel bars.
You will be trying to measure/cut/mill small amounts on a foundation that is NOT stable.

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Re: Drill Press ?

Post by Horse Plains Drifter » Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:16 am

I will echo what babun, and WearyTraveler said. The quill/spindle on a mill is much more substantial than a drill press. A mill is subject to high lateral loads, while a drill only deals with axial loads. Also, as mentioned, the table assembly on a mill is much more bodacious and rigid. I'm sure you will not be happy with a cheesy set up.

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Re: Drill Press ?

Post by GreatGuns » Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:51 pm

This little gem has been one of the best purchases I've ever made. I bought this 20 years ago at a Harbor Freight outlet in California. "Central Machinery." Yep, it's Chinese and it's a copy of a Swiss made micro-mill. If my memory serves me, I paid just under $300 bucks for it, then through a US micro-machinery outlet I changed the head and did a few other little "tweaks" and added a ton of burrs and other accessories to make it more versatile. This has been used to create parts when parts didn't exist, or were simply financially out of reach. Car parts, motorcycle parts, gun parts, bow sight parts, crossbow parts, stupid little fun things and very delicate important things. It's been used to make things that don't exist. Since it's for tiny work, I've even made miniature firearms, that fire. I learned CNC and milling on huge industrial machines in the late 90's, then did my best to apply a more "basic" application of those skills to this. I agree with the consensus, in that an adaptation device for a drill press is not the way to go. You'll fight the machine more than you will accomplish your tasks. Of course, that's just my humble opinion. ;)

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Re: Drill Press ?

Post by babun » Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:02 pm

+1000
To Jim's mill.
A cheap mill is much better than a "good mill attachment".

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Re: Drill Press ?

Post by GreatGuns » Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:08 pm

The "epitome" of a very inexpensive, yet extremely versatile "hobby mill." Hmmm. "Hobby" kind of has a special ring to it? :P

Jim

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Re: Drill Press ?

Post by Mr. Perfect » Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:53 pm

Horse Plains Drifter wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:16 am
I will echo what babun, and WearyTraveler said. The quill/spindle on a mill is much more substantial than a drill press. A mill is subject to high lateral loads, while a drill only deals with axial loads. Also, as mentioned, the table assembly on a mill is much more bodacious and rigid. I'm sure you will not be happy with a cheesy set up.
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